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FALL 2017

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Curry's Pro Debut G olden State Warriors guard Steph Curry proved he knows how to get the ball in the hole no matter the sport. Wearing basketball sneakers, the two-time NBA MVP shot a pair of 74s in his professional golf debut and missed the cut in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic. But Curry, a 2-handicap who received a sponsor's invite into the tournament at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, drew big crowds and plenty of plaudits from the golf world. "That was awesome, what he did," said Jordan Spieth, the reigning British Open champion. "I think he certainly beat most everybody's expectations, but I don't think that really surprised him." Curry gave a hint that he'd be able to hold his own inside the ropes a few weeks earlier when he posted a final-round 68 among the celebrities at the American Century Championship at Edgewood GC in Lake Tahoe. Curry finished ahead of three pros and one amateur. "It was an unbelievable experience, and the environment out here was crazy," he said. 16 FALL 2017 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G Seen & Heard L.A. Kings Cal junior Collin Morikawa, 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur champ Doug Ghim and former Stanford standout Maverick McNealy (left to right) were all smiles following an historic 19-7 win over Great Britain and Ireland at the 46th Walker Cup Match. The trio was dominant, each going an undefeated 4-0 in the matches at The Los Angeles CC. Also chipping in was Sacramento native Cameron Champ, who picked up a win and a halve. For McNealy, the 2015 NCGA Amateur Match Play champion, it marked his final event as an amateur. "I'll never forget this week," McNealy said. "It's the end of my amateur career, but it means so much more than that to me." ■ Sydney Ferre of R oseville and Jacques L e of San Jose were n amed 2017 Jim Langley Scholarship recipients by the N orthern California P GA Foundation. ■ Stanford's Anne Walker was named coach of the women's International team for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style college event to be held July 7–8 at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les- Bains, France. ■ Congratulations to Rancho Murieta Director of Golf Don Thames , 62, who birdied the second hole in a 9-for-3 playoff to qualify for the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl in Wales in July. Thames missed the cut, but he'll always remember the 30-foot putt he canned to get into the senior major championship. ■ The River City Aces claimed the Sacramento Capital Cup, a three-day team competition that adopts the Ryder Cup format. But more importantly, the event raised more than $1 million for 27 local charities. USGA/CHRIS KEANE, ABOVE,STANFORD PHOTO PORTAL A

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