The Stars & Stripes Celebrity Golf Tournament
Golf became extremely popular during WWII because it could be played anywhere, from barracks to prison yards, as evidenced by the book 'When War Played Through'.
Bing Crosby and Maurie Luxford brought this tournament to the Ventura County Country Club to benefit the large local military community. He also brought many friends.
Bob Hope joined Crosby on April 5, 1943. Other celebrities playing that day were golf star athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, actors Mickey Rooney and Randolph Scott, radio star, Harry Von Zell, power golfer and alleged bank robber, Mysterious Montague, and golf sports writer, 'Scotty' Chisholm in his famous kilts.
A crowd of 7,500 paid $.55 a ticket for the show of their lives to 'benefit the boys'
Ladies Day - The SWGA & Pro Tony Lazane
In 1946 the Saticoy Womens Golf Association organized and was incorporated in 1947. This attracted players like Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) co-founder, Louise Suggs, to play at SCC. Francis Randall was a founding SWGA member ad a Southland golf champion.
A special and enduring person was hired. In 1946, Tony Lazane would become the golf pro at SCC and become a legend. He would serve the club for 31 years.
Happy Days Are Here Again
Within a year, membership soared to 180 BY 1947. The banner year was 1949. Tournaments multiplied and the SCC is a winner. Ted Gleichmann and his team-mates accepted first place trophies at the Ojai Country Club. Post WWII prosperity fueled an atmosphere of fun as shown by the wonderful photographs of the club Luau, Halloween party, and Tour-n-about Tourney. The SCC was constantly in the news as THE place to be.