Willie Simmons, 91, A Community Difference-Maker

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer

Willie L. Simmons, 91, says he has been around the game of golf for more than 80 years. Simmons is the founder of the Northern California Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association. Russell Stiger Jr., OBSERVER

Since 2012, 91-year-old local golf instructor and nonprofit operator Willie L. Simmons has competed in every Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) Golf Scholarship Classic. 

At the latest RFDC fundraiser held at Rocklin’s Whitney Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 24, Simmons showed the participants and donors that he is not displaying any signs of slowing down. 

According to Simmons, great health, a sound mind, ever-so-humble attitude and “14 to 15 holes of golf every Tuesday” are the keys to his presence on the golf links. 

“Just get up every morning and you’ll make it the rest of the way,” he said. “But the key thing, playing golf,


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