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14 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G L ucy Li of Redwood Shores first made a splash on the national golf stage when she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at age 11. She missed the cut, but between her pig tails, maturity beyond her years and the adorable way she answered questions about her round between licks of a col- orful Starburst ice cream cone, Li became the darling of the 2014 Open at Pinehurst No. 2. With each passing year, she continues to prove that she is the real deal. Li is a multiple winner on the Junior Tour of Northern California and represented the U.S. in the Ping Junior Solheim Cup. With the U.S. Girls' Junior being held at Poppy Hills in July, Li, the No. 1 ranked junior in the country, has her sights set on capturing her first USGA title. Q: How much did the Junior Tour of Northern California help your development as a competitor? Lucy Li : Oh, yeah, definitely it has. There are still a couple of girls I played with back then. Competing against players such as Sabrina Iqbal on a regular basis was something that really helped my game when I grew up. I really love the NCGA. Q: Who has helped you improve? LI: I have two mentors in Johnny Miller and Mickey Wright. Oh, it's so amazing to be able to learn from two Hall of Fame golfers. She's so kind to me and really gives me the best advice. Johnny comes to see me every once in a while. He's awesome. He's so funny, too. Q: At the 2014 U.S. Women's Open you said, "The game is going to take me wherever it's going to take me." Is that still your philosophy? LI: Yeah, it's still definitely the mindset of golf. It's like life; you can't really control it, you just have to do your best and see what happens. Q: Where do you hope golf will take you? LI: To the top, I guess. I mean, that's my hope in everything I do. Q: What would it mean to you to win the U.S. Girls' Junior in your home state at Poppy Hills? LI: Well, obviously, to win any USGA event is a big honor, so I'm just really excited to be able to play in it in my home state because I love California, and it would be really cool to do it with all my friends there. Q: Do you still like ice cream as much as you did when you ate a cone during your post-round press conference at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open? LI: Yeah. It's ice cream. Who doesn't love ice cream? In Memoriam Northern California golf and Bay Area juniors lost a friend when Leonard Kirtley died in January at the age of 94. A World War II veteran who served under Gen. George S. Patton, Kirtley was a member of the NCGA Board of Directors from 1993-2000. The Oakland native, affectionately known as 'Googie', was also a huge supporter of junior golf in his hometown via the Lake Chabot Golf Academy and Metropolitan Junior Golf Program. "Leonard was a great guy. One of the best, " said 1994 NCGA President John Nakamura. Setting it Straight: In the Winter issue Tournament Central story "19th NCGA/ CIF High School Girls' Championship" the image of the winning team (Valley Christian of San Jose) is incorrect. This is the correct image. Dumas New NCPGA Executive Director L en Dumas has been named Executive Director for the Northern California Section of the PGA. The former General Manager at Contra Costa Country Club, Dumas, who also assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer, brings 29 years of experience as a PGA professional with the majority of that time in key management roles. "The confidence the Section Board of Directors has shown in me is humbling," Dumas said. "I am eager to assist the staff as we tackle the day-to-day operations of the Section while also working with members to develop and execute a strategic plan that will assure our success moving forward." Dumas has served on the NCPGA Board of Directors since 2006, becoming a Section officer in 2008 and serving as President in 2012-13. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious NCPGA Golf Professional of the Year award. The NCPGA is the seventh largest of the 41 PGA of America Sections within the U.S. Faces of the NCGA AP in the NEWS

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