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18 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G T here's another big event coming to Northern California. In February, the USGA announced that The Olympic Club will host the 2025 U.S. Amateur Championship. It will mark the fourth U.S. Amateur (1958, 1981, 2007) to be held at Olympic, which is also set to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Open. The club has hosted five U.S. Opens, including Jack Fleck's three-stroke playoff victory over Ben Hogan in 1955 and Billy Casper's four-stroke playoff win over Arnold Palmer in 1966. The Olympic Club also is scheduled as the site of the 2028 PGA Championship and 2032 Ryder Cup. Other events set to be held in NorCal in 2025 are the Walker Cup (Cypress Point Club) and Presidents Cup (TPC Harding Park). N CGA member Craig Cornell can still hear the voice now, "Nice shot, Craig!" Cornell, 66, got to hear those words coming from none other than Tiger Woods during a private lesson in February. The Cambria resident won the extremely rare opportunity after winning the grand prize in a contest put on by Bridgestone Golf and the National Golf Foundation. "I was in awe," Cornell told the San Luis Obispo Tribune. "It was just unreal." A longtime NCGA course rater who represents Chalk Mountain Golf Course Men's Club on the San Luis Obispo County Parks' golf course advisory committee, Cornell ironically shared a mutual friend with Woods, Morro Bay and Chalk Mountain Director of Golf Rudy Duran. Duran was Woods' first coach, teaching him from ages 4 to 10. Cornell would take his brother, Chris, to the lesson, which was held at the Medalist Club in Florida, Woods' home course. At the club, Cornell prepared for his lesson in front of a locker for "President Bush." "Word spread throughout the place that Tiger was there," Cornell said, "and soon there were about 25 people, all standing at the back of Tiger's tees. He has his own tees there, and that's where the lesson was." Among Woods' suggestions during the approximately 40-minute lesson, Cornell said, was to "move the ball forward in my stance, which helped me stay inside the ball a little." "I was hitting the ball really well," Cornell said. "I think it was the adrenaline … then I went to the drives, hitting nice high ones. That's when I heard the voice behind me saying, 'Nice drive, Craig!'" The Olympic Club to Host 2025 U.S. Amateur Nice Shot, INDEED

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