NCGA Golf

Summer 2018

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NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2018 13 DAY TRIP . . . . . . . 14 The Jewel of the Sierra, Lake Tahoe is a summer playground offering fun for all. FACES . . . . . . . . . 16 Fred Walker is 90 and still fixing things around Poppy Hills GC SEEN & HEARD . . . . . . . 18 New South Course at Corica Park Debuts IN THE NEWS . . . 20 Lydia Ko, Steph Curry and Collin Morikawa are among our movers and shakers AP Conquering the Bear's Lair > Clovis native and former Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year Bryson DeChambeau picked up the biggest win of his career (so far) with a thrilling victory at The Memorial on June 3. With tournament host Jack Nicklaus looking on, DeChambeau drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Muirfield Village Golf Club to defeat former Cal Bear product Byeong Hun (Ben) An and Kyle Stanley. It marked DeChambeau's second PGA Tour win in two years. In 2017, he notched his maiden victory on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic. "This is probably the most important win I think of my entire career, because of the fact that it happened here at Jack's course and also because it's kind of validity to me being out here on Tour as well," said the 24-year-old DeChambeau. "I know I can do it consistently." DeChambeau impressed none other than Jack Nicklaus when he first met DeChambeau, the 2015 U.S. Open and NCAA men's individual champion, at the 2016 Masters. "He had that intense look, that I'm-going-to-be-a-great-player look," Nicklaus said. Known for his ballstriking prowess, DeChambeau had to rely on his short game and flat stick to bail him out. When it mattered most, DeChambeau got up and down five of six times on Sunday and ranked first in scrambling for the week. When the winning putt dropped, he pumped both fists skyward and celebrated like a man possessed. The victory not only moved DeChambeau to No.8 in the Ryder Cup standings. It also propelled him to No.22 in the Official World Golf Ranking. SHAGbag

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