NCGA Golf

Spring 2019

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> Stanford Golf Course (pictured) celebrated its re-opening March 18. Originally opened in 1930, a recent renovation focused on among other things reduction of water consumption, reconstruction of all bunkers and playability… Windsor Golf Club head professional and NCPGA PGA Player of the Year Jason Schmuhl was named to Global Golf Post's All-Pro First-Team for 2019. Schmuhl was the pro partner of NCGA president Gail Rogers at the AT&T Pro-Am... Michael Comerate was named the new GM at San Jose CC... Dave Griffiths, who retired as managing superintendent of the Pacific Grove Golf Links, died Jan. 17 due to Parkinson's Disease. He was 91… Club Champion, which sells and builds custom clubs, has opened its first Sacramento region store in Roseville (1232 Galleria Blvd.)… Congrats to Poppy Ridge GC superintendent John Ball, who won tickets to the U.S. Open at The Golf Industry Show via Delta Bluegrass Co. and Pacific Coast Seed… Community College Hall of Fame coach Luke Phillips, who led Monterey Peninsula College to a state title, five NorCal titles and eight conference titles, died in February… The membership of Diablo Country Club in Diablo recently approved a $31 million improvement that includes a complete restoration of the course and a new state-of-the-art Family Activities & Wellness Center… NCGA Golf columnist and Salinas native Alan Shipnuck won four awards, including first place in the non-daily columns category, and NCGA Golf editor Adam Schupak also received three awards in the 2019 GWAA Writing Contest… NCGA Golf Magazine earned an Outstanding Achiever Award in International Network of Golf's Media Awards for its Spring 2018 issue. News to Know NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2019 11 B eginning this year, it'll now be the best male and female players of the NCGA and Southern California Golf Association taking each other on for bragging rights. In a move to provide programming at the state level for both men and women, the California Golf Association in March announced sweeping changes to the previously named biennial Seaver Cup matches. Under the move, the name of the event will switch to the California Amateur Cup Matches. The winning team will receive the Seaver Cup, which is named in honor of NCGA Hall of Famer Charles Seaver (pictured, above). Each team, meanwhile, will now be comprised of 20 players: 12 males (four Seniors and eight non-Seniors) and eight females. Participating players are to be selected by NCGA and SCGA members of the California Golf Association board with consideration to Player of the Year Standings in both the NCGA and SCGA. This year's California Amateur Cup Matches will be held Dec.12-13 at La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta. On the course, the Cup utilizes a format similar to the Ryder Cup – three points are available for each match, one point for the front nine, one point for the back nine and one point for the overall match (any matches that are halved earn a 1/2 point). Play consists of 36 holes, with 18 holes of Four-Ball match play on day one, and 18 holes of Singles match play on day two. A California legend, Seaver is one of only two amateurs to hold the NCGA, SCGA and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing the feat in 1933-34 (the other player to complete the Golden State Slam was George Von Elm in 1925.) Other Seaver accomplishments include playing on the 1932 U.S. Walker Cup team and the Seaver legacy between the NCGA and SCGA. Seaver's father, Everett, served as SCGA President in 1928 while Seaver himself served as NCGA President in 1980. DAY TRIP . . . . . . . 12 Make your day in Carmel Valley LPGA. . . . . . . . . . . 14 Lydia Ko defends at Lake Merced Q&A. . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Q&A with Phil Llorin Olympic Feat . . . . 18 2025 U.S. Amateur Awarded to The Olympic Club Winner's Circle . . . 20 Mickelson, Kitayama, Trainer hit pay dirt SHAGbag It's Now the California Amateur Cup Matches Traditional Seaver Cup gets name/format changes

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