Winter 2019

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We Are THE 46 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG C L U B C H A M P I O N S O ften times, championship golfers are not measured by driving distance, ball speed or strokes-gained putting. Stories of champion golfers can be found at every level of the game. This year, in our review of those who etched their name on the walls, trophies, and history books of NCGA member clubs, we highlight a former Olympic hopeful, a college basketball standout and a first-time champion who's rekindled his love affair for the game. From an Olympic hopeful to a Division-I athlete, great stories of Northern California club champions thrive BY TONY L. STARKS An Olympic Mentality Itsuko Moridaira was a world-class swimmer as a teenager. She narrowly missed representing her native Japan in the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles – which spurred a move to the U.S. in hopes of securing a spot on the United States team. However, her passion for the pool dwindled and Moridaira decided to focus on her education instead of her Olympic pursuit. While attending Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, she picked up a golf club for the first time, but her love for the game was not instantaneous. "I saw golf as an old man's sport," Moridaira says. "I was a very good athlete and I did not think golf was for me." Champ Itsuko Moridaira claimed the Women's Club Championship at Green Valley CC for a third time. On the men's side, Michael Lee (right) also won his third title.

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