MAR 2019

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FACES OF THE NCGA R oger Maltbie is more known today for wearing a headset as an analyst for NBC, but there was a time when he was recognized for his own game. Born in Modesto and raised in San Jose, the now 67-year- old Maltbie first made noise by winning the San Jose Country Club championships at ages 18 and 19 before capturing the bigger prize of the 1972 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill. Later, he'd further break through on the PGA Tour, winning back-to-back events in 1975 to claim Rookie of the Year honors. He'd collect three more Tour wins, including the inaugural Memorial, where he memorably survived a four-hole playoff. He'd finish with 56 career top 10s on the Tour, and nearly captured the elusive major in 1987 when he tied for fourth at the Masters. How'd you originally get into golf? In 1956 we moved to the east side of San Jose. We were a block from San Jose Country Club. I have a brother who's five years older. We'd find balls that had gone through the range. Well, my brother found some clubs. Eventually we started sneaking on the course and we'd get thrown off. One time, the head pro, Eddie Duino, gave us a ride home though and told our parents, 'These are good kids. If they want to do odd jobs around the shop, I'd be happy to have them.' We joined the club a year later. Faces of the NCGA: Roger Maltbie Q & A

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