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6 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E E D I T O R N ot a single golf ball was struck during this issue's instruction shoot. I've done a lot of golf instruction pieces in my day and that was a first, and yet it still wasn't the most unusual thing associated with the spring edition instruction feature. That would have to be the phone conversation leading up to the shoot with instructor Fred Shoemaker, a prince of a man and a deep thinker who thinks outside of outside the box. His challenge to me: Could we create an article so impactful that readers would clip it and save it? He challenged me to imagine a scenario where instead of giving tips on how to fix a slice, we instead shifted the learning paradigm away from focusing on what golfers do wrong and create the awareness for personal change. Challenge accepted. In short, he had the lofty goal of creating an instruction that could help not only your game, but other facets of your life. Heady stuff, I know. Annika Sorenstam excelled on the golf course, in part, because of Vision 54, a belief that she could birdie all 18 holes in a single round. She came as close as any woman ever has on the LPGA Tour when she shot 59. Now, she's helping other young golfers chase their dreams and has found happiness in being a mother to her two children and one of the game's foremost ambassadors. That's a flawless scorecard in my book. This issue is chock full of people worthy of our admiration. From M.J. McColgan, who adopted his mother's approach to focus on his ability, not his disability en route to winning 48 gold medals in the Special Olympics to Casey Boyns who's filled the entrance to NCGA headquarters at Poppy Hills with a vast collection of trophies. The writer in me has long admired Art Spander and Al Barkow who are still going strong at 80 and 86 years young, respectively. Art has the energy of a man half his age and Al, who's hard at work on a story for our summer issue, has forgotten more about the history of the game than most of today's so-called experts know. And then there are Eddie Nolen and Marla Day, for whom golf is a hobby on designer steroids. Perhaps they can take a day off from playing a round—Nolen logged 312 in 2018, Day 231— to watch the U.S. Open this June at Pebble Beach Golf Links. What a treat for the national championship to return to Pebble after just nine years. Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis was scheduled to host the 1942 U.S. Open, but the event was cancelled after the outbreak of World War II. The club is still waiting for its rain check. We, on the other hand, are becoming spoiled with major championships. The PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park is less than a year away and the first U.S. Women's Open at Pebble in 2023 isn't too far off. Last but definitely not least is a terrific story by writer Brian Hewitt. You may recognize his byline from stints at Chicago Sun Times, Golfweek or Golf Channel. He's retired now but proved he hasn't lost anything off his fastball by capturing the essence of Pacific Grove Golf Links, the beloved muni where Hewitt's hanging his hat these days. Pacific Grove's dunesy back-nine rivals those of its more famous nearby neighbors. Through The PG Bandits and The Niners, the women's group of which his wife is a member, Hewitt reminds us why PG is the soul and spirit of muni golf in the best sense. As Hewitt so eloquently put it, if you take Pacific Grove for what it is, you will come to love the place. If you expect it to be something it isn't, you are missing the point. My challenge to you, our readers: don't just clip-n-save Shoemaker's instruction piece, but savor your spring issue for years to come. A Challenge Unlike Any Other BY ADAM SCHUPAK, EDITOR THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION Volume 39, Number 2 Editorial and Business Office: Northern California Golf Association 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-625-4653; NCGA.org; ncgainfo@ncga.org NCGA Staff: Chief Executive Officer: Joe Huston Managing Editor, Asst. 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