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16 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G Inkster Back as U.S. Solheim Cup Captain S anta Cruz native and 2017 NCGA Hall of Fame in- ductee Juli Inkster will be back at the helm. In January, it was announced that Inkster, 57, will be the first three-time Team USA captain at the 2019 Solheim Cup to be held Sept. 13-15 on the PGA Cen- tenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. The 31-time LPGA Tour winner and seven-time major champion has had the win- ning touch as captain, leading the Americans to a 2015 win in Germany and a victory in Iowa last summer. "This is an unbelievable honor and one I do not take lightly," Inkster said. "I'm so stoked to be able to take the U.S. Team to Scotland, the home of golf. We can't wait to get started." SEEN & heard AP Martin Trainer, who took up golf at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course at age 12, won the El Bosque Mexico Championship, his first Tour title, on March 11. The former Gunn High standout, who played collegiately at USC, was making his first start on the developmental tour this season after earning a spot in the field by advancing through a three-way playoff at a local qualifier. "I was extremely nervous," Trainer said. "I hit a bunch of shots that I was kind of like, 'Where did that come from?' because it was so uncharacteristic, but that's what happens under pressure – it's just a different kind of golf. But thankfully I was able to scrape through and pick up the win." A member of the NCGA team that won the Morse Cup at the 2011 Pacific Coast Amateur, the now 26-year-old Trainer previously won in 2016 on the PGATour Latinoamerica. The victory also moved him closer to a spot on the PGA Tour. His $117,000 winner's check bumped him to No.5 on the Tour money list. PHOTO BY CARLOS VELAZQUEZ/PGA TOUR Trainer Triumphs South of the Border

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