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T his has been an exciting start of the summer for golf in North- ern California. A common theme for us at the NCGA has been to respect tradition while implementing change. This theme is best illustrated by the recent work with the Pacific Women's Golf Association and the Women's Golf Association of Northern California to join forces with the NCGA. These two great organizations have supported women's golf for nearly a combined 200-year history. In June, these organizations officially voted on uni- fying with the NCGA, which will become official on January 1, 2020, and we are thrilled to welcome their staff, volunteers, clubs and members. While this is a big change internally, we expect that the members and clubs will see very little change, as we are embracing the traditions and programs that these organizations have supported. We are forming a special Women's Golf Committee that will help with this integration, and to continue to execute many of the tournaments, events and services that these two great organizations have conducted for decades. Importantly, this committee will also help us find ways to further improve how we serve our members. I want to thank the board leadership of both of these organizations, as well as their club leaders and volunteers for supporting this effort. I am confident that by working together, we will better serve the game of golf, all of our combined members and all of our clubs. Our Rules team and volunteers have enjoyed conducting the many seminars across the region to help educate our members on the new Rules of Golf. By now we should have all mastered the ball drop from "knee height," and avoid hitting our ball into "penalty areas." Personally, I have noticed a measurable pace-of-play improvement with the new Rules, and particularly enjoy putting with the flagstick in the hole. My ball seems to find the bottom of the hole faster, but unfortunately not in fewer strokes! This is another example of maintaining the core traditions of the game while embracing change that make the Rules easier to understand and apply. We have some exciting team changes at both of your NCGA golf courses. At Poppy Hills, Lupe Orozco has been promoted to Superintendent. Lupe has more than 20 years of experience at Poppy Hills and has demonstrated outstanding leadership with his team. If you've played Poppy Hills recently, I think you'll agree with me that Lupe is doing a phenomenal job, and the course has never been in better condition. At Poppy Ridge in Livermore, Brett Armstrong joined us as General Manager. Brett has a clear track record of success with over 14 years of experience at Half Moon Bay GL and will bring a fresh perspective as we continue to invest into this outstanding property. Welcome Brett! For those of you who want to get more involved with the NCGA, we continue to look for volunteers. Our new Club Ambassador program is off to a great start. We are seeking one Club Ambassador from each of our clubs to help facilitate feedback and communication between our staff and members. We appreciate knowing what we should continue to do and what we can do better. For those interested, please visit or contact our office at 831-625-4653. Finally, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach GL was a great showcase of golf in our region. Congratulations to the USGA and the Pebble Beach Company for conducting an out- standing championship, and to Gary Woodland who not only took home the championship trophy but was awarded an honorary NCGA membership. Gary can now play Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge at a significantly reduced rate, just like you. We will continue to support the excellent traditions of the game while embracing change. More to come! 8 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E C E O Õ S D E S K Tradition and Change BY JOE HUSTON Choose the BEST new with lithium battery

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