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8 FALL 2017 | NCGA.ORG P R E S I D E N T ' S D E S K his fall, Northern California has seen its share of great golf and exciting golf moments. Playing in the PURE Insurance Championship-Impacting The First Tee in September afforded me a look inside the PGATour Champions and the legends who make it so compelling. Witnessing TomWatson, Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron playing Poppy Hills was inspiring. In fact, McCarron shot a course-record 63. These guys are good! They're also accessible and extremely giving with their partners from The First Tee. The interaction between legends—and those just starting their golf journey—is another reminder of how golf transcends age, backgrounds and skill levels. Many of The First Tee participants relayed that their involvement with the NCGA'sYouth on Course was instrumental in their participation in the event—due to increased course access and opportunities to develop their golf skills. Many parents stated their appreciation for Youth on Course, as it has made the game of golf affordable for their children. With Youth on Course now stretching across the country, it was exciting to meet members from Oregon, Kansas and Arizona who are benefiting from YOC's very simple concept—affordable youth access to golf for $5 or less. Youth on Course is in Kansas City due in great part to TomWatson—and he noted that junior golf participation in that area has grown substantially as a result of the program. We should all be very proud that a program rooted in Northern California is enriching the lives of kids around the nation. Thank you all for your continued support! Another celebration of golf was the recent NCGA Hall of Fame dinner honoring individuals from all corners of the game. Sheri Erskine was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for her unfailing volunteerism, spirit and leadership. Homegrown amateur golf icon Casey Boyns was honored for his stellar record in amateur golf and his commit- ment to the time honored craft of caddying. Champions Tour player Loren Roberts revealed at the event why he is a true gentleman of the game—and the effort it took to become the 'Boss of the Moss' from his humble beginnings in San Luis Obispo. Santa Cruz native Juli Inkster—an inspiration to both men and women golfers—displayed the genuine passion and energy that drove her career as a legendary LPGA Hall of Famer. Finally, legendary architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie was honored for his incredible impact in the world of golf, but particularly for his crowning achievements here in Northern California. We are truly indebted to their collective efforts. Growth of the game is on the upswing and vital to its longevity. The NCGA is continuing to offer and encourage programming that addresses the interests of all golfers. The more golfers involved, the stronger the game will be. In that vein, we are excited to enter into a two-year collaboration with the Pacific Women's Golf Association and the Women's Golf Association of Northern California—with the ultimate goal of unification of our members in 2020.The NCGA will work with these two storied associations to support and grow the game for women. Individually, we have made great strides—and collectively we will position the game of golf for exponential growth and inclusion. There is hard work ahead, but golf is worth fighting for every step of the way. Golf is For Everyone BY PATRICK N. QUINN T The interaction between legends and The First Tee members just starting their golf journey is another reminder of how golf transcends age, backgrounds and skill levels.

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