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NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2017 19 JOANN DOST A year ago, Tom Watson heard a terrible rumor about his friend and mentor, Frank "Sandy" Tatum, and phoned to get to the bottom of the story. "I said, Tatum, 'I heard you have stopped playing golf.' He said, 'Watson, it's not that I have stopped playing golf, I just can't stand up anymore.' He laughed. That was typical Tatum. He was always positive about the game," Watson recalled. Golf lost a giant when Tatum died on June 22 at the age of 96. A Rhodes scholar, winner of the 1942 NCAA individual championship while at Stan- ford and former USGA president, Tatum left behind a profound legacy on golf in the Bay Area. While a longtime member at Cypress Point and San Francisco Golf Club, Tatum in 1997 spearheaded a $16-million restoration of Harding Park–the crown jewel of San Francisco's municipal golf courses—which had fallen into disrepair. In recognition of his vast contributions, city officials named the new clubhouse—built through a private fund-raising campaign Tatum organized—after him. Harding Park has hosted two World Golf Championship events, the Presidents Cup and is sched- uled to host the 2020 PGA Champi- onship. When Harding Park reopened in 2003, it included a chapter of The First Tee, a national youth development pro- gram, of which Tatum served as chairman and a nine-hole short course. He believed in spreading his passion for the game by promoting programs to introduce golf to young people, and was instrumental in the formation of the NCGA's Youth on Course. "He wanted people to understand that golf could be a conduit to a better life," Watson said. "I thought that was the wonderful thing about how he spoke about golf." Tatum earned his law degree from Stanford in 1950 and was admitted to the bar in California that same year. As a lawyer with the firm Cooley LLP, Tatum was general counsel for the University of San Francisco and special counsel to the city and county of San Francisco. He also left his mark as a golf course design consultant working with Watson and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. on The Links at Spanish Bay, and had a hand in Lock- eford Springs Golf Course in Lodi and Mount Shasta Resort. Tatum is survived by six children and 11 grandchildren. He was inducted into both the NCGA and Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Napa's Silverado Resort and Spa is now offering The Johnny Miller Golf Academy for golfers interested in improving their game. The Academy will offer two-day schools that incorporate personalized on-course playing lessons to test new skills on the golf course. State of the art video equipment and flight scope also are used to assess each player's game. Sara Doell was named head women's golf coach at the University of San Francisco. She guided Seton Hall to three straight Big East Conference championships and was a three-time winner of the conference's coach of the year honors. I N M E M O R I A M USGA John Evans, general manager at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, was recognized in Washington D.C. as GM of the year by the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Tom Morton, 42, director of player development at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, won the NCPGA Match Play Championship and a berth in the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship, Aug. 3-6.

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