John Sirman


John Sirman’ s lifelong love affair with golf began more than 50 years ago in the San Joaquin Valley. Over time the Fresno resident has supported youth and given his resources back to the game he loves, including serving on the board of the NCGA. Now in his late ‘60s and still an avid golf fan, he wants to ensure his legacy includes the opportunity for kids to learn about life through golf. Youth on Course is giving him the opportunity to do just that. Through clinics, affordable access to golf, internships and college scholarships, John knows thousands of kids throughout Northern California just need the opportunity to succeed.

They will have that chance thanks to his recent decision to name Youth on Course as the beneficiary of his estate. The planned gift will allow the NCGA Foundation to continue to expand the Youth on Course program in Fresno and other communities throughout the region.

John Sirman’s contribution is one of the largest individual private gifts the NCGA Foundation has received and will ensure an increased number of at- risk youth are rewarded for their hard work on and off the golf course.

“Golf taught me so much about being a gentleman; I want to share what my parents gave me...the gift of golf,” said Sirman.    

John Sirman
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Donna Lowe and Lake Merced Golf Club


Donna M. Lowe, CCM, General Manager - Lake Merced Golf Club
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Donna Lowe and Lake Merced Golf Club
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Dave Baker


Work hard and succeed, but never at the expense of your integrity.

Brian Davis isn’t the best known name in golf.  Do you know who he is?  Brian Davis is the player who called a penalty on himself in the Verizon Heritage to essentially cost himself the tournament in a playoff with Jim Furyk.

It’s the message that Brian Davis delivers about the integrity of the game of golf and the people who play it, that has drawn me to volunteer my time to the NCGA Foundation Honorary Board and our Youth On Course initiative.

What better message could we send to our youth?  Work hard and succeed, but never at the expense of your integrity.

I was introduced to the Foundation by Pat Quinn and Gary Vandeweghe, two gentlemen that to me represent the epitome of honor and integrity.  Their selfless efforts, along with numerous others, has provided a platform for volunteers like me to do what little we can with our time to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us.  The Youth On Course initiative allows volunteers like me the ability to “pay it forward”.

A whole lot of “littles” when combined, can make one “BIG” difference.

That’s why I’m involved with the NCGA Foundation. More information on how to support the NCGA Foundation is available here.

Dave Baker
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Linda Rindt


Golf is not a fair game, life is not fair. In the game of golf, you alone are responsible for the outcome, good or bad. Sounds like life.

I am an avid player of the game of Golf. This is not the reason why I support the NCGA Foundation. I support the Foundation because I believe the game of golf most closely mirror the business, or game, of living.

Golf is not a fair game, life is not fair.  In the game of golf, you alone are responsible for the outcome, good or bad. Sounds like life.

You keep your own score in golf, you get good bounces sometimes, but you could also get punished when you hit seemingly good shots. But, if you keep making the right decisions and playing good shots, you do get rewarded by improvement in your game, and may be carding good scores over the long run. In life, if you consistently do the right thing by yourself and by others, you will be rewarded by having lived a rewarding life.

The NCGA Foundation provides young people the opportunity to learn and develop as solid citizens through the game of golf.  Many might never develop a love for the game as I have. I believe they will have learned key 'life skills' to increase their chances of success in growing up as contributing citizens. I feel very good about supporting the NCGA Foundation. I like to think I have helped in the development of young people into interesting and decent adults.

Linda Rindt
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