In July, we launched our monthly community spotlight. We love seeing our growing, diverse community around the course: from beloved, long-time members of the Corica Park family to new friends just discovering the space. Scroll down to “meet” some of the people that help make Corica Park what it is.
August Spotlight: Iris Mitchell
Meet Iris Mitchell, 10+ year Alameda resident, dedicated mother, and education advocate. We met Iris at AUSD’s End of Year BBQ with Families of Color in May. She attended our inaugural Womens’ Day clinic with her daughter, and we loved getting to know her and her lovely children better this summer during our On The Green Summer Camp. Her son Orion, formerly a very occasional golfer, is so hooked that he is now watching televised golf tournaments! Her daughter Olaniyi loved making friends from all over the Bay Area, how diverse the camp was, and how inclusive it was for older beginner youth golfers like herself.
Greetings, my name is Iris F. Mitchell. I am originally from El Salvador but was raised in San Francisco. I moved to Alameda in 2010. I have a background in finance and I am currently a stay-at-home mom raising two children and Mr. Fluffy, a bunny. My daughter is a 7th grader at St. Joseph's. My son is in 3rd grade at Bay Farm Elementary. I am an actively involved parent of children very involved in sports. I am a co-founding member of Alameda Parents Unified where we advocate for student and parent rights and also work closely with AUSD as a member of Alameda Mosaic. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family, friends & the community.
I have taken a recent interest in golf and all the treasures that come with it. Everything that Corica Park is doing to create a welcoming, diverse space for the entire community is working. I can see it and feel it! I have lived in Alameda for ten years, but have never spent so much time at the course as I have in the last month. I know our family will be enjoying this close retreat from home for many years to come. I invite you to take a second look. You won't be disappointed. – In Everything we do, Love wins. Blessings. Iris Mitchell
Thank you, Iris, for being a big part of what makes our Corica Park family so special!
July Spotlight: Bob Blanchard
For our inaugural spotlight, we profile Bob Blanchard, long-time Alameda resident, avid golfer and junior golf tournament starter extraordinaire! He has been coming to the course since 1948, joining five generations of the Blanchard family with deep roots at Corica Park.
My Grandfather, my Father, myself, our daughters and our 22 year old grandson have played golf at Alameda/Corica Park Golf Course - making 5 generations of the Blanchard family patrons in the Alameda Golf scene. My fondest memories are taking free golf lessons from The first Golf Pro Earl Fry on Saturday mornings, working at the golf course, cleaning golf clubs, golf shoes, sweeping floors, washing windows, caddying and playing the original golf course. My Mother would pack a lunch and I would head out to the golf course, crossing over the first wooden bridge to Bay Farm Island. I would spend the whole day at the course walking home with my clubs around dinner time. I was fortunate to grow up at the course with so many Great Generation players and their children that served America in World War II. The wonderful experience was a safe haven for a young boy to learn respect, politeness, proper behavior and a game that has lasted a lifetime. There are many more memories I have but suffice to say I was very lucky growing up in Alameda and working and playing golf at a wonderful golf course and a beautiful City. --Bob Blanchard