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Spring 2017

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title are Stanford's Maverick McNealy, practically a fixture as the world's No.1-ranked am- ateur for the past year; Cal soph- omore Collin Morikawa; Corey Pereira, a senior at the University of Washington; Connor Blick, a two-time winner on the AmateurGolf.com tour this past winter; Justin Suh, who grew up in San Jose and attends USC; and defending champion Shintaro Ban. They will confront the eternal Lake Course puzzle of relentless undulation, rows of imposing trees and an un- commonly short par-4 finishing hole. All these elements make Olympic, which will host the 2021 U.S. Women's Open, one of the "coolest" courses around in Webb Simp- son's mind. He also has a theory for why big-name players often stumble in U.S. Opens there, from Ben Hogan in 1955 to Jim Furyk in 2012. "A lot can happen on 16-17-18," Simpson said. "There are birdie opportunities, but at the same time it can be tricky enough to where you make bogeys. It'll jump up and get you, and that's why I think it's such an exciting finish." NOTABLE EVENTS IN OLYMPIC'S HISTORY Lee Janzen, winner of the 1998 U.S. Open Event Winner 2012 U.S Open Webb Simpson 1998 U.S. Open Lee Janzen 1987 U.S. Open Scott Simpson 1966 U.S. Open Billy Casper 1955 U.S. Open Jack Fleck 2007 U.S. Amateur Colt Knost 1981 U.S Amateur Nathaniel Crosby 1958 U.S. Amateur Charlie Coe 2011 California Amateur Bhavik Patel 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur Sihwan Kim 1994 Tour Championship Mark McCumber 1993 Tour Championship Jim Gallagher, Jr. WWW.NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2017 35 OLYMPIC CLUB

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