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26 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG P R O F I L E J ohn McMullin won on the PGA Tour and competed in major cham- pionships. He played alongside Jack Nicklaus in U.S. Open qualifying, outplayed Arnold Palmer when they were paired together at the Tournament of Champions and once lost in a playoff that included Sam Snead, Gary Player and Julius Boros. "The Ripples Continue Forever and Ever" John McMullin is one of Bate's Boys who links Lucius Bateman's principles on the swing all the way to today's PGA Tour BY RON KROICHICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RALPH BARRERA Before all this, McMullin, 84, had another notable distinction: He was one of Bate's Boys (see page 22). Legendary teacher Lucius Bateman carried cachet in Northern California golf circles, for good reason. Bateman molded several tour pros, includ- ing Dick Lotz, Don Whitt and 1964 British Open champion Tony Lema. McMullin, born in Richmond and raised in Alameda, also was one of Bateman's disciples. McMullin had a PGA Tour career that began with promise but was cut short by putting woes, then transitioned into a long and fruitful run as head pro at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, now known as Baylands Golf Links. He retired in 2017 and moved with his wife to Austin, Texas. And it all traces back to Bateman, who shaped so many future teaching pros before his death in 1972. "His influence is like a stone thrown into a pond – the ripples continue forever and ever," then- NCGA executive director Bob Hanna said at a testimonial for Bateman in November 1971. "Long after Lucius Bateman is forgotten, his influence will still be felt." Nearly 50 years later, McMullin offers a vivid illustration. Among his young students over the years was Martin Trainer, who picked up his first PGA Tour victory in February at the Puerto Rico Open.

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