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6 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG Price Includes: s One night stay at the luxury Twin Pine Casino & Hotel s 18-holes of golf at Hidden Valley Lake Golf Club s Golf Cart included s Driving Range Token s 20% Off Additional Rounds s Available Year-Round (ARTMANN 2OAD s (IDDEN VallEY ,AKE, CA 95467 707.987.3035 Stay Play Golf For Reservations and Information: Call Richard Pritchard, PGA, & reserve your custom package and preferred tee times. from $ 79 00 All rates subject to change. Call for details. See what golfers say about us... 5 / 5 Best Back Nine! 4.3 / 5 Great course, nice 19th hole 4 / 5 A great surprise with lots of variety! 5 / 5 It's a true test of your abilities. Good shots are rewarded and the opposite for bad shots. You will not be disappointed. pp. dbl. occ. P R E S I D E N T ' S D E S K T he Rules of Golf define a stroke as "…the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball." This past May, I experienced a stroke of a very different kind. I had been playing with two of my close friends (Todd Lee and Jerry Reguera) at PGA West. Following our last round, we returned to our house and the unthinkable happened. If it hadn't been for the quick response of my friends, and the assistance provided by the ambulance service, the doctors and nurses of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and later Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, I wouldn't be here to write this. It's hard to imagine the soul searching that you do when something like this happens. Will I play golf again? Will I see my wife, my kids and my grandchildren ever again? Will I survive? But with the excellent care provided to me, and with the love of my wife Carol, and my kids Tracy and Haley, who flew/drove out to see me, I'm on the mend. Who knew that I'd discover that I had so many friends that sent hundreds of cards, emails and texts? Who knew that the NCGA Board and our staff would express so much sympathy and support for me during a time of great need ... and never missed a beat? I will be forever grateful for all of your support. With all of this help and encouragement, I am now back walking the golf course I love (North Ridge CC), and playing the game I love so much. I am so truly fortunate! But enough about me. Let me take this opportunity to point out some really remarkable things happening at the NCGA. In July, the 70th U.S. Girls' Junior Championship was held at Poppy Hills, the first USGA championship ever held at YOUR golf course. Fittingly, it was won by NCGA member Yealimi Noh. Notably, fellow Northern Californian Lucy Li also shot a women's course record (and championship-tying record) 9-under 62. Try that on for size my friends. A month earlier in June, fellow NCGA member Bobby Bucey won the California Amateur at La Costa Resort. Most recently, we saw former Junior Tour of Northern California star Thomas Hutchison win the annual NCGA Amateur Match Play Champi- onship and Jeff Wilson capture the U.S. Senior Am. On Sept. 27, meanwhile, the NCGA inducted its newest Hall of Fame class: amateurs Sally Voss Krueger and Randy Haag, and pros Pat Hurst and Tony Lema. The Distin- guished Service Award went to former Pebble Beach Company icon RJ Harper. Last, but certainly not least, we continue to work with the PWGA and the WGANC women's organizations in an effort to integrate them into the NCGA family. By now, you should have all received, via your bi-monthly GHIN E-revision update, a report signed by the respective presidents of the three organizations. A collaboration team has been formed to address the many important issues surrounding an integration of this kind, and real progress is being made. The NCGA has committed to preserving and enhancing the history and the traditions of the women's organizations, retaining their volunteers and staff, doing everything possible to preserve Play Days and Open Days and forming a Women's Committee to support and promote women's golf in Northern California. A vote of the memberships of the PWGA and the WGANC will be held in 2019. If the unification proposal is approved, it will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. Golf is an inspirational and aspirational sport. But more importantly, it's a valued GAME to be PLAYED with friends, family and new acquaintances. You realize that even more when the possibility of losing your ability to play emerges in your life. I know ... I've been there. Get out there and play! Gratitude Both On and Off the Course BY TOM BONE

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