On Saturday May 7th 2022 we will be hosting a golf tournament at Swenson Park with a 9am shot gun start. If you are interested in sponsoring, participating or volunteering to help with this event, just click on the PDF link to download and entry form. All registration closes Friday May 29th 5pm.
Proceeds from this event will go to First Tee of San Joaquin and Friends of Swenson for course improvements. Friends of Swenson is a 401C3 non-profit - 82-4333354 Tax ID
Following the golf tournament Cars and Coffee for a cause will also be hosting a car show, Don King of Fat City BBQ and Brew will be heading up a rib cook-off event that will open to the public at noon. Competition turn-ins will be at 2pm. Following the turn-ins we will begin a concert featuring local artist Nova and ...... to follow.
History of Swenson Golf Course
In 1917 the California legislature passed a law requiring that physical education be included in public school programs. Bert E. Swenson, then moved to Stockton, California, where he became the City’s Director of Recreation, a position he held for 36 years. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Pacific in 1950.
The City of Stockton dedicated 200 acres for the Swenson Park and Golf Course in 1952, which was followed by lifetime memberships in the California Recreation Society and the California Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He passed away in 1963, with his legacy living within the existence of the Swenson Park Golf Course. Swenson was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame
in 1965, two years following his death. He was also inducted into the University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
Swenson and his wife, Stella, dedicated their lives to developing recreation opportunities for young people. The couple established the Swenson Medal in 1925 in memory of an infant son who died. The award recognizes one exemplary male and female student athletes each year for their participation in athletics, outstanding character, personality, and service and loyalty to the college.
Swenson was inducted into the Peru State Hall of Fame on Sept. 18, 2009, as a member of the 21st class. He was known to establish the Silver Lake Family Camp, several municipal golf courses, swimming pools, softball diamonds, and many of today’s parks.