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8 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E C E O ' S D E S K C hange is inevitable, even in golf. This year will bring widespread changes for the better. To help us navigate our way through these changes, we have adopted a theme of "Together we are better for golf." This was a rallying cry from 2017 NCGA President Pat Quinn and it's now embedded throughout our organization. This includes each of you as well as our Clubs, the USGA, other organizations like the Pacific Women's Golf Association (PWGA) and Women's Golf Associ- ation of Northern California (WGANC), our own courses, NCGA's Youth on Course and many more critical partners. Below are a few of the exciting changes and new programs for the NCGA. Welcome PWGA and WGANC members: As of Jan.1, we welcomed over 17,000 new women members, roughly doubling our female membership, as part of a collaboration effort with the PWGA and WGANC. We are thrilled to have a collaboration team with the leadership from each of the organizations as we work together to support all of our members and events in the best way possible. These new members retain their PWGA and WGANC affiliations but also get to enjoy the NCGA benefits during our collaboration period. On a personal note, I have enjoyed meeting many passionate golfers from these associations, and I am confident that "Together we are better for golf." USGA Partnership Agreement: The NCGA was selected by the USGA to be the "Allied Golf Association" for the entire Northern California region beginning in January. This partnership strengthens the relationship between the USGA and NCGA where we now will provide oversight for all handicap governance in the region, all USGA qualifiers and other critical functions to support the USGA for the overall good of the game. More new programs and events:We'll continue to expand and introduce new pro- grams that support the interests of our membership. In addition to our comprehensive championship calendar, we'll further expand the Weekend Net Tour, NCGA PLAY! and expand travel discounts with NCGA GO. These programs, in coordination with our mar- keting efforts, have helped the NCGA grow in membership and participation each of the last two years, and we're confident that we're poised for more growth in 2018! USGA National Championship at Poppy Hills: Poppy Hills Golf Course was selected by the USGA to host the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in July. This is a great honor, as the NCGA is the first association to host a national championship on an associa- tion-owned golf course. We also couldn't be prouder of Poppy Hills being selected by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 Public Courses in America (#62)! Continued Expansion ofYouth on Course:Thanks to YOC, thousands of kids across the state, and now the country, have access to hundreds of courses for $5 green fees or less. Now in 19 states, YOC will continue to expand to more regions in 2018. New Club Management Support:The NCGA is investing in new club management programs that will benefit our clubs and membership throughout 2018. These include new tournament management software, new club communication tools and new options for billing. 2019 Rules of Golf Modernization: The NCGA will be deploying new rules education opportunities later in the year that will help our members, volunteers, and clubs prepare for the new Rules of Golf that will go into effect in 2019. New NCGA President:The NCGA welcomes a new President, Tom Bone, for 2018 (see profile page 20). Tom brings a great passion for the game and extensive experience that will benefit our association. For more information on the NCGA's performance in 2017 and the outlook for 2018, the full NCGA annual report is available at On behalf of the entire staff, we thank you for your membership and support of the NCGA. Together we are better for golf. The One Constant BY JOE HUSTON

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