Richard Myles Johnson Foundation Golf Classic nets $75,000

ONTARIO, CA (August 22, 2019) — On a cool and sunny day, 125 golfers took to the links at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA, to participate in this year’s Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation/CU Direct Golf Classic.

The Aug. 12 event—in which Ontario, CA-based CU Direct once again served as title sponsor—raised $75,000 for the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada.

“The success of events such as this one helps us to fund the Foundation’s Bite of Reality program,” said RMJ Executive Director Tena Lozano. “The program provides youth with a taste of real-work financial realities in a fun, interactive manner. So far this year we’ve reached 16,500 young people throughout California and Nevada, and we’re on track to reach our goal of 28,000.”

The tournament’s winning group came from Manhattan Beach, CA-based Kinecta Federal Credit Union: Kamal Ahmed, Joe Cohen, Mike Lynch, and Ken Potter. The foursome of Heri Garcia, Billy Hargus, Pat Mulvaney, and Mike Starbuck from San Bernardino, CA-based Thinkwise Credit Union came in second. In third place was the grouping of Ray Bartus, Ben Holguin, and Ray Leyva from Cerritos, CA-based POPA Federal Credit Union.

In addition to CU Direct, other major sponsors were CO-OP Financial Services, CUNA Mutual, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union, PSCU, Fiserv, SRM Corp., Thinkwise Credit Union, and Educational Employees Credit Union. Champion sponsors were VISA, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, University Credit Union, Xceed Financial Credit Union, and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

L-R: The 2019 Richard Myles Johnson Foundation/CU Direct Golf Classic’s winning foursome: Joe Cohen, Kamal Ahmed, Mike Lynch, and Ken Potter from Manhattan Beach, CA-based Kinecta Federal Credit Union.

About Richard Myles Johnson Foundation

Founded in 1958, the RMJ Foundation is dedicated to supporting credit union efforts in spreading the financial literacy message to young people. The Foundation offers the Bite of Reality program, a hands-on simulation program that teaches the basics of finances to teenagers. It is funded through donations from credit unions, League chapters, corporations providing credit union services, and individuals. More information about the Foundation is available at its website at   


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