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Hello Lahontan Jon Peterson joined Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee this year, and he has already made his mark. "When you shoot 67 in the final round of the club champi- onship to force a playoff, people tend to notice," says Brian Bischoff, the club's PGA Assistant Professional. The championship was a two-man race, with Peterson's scores of 72-67 — 139 being matched by long-time club member Jonas Mikals. During regulation play, the two came to the short par-5 18th all square. Mikals' approach left him with a six-foot left-to-right breaking putt for eagle while Peterson stared down 10 feet for birdie. "I thought I'd lost at that point," says Peterson. "But as fortune turns out, I made my birdie and his eagle putt just slid by the hole on the left." Back on the 18th during the playoff, Mikals again faced a six- foot putt, but this time for birdie to extend the match. When his putt missed once more — this time on the right side — Peterson tapped in for birdie and was crowned champion of Lahontan Golf Club in his first year as a member. Peterson, 45, played college golf at University of the Pacific in Stockton before venturing on a six-year journey into professional golf. He worked his way through the mini tours, while recording a single start on the PGA Tour at the 2000 Waste Management Phoenix Open. At the age of 27, he quit the pro ranks. Working as the general manager of two automotive dealerships and having regained his amateur status in 2004, Peterson says that his passion for the game has returned. 48 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG "Golf is so much more enjoyable these days," he says. "The bad days don't last very long. If I happen to have a bad competitive round, I forget about it before I go to sleep that night." He and his wife of 16 years, Shelly, also have two daughters: Taylor, 11, and Hailey, 9. They have both showed an interest in the game, and the rounds he plays with them are his most treasured golf experiences. "Life is in perspective now," Peterson says, "and I think my golf game reflects the good place that I'm in." A TOAST TO 20: MORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLUB CHAMPIONS Roger Pineda Palo Alto Hills Country Club, Palo Alto Rick James Almaden Country Club, San Jose Jason Anthony The Olympic Club, San Francisco Connie Isler The Olympic Club, San Francisco Debbie Maderos Butte Creek Country Club, Chico Karen Garcia Auburn Valley Golf Club, Auburn Lynne Cowan Sierra View Country Club, Roseville Missy Arington Almaden Country Club, San Jose Sierra Summers Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento Tracy Freeman Yolo Fliers Club, Woodland Mike Furlong Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, Ripon Chad Solter Meadow Club, Fairfax Johnny Partridge Marin Country Club, Novato Josh Watney Fort Washington Golf & Country Club, Fresno Edwin Lee Moraga Country Club, Moraga Michelle Burr Martis Camp Club, Truckee Jonathan Gould Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach Meghan Tuohey Meadow Club, Truckee Himali Ghale Marin Country Club, Novato Bob Perry-Smith Martis Camp Club, Truckee

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