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70 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG P O P P Y H I L L S N E W S K eep in mind, Poppy Hills GC, one of your member courses, is the No.62-ranked public course in the nation according to Golf Digest. Come play in the forest! No. 62 Poppy Record W hen told that his course record flag would go in the Poppy Hills golf shop next to professional Scott McCarron's, USC freshman Kaito Onishi simply replied, "Sweet." Only two months after McCarron shot 63 during the annual PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Open, Onishi matched the feat during the St. Mary's Invitational in November. Starting on the back-nine, Onishi opened with birdies on hole Nos. 11, 12, 16 and 18 for a 32. After making the turn, he eagled the par-5 1st, and tacked on birdies at No.3 and No.9. The course was playing at 7,002 yards. "I was just solid all around. I was hitting everything in the fairway and had some putts go in," said Onishi, who had no clue he had tied the record until Poppy Hills head pro Scott Adams told him. "It's my career-best round, by far." Looking to start the new year with a great deal or to break in new gear? Head to Poppy Ridge GC in Livermore wine country, where NCGA members play Monday- Friday for only $63 (cart included). Poppy Ridge Deal Sizzling 63: USC freshman Kaito Onishi matched the Poppy Hills course record in November.

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