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16 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG Baylands Golf Links (Palo Alto Muni) is Back Baylands Golf Links, the former Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, re- opened May 26 following a complete renovation and approval of a three- year contract with OB Sports by the City Council. The renovation project, which began as an effort to accommodate a levee that had to be relocated to improve flood control, morphed into a complete redesign, with all 18 holes being relocated and the course taking on a links-style feel with 40% less turf, more slopes and 55 acres of new wetlands. OB Sports, which operates nearby The Golf Club at Moffett Field, will handle everything from management of the course and driving range to operations of the pro shop and restaurant. The new course comes with a new fee schedule, which includes discounts for residents and a "dynamic pricing" model in which fees fluctuate based on demand. For Palo Alto residents, the fees will fluctuate between $40 and $60 on the weekdays ($54 to $85 if they're riding carts) and between $52 and $80 on the weekends. Palo Alto Councilman Greg Scharff said he was pleased with the OB Contract and happy to see the completion of the golf course project. "I'm really glad we did it," Scharff told Palo Alto Online. "I think it's going to be a huge success." I f you've played Poppy Hills GC or just been around the facility for lunch or to take in the forest views, chances are you've seen Fred Walker. Walker, 90, has been building and fixing things inside and outside the Poppy Hills and NCGA facilities for 21 years. Prior to his arrival in the Del Monte Forest, Walker had been a marketing manager for a division of Masonite Corporation. That kind of work doesn't interest him at all anymore. Q: How excited are you that Poppy Hills is hosting a USGA Championship? Fred Walker: I'm absolutely excited. Girls' golf is really growing. I'll definitely be taking some time off to watch. You can bet on it. Q: What do you love about your job? Walker: I love everything about it, especially working on cabinets. Also the people. There are no better people than those at Poppy Hills and my boss Art Kerrick, and certainly (general manager) Brad Shupe. I'm very fortunate. It all keeps me young. Q: What's your favorite golf memory? Walker: Making my eighth hole-in-one on the (141-yard, par-3) 15th here at Poppy Hills (from the two Poppy tees). I was playing with Art and Denny Hoeft. I hit driver….just kidding. I hit 6-iron. Q: What's the newspaper article you carry in your wallet? Walker: Oh…. It's an Associated Press story on Derrick Walker that says he averaged 25.2 points per game playing for (Division II) University of Wisconsin-Superior. At the time, Derrick Walker was the fourth leading scorer in the country. It's me. You see…my birth name is Frederick, but my nickname was Derrick. No one in my family had named the next gener- ation after my Uncle Derrick, so I picked it up as nickname. I'm very proud of the article. Faces of the NCGA Fred Walker – Poppy Hills Golf Course Maintenance Manager S H A G B A G Sacramento native John Catlin captured his first Asian Tour title in late May, winning the Asia- Pacific Classic at St. Andrews Golf Club in central China with a four-day score of 16 under. The last player to go back-to- back at the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship (2010-11), Catlin now has five wins since turning pro in 2013. His other victories came on the Asian Development Tour. "Victory feels just so good. Unreal, surreal," Catlin said. "This victory validates all the hard work I've put in." Catlin Snares Win DAVE SANSOM

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