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At Half Moon Bay Golf Links, the oceanfront setting proves an ideal canvas for such expression of gratitude. As an annual host to a Birdies for the Brave char- ity tournament, Mark Kendall, president of Kenmark/Half Moon Bay Golf Resort, has seen first-hand how the greatest gift a tournament participant can give is their time. After long suggesting to a reluctant couple to attend a Birdies event, the pair of average golfers eventually acquiesced. "I just kept on them and expressed the day is really about being out in the fresh air for four hours and spending time with individuals who have served our country," Kendall says. After the couple was paired with a recently retired Navy SEAL, a friendship for life was formed. "Golf is a game which brings out the true character in people—and when you spend four hours with a member of the mil- itary you'll be in the company of some of the greatest character in our country," Kendall says. With annual acknowledgements paired with new events, the region's golf commu- nity proudly stands at attention in recogni- tion of those who sacrifice so we may all enjoy the fairways of freedom. Courses The Golden State boasts the most military golf courses in the country—and the NCGA is blessed with some of the finest examples. ★ Located on Beale Airforce Base, Coyote Run GC is open to the public and well-reputed as a terrific value play, while also offering enhanced discounts for military and Depart- ment of Defense members. ★ Originally designed as a 9-hole course by Robert Muir Graves in 1963, the now 18-hole grounds of Monterey Pines GC (known as the "Navy Course") are managed by the Naval Golf Program and open for both mil- itary and public play. ★ With its hangars recently purchased by Google, one need not "search" far for a great day at The Golf Club at Moffett Field , where active and retired military members enjoy discounted play. Opened in 1959 as the "Hill Course," named in honor of original Commanding Officer, Captain Arthur S. Hill, the course expanded to 18 holes a decade later. ★ At Travis Air Force Base in Vacaville, Cypress Lakes GC is also open for civil- ian play and earns its moniker with seven on-course lakes. In 2016, course GM Jessie Walker earned the PGA Patriot Award in recognition for his events held for service members, along with his ongoing free clinics and lessons for the military. 26 SUMMER 2017 | NCGA.ORG Creamer's Connection In the professional ranks, count LPGA star and Pleasanton native Paula Creamer as one of those with a distinct military connection. Among Creamer's ties? The 10-time LPGA Tour winner was introduced to golf at the Golf Club at Moffett Field by her father, Paul, while he was stationed at the base. In 2014, meanwhile, Creamer married U.S. Air Force Captain Derek Heath, who proposed to his bride-to-be during a skydive. There's also her uncle and cousin, who both serve. As a result, Creamer can always be seen wearing an American flag pin on her left lapel – over her heart. "My cousin is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marines and he has deployed several times," Creamer said. "He and his wife have four boys. Part of the reason I'm so passionate about the military is I see how hard they work and how strong they all are." PGA HOPE helps veterans to assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction that golf provides. U.S. AIR FORCE U.S. NAVY PGA HOPE

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