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NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2019 33 The U.S. Open Comes Home to Pebble We preview the return of our national championship to our backyard through the stories of people who are every bit champions of the game. The U.S. Open Comes Home to Pebble EVAN SCHILLER/COURTESY PEBBLE BEACH COMPANY P ebble Beach Golf Links is primed to host its sixth U.S. Open this June as the fabled layout celebrates its 100th birthday. It only seems like golf writers Art Spander and Al Barkow were there to chronicle that opening day, but these two wily veterans have been following the sun and chronicling Opens at Pebble since the first of the handful in 1972 and plan to be there this June to see who hoists the trophy. For the inside scoop on how the course will play, we turn to Casey Boyns, who has only caddied 10,000 rounds at Pebble, give or take a few. Boyns is a local legend, winning a record 23 total NCGA titles in his spare time and a most deserving place in the NCGA Hall of Fame. And then there's Pacific Grove Golf Links, its back nine designed by Jack Neville, the very mastermind behind Pebble. Located just down the road and with its own set of stunning views of the Pacific, "PG," as it is affectionately called, has long attracted a band of characters known to one and all there as The Bandits. These dewsweepers along with "The Niners," a Monday morning group made up of ladies from the Pacific Grove Women's Golf Club, capture the spirit of a place that is everything we love about golf and then some. These are stories of people of the NCGA that are every bit worth celebrating as the champion who will be crowned at Pebble on June 16. C O V E R S T O R Y

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