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T he Northern California golf region has become stronger for all as a result of the June 24 vote that approved the unification of the Pacific Women's Golf Association (PWGA), Women's Golf Association of Northern California (WGANC) and Northern California Golf Association (NCGA). Set to become officially effective on Jan. 1, 2020, the unification of PWGA, WGANC and NCGA will provide greater advocacy, resources, programming and services for all female golfers and clubs in the region. In addition, the NCGA will continue to support historical PWGA and WGANC tournaments and events. There will also be the formation of a Women's Committee to support and promote both current and future programming for women. PWGA, WGANC and NCGA all strive to serve the needs of the Northern California golf community. Between the three associations are nearly 300 years of combined service to the region. The NCGA currently serves over 180,000 members. "This is a historic time for golf in Northern California. Thanks to the cooperation and forward thinking of the leadership of Pacific Women's Association, Women's Golf Association of Northern California and NCGA's collaboration team members, we will now be working together for all golfers in Northern California," NCGA President Gail Rogers (pictured, center) said. "We are dedicated both to preserving the traditional tournaments of our public and private course players and to creating new golf tournaments and events that provide opportunities for individuals currently underserved in our programing such as working women and those new to the game." "At this time, we have a coordinated staff and an expanded pool of volunteers who are devoting themselves to providing the best possible golf experiences for women, men, and juniors. We are looking forward with great anticipation to this, the next chapter of Northern California golf," WGANC President Lynda Donahue (pictured, left) said. "This joint effort should, indeed, increase our overall leadership and capacity." "Pacific Women's Golf Association is pleased to be joining forces with NCGA and WGANC to provide even better golf opportunities for everyone," PWGA President Sue Kort (pictured, right) said. "For many years, each one of our organizations has served our respective communities very well. By combining our resources, we will expand our capabilities even further." Under the vote, the NCGA will incorporate PWGA's 189 clubs and 7,000 members, as well as the 102 clubs and 9,400 members of WGANC. Day Trip . . . . . . . . . . 12 A getaway as solid as Oak-land Road to Glory . . . . . . 14 Stanford men's golf wins NCAA title; Justin Suh turns pro Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Get to know Emilee Hoffman LPGA . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sei Young Kim is this year's queen at Lake Merced GC Pebble Beast . . . . . . . 19 Gary Woodland tames Pebble Beach at U.S. Open NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2019 11 SHAGbag Together As One

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