Richard And Helen Close Golf Tournament - To Support the LA5 Scholarship Committee

$500 Entry Fee
​Breakfast and Lunch included

Wilshire Country Club
301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Richard And Helen Close Golf Tournament - To Support the LA5 Scholarship Committee

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LA5 Golf Committee presents the Richard and Helen Close Golf Tournament at the Wilshire Country Club

Entry Fee: $500 - Breakfast & Lunch Included


  • 7:30 am Range
  • 9:30 am Shotgun Start

2 Man Scramble:

Better Ball of partners, gross, less one half combined full handicaps.


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Jared Smith - Chairman

  • (626) 688-5748

Bo Lee - Chairman

  • (858) 349-9140

Sponsorship opportunities available upon request​

Format: Wednesday, March 4

Better Ball of partners, gross, less one half of combined full handicaps.


Entrants are limited to those receiving invitations. Partners can be members of any club or organization recognized by the USGA.


There can be no more than a 10 stroke differential between partners. The Rotary Golf Committee reserves the right to modify any handicap at its discretion.

Entry Fees:

Entry Fees must be paid (30) days in advance to tournament. Online payment available at or mail checks to - (1288 Glen Oaks Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105) attn: Jared Smith. Those waitlisted and ultimately not making the field will have their entry fees returned.

Wilshire Attire:

Gentlemen are required to wear slacks on the Golf Course. All shirts must have a collar, a mock neck, a turtleneck or jewel neckline, and must be tucked in at all times. Ladies may wear slacks or skirts on the course and in the Clubhouse area. No shorts are permitted.

Wilshire Cell Phone Usage:

With the exception of emergency use, cell phone conversations may only take place in the praking lot or the Card Room of the Clubhouse. Please be courteous of our members and other guests. Silent use of media devices is acceptable throughout the property but we ask that you remain mindful of those around you.

To Support A Brighter Future For Los Angeles Youth

Since 1970, the Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) has given scholarships to high school students heading to college. In that first year, LA5 gave $3,000 to each deserving scholar. Ten years later, LA5 gave scholarships in the amount of $10,000. In 2020, LA5 plans to give $10,000 to twenty-five exceptional students graduating from schools located within Los Angeles County.

The large increase in funding available for scholarships is due in part to the generosity of former members of the Club who endowed the scholarship program with generous gifts. The first LA5 Rotarian to do so was Richard Close, who contributed $3,000,000 toward funding future scholars. Other Rotarians followed their lead, funding the foundation to what it is today. The Kirk family, Coppesmith family, Barr family, and the Walch family all made significant contributions.

Each year, LA5 receives over 150 applications from some of the best and brightest high school seniors around Los Angeles. We award scholarships to underpriviliged students to assist them toward achieving a college undergraduate degree. These are students who are often the first in their family to attend college, many live near the federal poverty line and live in tough and underserved neighborhoods. All of our scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and share compelling stories with us about overcoming adversity. All of the scholars are naturally gifted and motivated to succeed. Typically, scholars maintained an unweighted high school GPA between 3.7 and 4.0 and had SAT scores above 1450. LA5 scholars attend many of the country’s most prestigious universities, including, Brown, Princeton, MIT, Harvard, UCLA, UC Berkley, Stanford, Wellesley, and USC, among others.

Scholarships are given to the students directly; and they can use the fund in whatever way they see fit. We find that our scholars use the money we award to help with many necessities and expenses others take for granted. For example, scholars routinely report back that they used their scholarship to help with winter clothing, textbooks, laptop computers, and airline tickets to visit their families in Los Angeles.

In 2019, for the first time, a former LA5-scholar joined the Club as member. We expect more will follow in the coming years.