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P R O F I L E Kay Cockerill, whose husband is an executive for the hometown team, is a Northern California native who still calls the Bay Area home and remains a force in the world of golf as a broadcaster, and later this year, a competitor again. BY RON KROICHICK K ay Cockerill's roots in Northern California run deep. She was born in San Jose, grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains, attended high school in Los Gatos and now lives in San Francisco, no more than a strong 5-wood from old Kezar Stadium. And her story as a golfer, in some ways, starts in Salinas. That's where Cockerill, at 15, struck her first tee shot in an organized tournament. She had picked up the game only three years earlier, and now she stood on the No. 1 tee at Salinas Golf and Country Club (now The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch), competing in the Charlie Culver Junior Mas- ters – and the ball sailed into the driving range, out of bounds. She shot 99. But this tale took a revealing twist after the round, when Cockerill noticed another player doing a television interview. Kim Cathrein was a few years younger than Cockerill, but she shot 72 that day – and unwittingly fueled the newcomer. "I looked at her and thought, 'She just shot 72? I want to do that!'" Cockerill recalled. "She was motivation. … I knew only two or three other girls who played golf. This was the late 1970s, and most of the juniors I was around were boys." San Francisco GIANT

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