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Summer 2018

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10 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E C E O ' S D E S K I t has been said that "golf is a game for everyone: men, women, players of all ages, especially for those who wear hideous clothes." I am not sure about the fashion statement, but I certainly agree that golf is for everyone. The quest to grow the game and help everyone enjoy it even more is very important to us at the NCGA. This year is particularly special, as there are several new programs to support and promote the game in our region. In July, we'll have the honor of hosting the 70th U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at our own Poppy Hills Golf Course. It's the first time Poppy Hills has hosted a USGA championship, and we are very proud to have this opportunity. The best female golfers age 18 and under from all over the world will compete at our top-100 ranked golf course. Don't forget that as an NCGA member, this is also your course, and you can test your game on this outstanding Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout with special member rates. This edition of NCGA GOLF celebrates the Girls' championship from many different perspectives. We are grateful for tournament chairperson Vaughn Kezirian leading this complex championship. Also, the USGA appointed Gail Rogers, our NCGA Vice President and long-time USGA volunteer, to serve as the honorary chairperson. Several of the competitors are also members of Youth on Course (YOC), which has now expanded to 26 states.YOC is the charitable arm of the NCGA, which provides access for thousands of kids to golf courses for $5 or less. This year the scholarship program will also eclipse nearly $1.5 million in college scholarships awarded to members. To support the game for all types of golfers, there are many other important efforts going on in Northern California. This year we have welcomed over 15,000 new members from the Pacific Women's Golf Association (PWGA) and the Women's Golf Association of Northern California (WGANC) during a collaboration period between our three organizations. In the Spring magazine, NCGA President Tom Bone shared his thoughts about this important effort, and stated "Changes like this are complicated and difficult. But I want to assure the members of those organi- zations that I want any transition into the NCGA to preserve the history and traditions of those organizations, their tournaments, their Open Days and Play Days and support for high school girls' golf.You can be assured that we will work together with their active input and participation." I am personally pleased with the progress that the team is making and I look forward to positive things to come from our collaboration. We are also working to better support the interests of recreational golfers of all types. We have increased the number of NCGAWeekend Net Tour events to 35, expanded trips and outings and continue to evolve the NCGA PLAY! program with over 110 events.The Junior Tour of Northern California, our collaborative effort with the NCPGA, has expanded venues to include additional first flight tournaments that attract more players. We are also launching an effort to showcase and support opportunities for our veterans. In addition to the U.S. Girls' Junior at Poppy Hills, the NCGA will help oversee the Pacific Coast Amateur at The Olympic Club, which attracts many of the best amateurs from across the U.S. and the world. The NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship will again be at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and the California Senior Amateur will be hosted at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Check out ncga.org for tournaments and events that may interest you. I wish you the best of luck on the course, regardless of your golf attire! Supporting the game for ALL golfers BY JOE HUSTON

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