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Vietnamese Golf Alliance of Southern California

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Vietnamese Golf Alliance of Southern California
Founded1997; 24 years ago (1997)
FounderHai T. Tran
Inaugural season2016, 5 years ago
PresidentPaul Nguyen
MottoServing the Members and Growing the Game
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersWestminster, California
Official websitevgasocal.com

The Vietnamese Golf Alliance of Southern California ( VGA of SoCal) was created in 1997 as the only Vietnamese golf club of the Southern California region. This organization was first established by a group of friends who wanted to venture out and interact with current and potential members of the Vietnamese-American communities across Southern California (i.e., Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties). Not only is this organization dedicated to individuals who shared a passion for golf, but also giving back to the local and international communities through charities and sponsorships. Over the years, VGA of SoCal has participated in challenging courses and tournaments for their members and guests, with the California Cup as the highlight of the sessions. Its main goal is to provide a friendly and opening environment for everyone regardless of age, gender, talent, or race.


On October, 2016, the 1st ever VGA of SoCal Invitational Tournament and VGA Cup Competition between the Vietnamese Golf Alliance of Southern California (VGA of SoCal) and the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA) took place at Ho Tram Golf Club, Vietnam. More than sixty (60) members of VGA of SoCal (some with family members) travelled from the United States to participate in this unique and special event in Vietnam. Long lasting memories, friendship, culture exchange, and charity fundraising resulted from this golf competition event. Many generous sponsorships and donations in this golf tournament and charity fundraising event helped contribute to the purchase of ten (10) ambulances for distribution throughout the rural parts of Vietnam.


The VGA conducts major events including the VGA of SoCal Invitational Tournament and VGA Cup Competition comprise of two separate events. The first, VGA of SoCal Invitational Tournament; since this event is “Invitational”, it will include all guest players from Vietnam, VGA of SoCal Invitational Tournament and The 2nd VGA Cup sponsor guests, invited guests players from various Vietnamese golf clubs throughout the United States (up to four (4) players from each club) and VGA of SoCal members. This shotgun start event will take place over two (2) rounds of 18 holes each in the form of combine strokes competition. There will be best gross winner, winners from A-Flight, B-Flight and C-Flight, hole-in-one prizes, near-pin prizes on all par-3’s and long drive prizes.


Board of Committee
The Board of Committees shall consist of five (5) members in good standing of the Vietnamese Golf Alliance of Southern California and they shall exercise all powers of management of the club not specifically excepted by these byLaws.The Board of Committees shall meet at such times and places as they may select and a majority of the Committees shall constitute a quorum at any meeting. In the case of any vacancy through death, resignation, disqualification or other cause, the remaining Committees, even though less than a quorum, may elect a successor by majority vote to hold office for the unexpired term of the director whose place shall be vacant, and until the election of his successor.

VGA SoCal membership is available to all men and women. Membership dues shall be set in such amounts as the Committee determines to be adequate to operate and maintain the Club. Membership dues shall be payable annually. Members shall agree and abide by and support the By-Laws and general policies of the club, observed course etiquette and proper conduct and play by USGA Rules. Members must be in good standing, and show good moral conduct. The fiscal year for the club will be September 1st through July 31st. In the event that any member of the club shall commit any act which reflects discredit or disrepute thereon or shall refuse or neglect to comply with the rules and regulations adopted by the Committee, such member shall be subject to suspension or expulsion by a majority vote by the Committee after ten (10) days written notice to such Member and the right to be heard.

The VGA Cup[edit]

With the many positive experiences resulted from the October of 2016 event, the VGA of SoCal and VGA to compete in team format. The team play format is as follows:

  • Saturday - Team Four Ball (team best ball (better ball) matches)
  • Sunday - Single matches
    • A-Flight Team
      • Twelve (12) players during competition with two (2) alternates
      • Handicap index 0 – 7.0
    • B-Flight Team
      • Six (6) players during competition with one (1) alternate
      • Handicap index greater than 7.1
    • Honorary Team
      • Six (6) players during competition with one (1) alternate
      • Team member must be older than 48 years of age
    • Lady Team (if available)
      • One (1) player

At conclusion of all matches played, the team with a highest total score wins The VGA Cup. At conclusion of all matches played, should the matches end in a tie, the winning team from the previous VGA Cup retains the VGA Cup.

Growth of the Game[edit]

To continue this new and great tradition, to reciprocate, there were more than fifty (50) friends and golfers from Vietnam to participate in the 2nd VGA of SoCal Invitational Tournament and the 2nd VGA Cup Competition between the VGA of SoCal and the VGA. This event was held on August 11th and 12th, 2018 at the Pacific Palms Resort and Golf Club; located at 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry, CA 91744.[1]
VGA Reach
One of the goals of the VGA is to stage tournaments and events for members and their guests to play at some of the most beautiful and challenging courses throughout Southern California. Also, most importantly their vision includes giving back to the communities.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. cah, 247. "VGA Invitational" (PDF). vgasocal. Retrieved 9 November 2018.

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