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6 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E E D I T O R I 've never worked a hard day in my life and I've got the soft hands to prove it. My only calluses are the result of death-grip- ping too many 5-irons aimed at island greens over water. My life as a golf writer and editor often involves chasing the sun to glitzy golf resorts and traipsing after Tiger and his cubs to chronicle the pursuits of pars and birdies only or, as Mark Twain tabbed it, a good walk spoiled. It's a tough job but someone has to do it, so it might as well be me. A career in golf has been highly rewarding for me and not to go all Dr. Seuss on you but, oh, the far-flung places this little white ball has taken me, and the people I've met because of a mutual appreciation for a maddening game. In the pages to follow, we've chronicled some others who have made golf more than just a pastime. Monterey native Mina Harigae, for one, dishes on life on the LPGA Tour, which she says isn't just private jets, fancy hotels and Ruth's Chris steakhouse dinners. Yet did she express any regret about leaving Duke after one semester to chase her dream? Does she long instead for a desk job? Not a chance. At the end of the day, a career in golf for most of us is still a labor of love. Golf was the be all and end all for Lucius Bateman, a man with a gift for teaching the game. Al Barkow profiles an underappreciated man who deserves to be celebrated beyond these pages for developing a ton of local talent in the 1950s and '60s. Gone too soon from a stroke at age 66, but not forgotten. Former NCGA Executive Director Bob Hanna said it best at a testimonial for Bateman in November 1971: "His influence is like a stone thrown into a pond – the ripples continue forever and ever." Those words proved prescient as John McMullin, one of Bate's Boys, as his protégés were called, carried on Bateman's teaching principles and counted Martin Trainer, winner of the Puerto Rico this season on the PGA Tour and Bay Area resident, as one of his students. With Bateman and McMullin leading the way, this issue is heavy on teachers of the game. There are profiles of Shelley O'Keefe, who's found her niche teaching junior golfers, and Steve Menchinella, who taught a veritable MBA-level class in how to be a club professional during a 50-year tenure at Sunnyside CC in Clovis. We highlight three of the area's prominent collegiate programs with a look at the return to prominence of the San Jose State University women's squad under the lead- ership of alum Dana Dormann and her former teammate Pat Hurst; Coach Nancy McDaniel takes us inside Cal's women's program and shows us how you, too, can train like a member of the Bears; and Stanford women's coach Anne Walker tells the hilarious story of how she was recruited by McDaniel to Cal all the way from Scotland, or rather how she recruited them, and how leading Stanford to a title in 2015 has raised expecta- tions. Speaking of Stanford and titles, all hail Coach Conrad Ray and the men's team for winning the NCAA team title in Arkansas. We've got a full report on how seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda capped off their collegiate careers in style. And last but not least, back-page columnist Brian Murphy tracks down former Oakland A's outfielder Eric Byrnes, who has taken his love of golf to extremes, playing a Guinness Book of World Records-setting 420 holes on April 22 in a 24-hour span at the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. I don't know about you, but that sounds like a hard day's work to me. I'm good with 36 holes. Any more than that and who knows, I might get a callus. Labor of Love BY ADAM SCHUPAK, EDITOR THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION Volume 39, Number 3 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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