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14 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G In Memoriam Just days before San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died of a heart attack on Dec. 12, he played what would be his final round of golf at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. "It was a passion," Olympic Club President Dan Dillon, a political lobbyist and government-affairs consultant, told The San Francisco Chronicle. "It was his one true recreational outlet, that got him away from politics and city business." Lee, 65, the first Asian-American to be mayor of San Francisco, was in the midst of his second term in office. Known for his corny jokes and infectious smile, Lee was an avid sports fan and often wore a San Francisco Giants cap in public, but golf held a special place in his heart and he lobbied hard to bring some of its biggest events to the Bay Area. On Nov. 8, Lee carried the Ryder Cup into a news conference at the Olympic Club, announcing that the club had been awarded the 2032 Ryder Cup. Lee also worked on the 2009 Presidents Cup as city administrator, making time to have breakfast nearly every Friday with organizers of the competition. As mayor, he played an instrumental role in bringing the 2015 WGC Match Play Championship and 2020 PGA Championship to Harding Park and '28 PGA to Olympic Club. Setting it Straight: In the Fall issue story 'Heads of the Class', Dr. Gary Nelson is referred to as president of the Alister MacKenzie Society. The current president is Scott Littman. A longtime member of the Modesto commu- nity, Del Rio Country Club general manager Duncan Reno celebrated his 25th year at the club in 2017. Along with his duties at Del Rio CC, Reno also serves as president of the Northern California Chapter for the Golden State Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America. He's the first NorCal president since 2010. Q: What do you love about your job? Duncan Reno: Having the opportunity and resources to create that special experience for each of our members and their families. I love it when they say "Best Time Ever." This feeling drives the strate- gies we develop to improve the value of our mem- berships. Believe it or not, I want every member to be happy…quite impossible all the time I under- stand… but what a joy to try! Q: What is your philosophy? DR: We ask each of our team members to never say no to a member… only the GM can end a request with NO! All employees have an out because if they can't solve it they can always say "yes, but let me get my supervisor to see how we can do it." Very rarely does it reach my desk. It's a fun task and the employ- ees are challenged each day to say yes. This works because we ask employees to remind themselves of this philosophy: "Only the exceptional is acceptable." We ask our employees to self-evaluate each task they do by saying to themselves "was the task that I just performed acceptable to me?" If they answer it hon- estly, then we know it's acceptable. Q: What does golf mean to you? DR: Golf means to me… RELATIONSHIPS. When someone says let's play golf, I hear let's have a relationship. Successful country clubs are structured to foster relationships on all levels and for all people; it's what makes people want to join. Golf is the premier catalyst for creating long-term relationships with friends. K K Limbhasut, a Cal junior from Loma Linda, was named Pac-12 M en's Golfer of the Month for O ctober, leading Cal to its first team win in nearly two years at the Alister M acKenzie Invitational by taking medalist honors for the third time in h is collegiate career...Andrea Lee, a S tanford sophomore from Hermosa Beach, was named Pac-12 Women's G olfer of the Month for October with a win at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview i n Hawaii. Lee also finished tied for m edalist honors at Poppy Hills Golf Club at the Stanford Intercollegiate... T he City of Pacific Grove unveiled its new $7.7 million Local Water P roject at a Dec. 6 ceremony. The p roject will provide 125 acre-feet of non-potable water in part for irrigation of Pacific Grove Golf L inks...An extensive collection of trophies, medals, and other memorabilia dating from 1842, when Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland was founded, will be on display at its sister club, San Francisco's Diablo Country Club. Carnoustie is set to host the British Open in July, and the collection will reside in the Bay Area through April. O Captain, My Captain! Northern California native Nathaniel Crosby was named captain of the 2019 U.S. Walker Cup team. Crosby, 56, won the 1981 U.S. Amateur Cham- pionship at the Olympic Club, and was the low amateur in the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He was also a member of victorious USA teams in both the 1983 Walker Cup Match and the 1982 World Amateur Team Championship, and 1981 NCGA Player of the Year. The 47th Walker Cup will be contested Sept. 7-8, 2019. Royal Liverpool will be the host as it was in '83 when Crosby represented the Ameri- can side as a player. "My experiences with the USGA, the Walker Cup Match and the World Amateur Team Cham- pionship have proved to be the most memo- rable weeks of my life, as I am sure it will be for the members of the 2019 Team," Crosby said. "Many of my closest friends are former cap- tains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities." Faces of the NCGA Mayor Ed Lee lobbied hard to bring some of golf's biggest events to the Bay Area. news WORTHY

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