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Spring 2017

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6 SPRING 2017 | WWW.NCGA.ORG I N S I D E T H E L E A T H E R T he Masters always signals the official start of every golfer's season, even if you're lucky enough to enjoy the year round golf climates here in Northern California. It also has a way of reminding us of all the things that make golf the greatest game. While it was easy to get caught up in all the storylines surrounding Sergio Garcia's emotional victory, I found myself drawing parallels between how so many of us were introduced to the game – by a parent. My dad's birthday typically fell during Masters week, so we always enjoyed dusting off the cobwebs from the long Rochester, N.Y. winters and spending some quality time together on the course. No matter how well or where we played, I'll always remember those days fondly and couldn't imagine another way to get someone hooked on golf at an early age. That is, albeit it, until I joined the NCGA staff three years ago and quickly learned about our ground breaking initiative, Youth on Course, which we founded in 2006. Youth on Course offers kids ages 6–18 access to nearly 200 golf courses in our golf- rich region for $5 or less, in addition to a host of scholarship, educational and employ- ment opportunities. And when complemented with other offerings like The First Tee and the NCGA/NCPGA's Junior Tour of Northern California, they're what make our region home to some of the most innovative junior programs in the country – the subject of this issue's cover story by Judd Spicer on page 20. Spicer profiles a host of influential individuals who've helped bring a face to these junior programs, whether it's through mentorship, teaching or playing. It's hard not to feel proud to be an NCGA member after reading these stories. Not many private clubs can boast a better junior program pedigree than San Francisco's Olympic Club, which produced standouts like Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi. The San Francisco Chronicle's Ron Kroichick takes us inside the club's famed golden gates and offers a preview of the five-time U.S. Open venue returning to its amateur roots when it hosts this year's California Amateur Championship. We turned to Sports Illustrated'sAlan Shipnuck to give us the inside scoop on what junior golfers can learn from today's LPGA Tour pros. He interviewed a host of current players who were kind enough to share some secrets on what helped spur their jump from the junior circuit to the big leagues of professional golf. Rounding out the features includes a Q&A with another Northern California junior golf product, former U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes from Stockton. Travel features to San Diego and more far-reaching destinations like Scotland and Wisconsin highlight plenty of upcoming major championship venues as part of the suggested itineraries. Or stay close by and plan a day trip to Murphys – highlighted on page 10 – the former gold rush town that offers quality golf and a one-of-a-kind downtown scene that promises to take you back in time. With one major down and three more to go, we hope this issue gets you excited for the golf season.There's never been a better time to embrace the game, or more impor- tantly to help introduce it to the next generation of juniors—who'll certainly appreciate everything the game has given all of us. The Future's So Bright BY RICHARD J. CERAME, P UBLISHER THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION Volume 37, Number 2 E ditorial and Business Office: Northern California Golf Association 3 200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-625-4653; NCGA.org; ncgainfo@ncga.org NCGA Staff: Executive Director: Joe Huston P ublisher, Director of Communications: Richard J. Cerame Managing Editor, Asst. Director of Communications: Jerry Stewart A lex Anderson, Toivo Betancourt, Jim Brady, Chris Ceman, Richard J. Cerame, Kelly Cimino, Jeff Clark, Jamie Cordova, Ben Coronado, Jim Cowan, Ryan Dunham, Ryan Farb, M ark Fitch, Aana Fitzgerald, Lenny Fudenna, Martin Fuentes, Cheryl Games, Svetlana Gavrilenko, Jason Gilbert, O tis Goodwin, Jeremy Gray, Ryan Gregg, Aaron Hartesveldt, Adam Heieck, Maryjane Hatch, Lindsay Horton, Vaughn Kezirian, Rick Leoncio, Michael Lowe, Jillian MacDonald, H elen Nicolayev, Lindsey Novitzke, Malinda Oliver, Kaitlyn Petrando, Jean Quismundo, Rick Rangel, Spencer Sorensen, S am Staton, Jerry Stewart N CGA Board of Directors: P atrick Quinn (President), Tom Bone (Vice President), G ail Rogers (Secretary/Treasurer), John Ronca (Immediate Past President) Stacey Baba, Raymond Coates, John Dodsworth, Terry F itzwater, Gary Fox, Scott Gebhardt, Bob Goldstein, Samuel G ross, Susan Morse, David Pearson, Ed Quinn, Jay Silverberg, Michael Weeks, Richard Wise Courses Owned by the Northern California Golf Association Poppy Hills Golf Course 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-622-8239; PoppyHillsGolf.com; info@poppyhillsgolf.com Poppy Ridge Golf Course 4280 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA 94550 P: 925-456-8202; PoppyRidgeGolf.com; info@poppyridgegolf.com Published for the Northern California Golf Association in cooperation with: PGA Magazine Group 2600 Philmont Avenue, Suite 325 Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 Phone: 215-914-2071 Advertising: For information, please contact: Brian Folino at 661-312-6412 Regional Advertising Managers: Tom Black, Patrick Cherry, Howard Derkay, Felix Hernandez, Scott Miller Executive Director, Travel & Real Estate: Mike Agee CEO: Richard K. 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