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8 SUMMER 2017 | NCGA.ORG P R E S I D E N T ' S D E S K O n behalf of the NCGA's Board of Directors and professional staff, I'd like to express my gratitude to the NCGA membership for supporting and promoting golf in Northern California. We all play the game for different reasons and at our own pace and style. That is a basic value inherent in golf. Whether you play on your own or with friends (old and new), every time you tee it up for 3,6, 9 or 18 holes you are making a statement that golf is fun, golf is good and golf is worth an investment of your time. So, thanks for playing! We don't hear the positives of the game nearly enough. I am often told that golf is in decline. To that I say, "Fore please!" and play on through. While it's true that golf's national numbers are down from pre-recession 2005 peaks, it's also equally true that golf is once again on the rise. More than 2.4 million people joined the ranks as new golfers last year according to the National Golf Foundation, nearing the high-water mark set during the peak of Tiger Woods' popularity. Here in Northern California, the NCGA has seen its 2016 membership increase and early indications suggest continued growth for 2017. This is being accomplished through several channels. Our Youth on Course program is flourishing by making the game accessible to thousands of young people who could not otherwise afford to play. Additional programming of college scholarships, internships and caddie programs are giving kids reasons to get in and stay in golf. Collectively, the game has generated more than $4 billion dollars for charity—more than all the other major sports combined. When someone asks you, "Why do you play golf?" tell them, "Because you like to play a sport that enhances your life and the community around you." The NCGA is seeing additional involvement through our NCGA PLAY! and NCGA Weekend Net Tour events. Both are geared with equal amounts of golf and social interaction with peers. If you have not played in an NCGA event before, these two programs might be the perfect introduction—so log on to ncga.org and sign up! We are also continuing to see sold out events in our Junior Tour of Northern California series. I recently had the privilege of starting 90 kids at a Junior Tour event at Poppy Ridge Golf Course. After two days of witnessing these young girls and boys, I am confident our country is in good stead. They looked each other in the eyes and shook hands as they introduced themselves and supported each other as they hit their first shots. They were from various corners of our region and a variety of backgrounds, but were brought together by the commonality and love of the game. Anyone in a position of leadership could take a page from these kids and comport themselves in a manner more reflective of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.The First Tee provides an important service by teaching these nine core values of golf.Youth on Course offers these same kids the access to put those values into practice. When I started on the NCGA Board nine years ago, an internet search of the acronym 'NCGA' usually revealed the National Corn Growers Association website. Well, thanks to you and our friend, Google Analytics, the Northern California Golf Association has catapulted to the No. 1 search result! What does this really translate to? Well it means that more people are utilizing our website—giving us valuable insight as to what you like and want. It also gives the Association more leverage when it comes to attracting enhanced benefits for our members. So keep clicking away on ncga.org and supporting the game we all love. A Game Worth Supporting BY PATRICK N. QUINN

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