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16 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG E milee originally started playing golf as a way to spend more time with her dad, Jeff, a fine player in his own right and the 2017 NCGA Senior Valley Amateur champion. She turned raw promise into racking up 11 Junior Tour of Northern California top-three finishes, including three wins and four runner-up finishes, and has helped the University of Texas win three straight Big 12 team titles. Hoffman also won the 2018 Women's Western Amateur Championship. In April, she was invited to compete in the first Augusta National Women's Amateur. She missed the 36-hole cut down to 30 players for the final round at Augusta National, but still got to play a practice round at the famed course, which only stoked her professional aspirations after she completes her senior campaign at Texas. Q: You had an impressive record on the Junior Tour of Northern California. How did it help you develop as a golfer? Emilee Hoffman: The NCGA is just a great organization. It gave me a chance to play with a lot of the same girls that I'm playing against now in college — Sabrina Iqbal, Yoonhee Kim, Yealimi Noh, though she turned pro. It's nice that we've already developed those friendships and I love being able to reconnect with them. I remember getting to play with them as teammates and represent Emilee Hoffman S H A G B A G Faces of the NCGA TEXAS ATHLETICS Starting the U.S. Open Ron Read Delivers Our Summer Must-Read For his entire professional career, Carmel Valley resident Ron Read served the game of golf in various capacities including being employed by the USGA and NCGA. In his new book, "Starting the U.S. Open-From Shinnecock to Pebble Beach," Read reflects on his 23 years as the first tee starter to take us inside the ropes and the clubhouse and all the way to the game's inner sanctum, bringing us stories that reveal what makes the U.S. Open truly special. "Starting the U.S. Open" (available at is a wonderful experience for regular players and those who only occasionally pick up the sticks. Golf course architect assistant, so I could learn all the aspects of the course design; wind exposure, drainage, using the natural topography for routing etc. — J. Eisert CEO of a golf drone company. I want to develop a multi-purpose drone for use while playing golf. — R. Nanbara TV producer of youth golf content for Golf Channel or Nickelodeon. Growing the future of the game by inspiring young people and motivating them to play. — K. Wiggans Rule maker. Make penalties equitable to the mistake made by the player. — T. Kruk Golf course maintenance. I like working with equipment and love seeing the benefits of what a freshly groomed and well-kept course brings. — B. Chilson Golf instructor. I've already coached a girl's team as an assistant and have been a teacher for 35 years. — J. Compton Beverage cart. I love to chat it up with people and knowing where they will be on the course so as to be of service to them. — V. Barefield (See cover story page 31) FORUM Members If you could have any job in the golf industry (other than a tour player), what would it be and why? the NCGA in the first Challenge Cup versus the SCGA in 2015, and I gained a lot from playing in a match-play event. A bunch of the big events I play now — California Women's Am, U.S. Women's Am, even NCAA's — all use that format, so it's something I still feed off of. Q: How do you describe the thrill of being invited to play in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in April? EH: When the tournament was announced a year ago, I knew you had to be ranked in the top 70 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and I wasn't in it. I set a goal to get into the next one. I wasn't even thinking about being in the first, but I worked really hard and had a good summer and found myself right there. It was the best tournament I've ever played in. Q: Fifty years from now, what do you think you'll tell your grandkids when you're watching the ANWA about your experience? EH: That it was such an honor to have played in the first. Champions Retreat (where the first two rounds were contested) was a tough course. I thought I played well, but it just wasn't my week. I didn't make any putts and that caused me to miss the cut by a couple of strokes, but I still am very proud of myself for the effort to get there. My dad caddied for me in the tournament. I had to use an Augusta National caddie for the practice round there, but my fam- ily got to walk down the fairways with me, which was very cool. Q: How did a California girl end up at University of Texas? EH: Everyone always asks me that question. (UT) Coach Murphy watched me play in a tournament and two days later I was on a plane to Austin to see the campus and I fell in love with the place.

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