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16 SUMMER 2017 | NCGA.ORG BOB SOLORIO STANFORD PHOTO LOCAL FAMILY PURCHASES WILDHORSE GOLF CLUB No, Yolo County isn't the place where the saying 'You Only Live Once'—or YOLO, for short—became part of the common vernacular for everyone ages 16-34. Now that we have that clear: Yolo County, located just outside of Sacramento, is home to the private Wildhorse Golf Club. Recently Chuck Klein, a 25-year resident of the area, plopped down $3.25 million to take over ownership and operations at the club alongside his family. Within the first several days the new ownership had already re-routed the course to its originally intended sequence, purchased 10,000 new range balls and started the process of returning the golf shop to the front of the clubhouse. Enhancements to the restaurant are underway as well. The 58-year-old Klein isn't much of a golfer. However, his wife Joni and three sons— Matt, Charlie and Chris—are avid golfers and will play a vital role in facility operations. "When we talk about something, there often are five of us that think our idea is best," Klein told the Sacramento Bee. "But it's good conversation that you like to have. We want to change the culture. We saw it being neglected a little bit … but we (also) saw this as a diamond in the rough." S H A G B A G Lee/Beverly Earn Honors Stanford's Andrea Lee (above left) of Hermosa Beach was selected as the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year. She was also named the Ping/WGCA National Freshman of the Year and a WGCA First Team All-American. Lee broke the school's freshman scoring record with an average of 71.62, the second-lowest single-season total at Stanford. Aaron Beverly (above right) of Sacramento State was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year. He shattered the school's single-season scoring record with an average of 71.31. Beverly was also named to the Ping Div. 1 All-West Region team. NorCal's own Tony Lema and Ken Venturi (left) were honored posthumously by Jack Nicklaus at this year's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Two more California natives, Mark O'Meara and Jaime Diaz, were recognized at the Met Golf Writers Association annual awards dinner on June 26. O'Meara, the two-time major winner, received the association's highest honor— the Gold Tee Award— and Diaz, the award- winning Golf Digest writer, was awarded the Linc Werden Journalism Award. Sam Salerno, the 2016 NCPGA Sports Media Person of the Year award winner, released his memoir "Sam The Morning Man." COURTESY USGA ARCHIVES Grant Fairbairn, 18, of Orinda, was named the male recipient of the 2017 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award. Fairbairn, who will attend Harvard University in the fall, was recognized on June 27 at the AJGA's Polo Golf Dinner of Champions.

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