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48 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG G reen Valley Country Club in Fairfield is home to many strong golfers. Combined, the active membership accounts for 114 appear- ances in USGA-sanctioned champi- onships. Jason Anthony and Tina Barker, the club's current champions, themselves ac- count for 21 of those appearances. They are both reinstated amateurs who spent time seeking professional playing careers. After four years on the Canadian Tour, Anthony was burned out and didn't touch a club for more than a year. He moved back to Northern California and concentrated on managing the fam- ily business—a dozen 7 Flags Car Washes. It was during this phase in his life that his passion for the game reignited as an amateur. "When I was playing professionally, I let it affect me personally. I was defining myself by how I was playing. That's one of the reasons I think I'm playing so well now—I don't let it define me anymore," he says. "If I shoot 80, I get to go home and I still have my friends and my family. My life's priorities are in order." Even as a professional, Anthony was never one to spend hours on the practice range. Before rounds he'll just slap a few 8-irons and a few 4-irons, then go out and shoot 69. It makes his friends furious. His light practice regimen is partly due to nagging injuries in his wrist and lower back. "I can't use that as an excuse really. The truth is, I just don't like to hit balls," he laughs. Digging deeper, you'll find that the truth is actually that he thrives on com- petition. For the 34-year-old Fairfield native, there's no bigger adrenaline rush than striking the perfect golf shot under pressure. His competitive nature makes him perfectly suited for match play, which spelled bad news for his oppo- nents as he claimed the Green Valley title relatively unchallenged. Champions Storied N orthern California is home to a collection of the country's best and most challenging golf courses. To navigate them at a championship level, you must display skill, precision and a competitive drive. In this next segment, we highlight golfers who were able to do just that en route to claiming the championship at their respective clubs. Jason Anthony and Tina Barker, Green Valley Country Club "If I'm not on the range or the chipping green, I'm doing drills in my house." —Green Valley CC club champion Tina Barker Tina Barker

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