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8 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E C E O ' S D E S K I t has been said that there is no such thing as bad weather on the golf course, only inappropriate attire. If that's true, most of us have been guilty of some unfortunate choice of outfits this year. The start of the season has certainly led to some challenging condi- tions at courses across the region. Fortunately, your two member golf courses—Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge—have made it through and are now in excellent condition going into the prime season. Northern California has a lot to take pride in as we continue to host outstanding championship golf year after year. Last year, Poppy Hills hosted the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, and this year brings the U.S. Open to Pebble Beach Golf Links as the property celebrates its 100th birthday. And major championships continue to come to our area, as TPC Harding Park will host the 2020 PGA Championship. The NCGA continues to make excellent progress on several fronts, particularly as we focus on increasing participation with all golfers in our region. This includes ensuring our members are aware of all the benefits and golf opportunities available to them, as well as focusing new programming for two critical groups: juniors and women golfers. We couldn't be happier with the progress of our foundation that started in 2006, as Youth on Course now serves over 16,000 youth in our region alone! Adam Heieck and his team are doing a fantastic job both supporting the growth in our region while expanding the program geographically, now in 29 states and Canada. YOC has been recognized in the industry as one of the top growth-of-the-game initiatives. Learn more about how you can support this at To further support women's golf, we are working closely with the Pacific Women's Golf Association and the Women's Golf Association of Northern California. We are pleased with how the organizations are working together on plans for a potential unification. We are optimistic that together we bring even more benefits to our collective women members while retaining the great history and events all three organizations offer. We think that we have a bright future together! We are also planning a women's golf summit at Poppy Hills later this year, working together with the Northern California PGA. We are fortunate to have great leaders supporting this initiative: Gail Rogers, NCGA President; Dede Moriarty, NCPGA President; and Suzy Whaley, PGA of America President. Your team at the NCGA has some exciting changes. Ryan Gregg has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Ryan oversees the team in charge of all NCGA programming, including our competitions, Rules educations, travel program, member outings and the Junior Tour of Northern California (500 + events each year). We are fortunate to have such an outstanding leader on our team. Congratulations Ryan! We are also thrilled to have Steve Schroeder join Poppy Hills as General Manager & Chief Operating Officer of Poppy Holding, Inc., the organization that oversees both Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge. Steve brings over 30 years of industry experience to this position, and has an excellent track record of results. Welcome Steve! Finally, I also want to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who dedicate countless hours to the game of golf and the NCGA by conducting course ratings, officiating our tournaments and volunteering at the club level. We continue to recruit volunteers for many roles, including our new Club Ambassador program. For those interested in becoming more involved, please contact us or go to Sam Snead said "Nobody asks how you looked, just what you shot," but I hope we all have the appropriate golf attire for a bright and sunny rest of this year! Bright and Sunny Days Ahead BY JOE HUSTON

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