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Local joins Gulbis, Sutherland into Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame

Began playing on boys golf team
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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SACRAMENTO _ Although surprised by her induction into the First Tee of Greater Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame, Rocklin’s Angie Dixon joined the LPGA’s Natalie Gulbis and the PGA’s David Sutherland in receiving that honor earlier this year. Dixon has certainly earned her selection as a former high school and collegiate golfer, member of Ladies Professional Golf Association and current executive director of Sacramento’s First Tee. However, she felt her induction came sooner than she would have thought. “I felt like I was a little young to be receiving it and I wasn’t quite sure why they picked me,” Dixon said with a laugh. She got the news of the nomination committee’s decision from her friend Ken Morton Jr. She was told the choice was made because of the unprecedented impact she made on youth in connection with the sport. However, Dixon also earned her place in golf well before she used the game to impact the area’s children. She, too, was the product of The First Tee starting out as an 11-year-old with the Little Linkers at Haggin Oaks, the golf course where her husband now serves as manager. “(Golf) models life. It’s a game of integrity,” Dixon said. She played on El Camino High School’s boys golf team before girls golf was introduced. In 1989, she was the individual champion of the NorCal High School Championship held on the Monterey Peninsula. She also made it to the quarterfinals of the USGA Womens Public Links Championship a couple years later. “It was a good thing,” Dixon said, “a very good thing.” She went on to play at the University of Washington on scholarship. She won the Oregon State Invitational in 1993, one year before she turned professional. While at the university, she was recognized as a collegiate scholar athlete. After returning to Sacramento, she organized Loretto High School’s first golf team and served as its coach for 14 years. The school closed in 2009. “For me, these days, my greatest joy is all the scholarship and the awards that the kids get,” said Dixon. “I love seeing what these kids get to do and how they get rewarded for doing a great job in the community.” In 2001, she became the director of competitive play for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. In 2011, she was named its executive director.