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50 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG Jerry Ledzinski and Joy Robinson, Monterey Peninsula Country Club J erry Ledzinski and Joy Robinson are not just talented players, but also fierce, mentally tough competitors. Those defining charac- teristics are what helped them to claim the respective club championships at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, a historic 36-hole private facility where the Alister MacKenzie designed Dunes Course dates back to 1925. Robinson is a picture of consistency, hitting fairways and greens with machine-like efficiency. That winning formula has helped her capture the Women's Club Championship six times in the last 11 years. She won for the second straight year, but repeating didn't come easy. Robinson outlasted fellow six-time winner Marianne Towersey in a match that required a second playoff hole before a winner was determined. For Ledzinski, his 2017 win marks his third in a row. Although the defending champion is exempt into the following year's tournament, Ledzinski has elected to compete in the qualifier each year. "If my game isn't good enough to qualify each year," says Ledzinski, winner of the 2015 NCGA Master Division Championship and 2015 Monterey City Amateur, "then I don't deserve to compete." His game shined when it mattered. Ledzinski won the final match against eight-time club champion Frank Pieper, 4 and 3. Champions come in all shapes, sizes and ages. They're taught the game by a parent or learn under the tutelage of great players. They are forged from tough circumstances or built in the mold of the previous generation. For all the differences, some traits are universal: A passion for the game and the drive to compete. Special congratulations to all the 2017 club championships throughout the Northern California Golf Association!

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