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PEOPLE in the news 14 FALL 2017 | NCGA.ORG Long Goes Low For sports fans, the number 61 no longer just represents the famed single-season home run total of New York Yankees slugger Roger Maris. That figure also is the new course record at Pebble Beach Golf Links after Texas Tech senior golfer Hurly Long carded 10 birdies, an eagle, and just one bogey on Sept. 2, during the second round of the Carmel Cup, a prestigious collegiate event. "I was talking about it with my teammates," he said. "Where else in the world would you want to have the course record? Maybe Augusta National? It's a huge, huge honor." Valenzuela Reaches U.S. Women's Amateur Final A s for current Cardinal golfers, Albane Valenzuela, a rising sophomore, made it to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship before f alling to Sophia Schubert 6 & 5 in the 36-hole match of the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club. Valenzuela, w ho competed for Switzerland in the 2016 Summer Olympics, fell short of becoming the first Swiss player to win a USGA championship and the f irst Stanford golfer to hoist the Robert Cox Trophy since Joanne Pacillo in 1983. The 19-year-old Valenzuela improved to No. 2 in the women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, and receives an exemption into the 2018 U .S. Women's Open. Valenzuela also came up one stroke shy of winning the European Amateur in August, near her home in S witzerland. In Memoriam The NCGA golf community lost two longtime supporters. Country music singer and guitarist Glen Campbell died Aug. 8 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 81. Campbell's love of performing music may have only been surpassed by his love of golf. He is best known for hosting the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open from 1971 through 1983, but was also a regular participant at Pebble Beach for the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. "He loved to play in the Crosby," said Eddie Merrins, golf professional emeritus at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles. "When he played, he played to win." Bob Murphy , the voice of Stanford football and men's basketball for more than four decades, died Aug. 22 in Santa Cruz. Murphy, who had suffered from Alzheimer's too, was 86. "Murph," as he was called, was no stranger to the area golf scene. He served as a consultant for golf-course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., was the first tournament director for Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, and served in the same role for the 1987 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. During the 1980s and 1990s he was among the celebrity golfers in the Bing Crosby Clambake (later AT&T Pro-Am), and emceed events each year at the Pebble Beach tournament. S H A G B A G TO P L EF T, N O R B ER T V O N D ER G R O EB EN / I S I PH O TO ; B O TTO M L EF T, S TA N F O R D PH O TO Yun Graduates to PGA Tour Former Stanford golfer Andrew Yun is headed to the PGA Tour for the first time. Yun, 26, rode a pair of runner-up results at the Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am and The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic to a 13th-place finish on the 2017 regular season Tour money list. The top 25 finishers automatically earned their PGA Tour card for the 2017-2018 season. "Obviously the ultimate goal is to get on the PGA Tour, and to accomplish that in my third year out here is awesome," he said. Vintage Performance for McCarron Scott McCarron, a former Napa resident, set the course record at par-71 Poppy Hills during the recent PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championship with a blistering 8-under par 63 on his way to finishing third. The previous course record—65—had been held by Champions Tour member Olin Browne and former St. Mary's College standout Jonathan De Los Reyes, who each posted the score in 2015. Browne's came during the second round of that year's then First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. "This is one of my favorite tournaments to play in," said McCarron, who afterward signed a Poppy Hills commemorative flag with course head pro Scott Adams. "The redo at Poppy Hills turned out really nice. The course was in great shape, and at this time of year, the weather is perfect." Playing with nary a breeze in the air, McCarron carded seven birdies and an eagle to go against just one bogey. His eagle, on the par-4 5th, came courtesy of a holed-out sand wedge.

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