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20 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG S H A G B A G The Eagle Has Landed L ydia Ko knocked a 3-wood to within 3 feet of the flagstick for eagle on the first hole of a playoff to defeat Minjee Lee and win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. While it marked Ko's 15th career victory, it was the first for the 21-year-old former World No. 1 since July 2016, a 43-event stretch marked by changes in instructors, caddies and equipment. If there was anywhere that Ko had a great shot at snapping her skid, it was Lake Merced Golf Club. The New Zealander also won there in 2014 and 2015. AP Member Trips 2019 Let Us Know Where You Want to Go! T h e NCGA has pulled up its maps and is starting to make plans for its annual Member Trips for 2019. The big question is: Where do YOU w ant to go? Streamsong? Big Cedar Lodge? Links golf in England? Cabot Cliffs? Cabo San Lucas? Let us know by emailing m emberoutings@ncga.org Streamsong Big Cedar Lodge Cabot Cliffs Steph Curry in Talks to Host PGA Tour Event Could Northern California land another PGA Tour event? While it's no slam dunk just yet, ESPN reported that Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is in talks with the PGA Tour to bring a new event to the Bay Area. Curry, who is a scratch golfer, has played in the American Century Celebrity Championship in Lake Tahoe, the pro-am at the Tour's Safeway Open in Napa, and competed in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae on a sponsor's exemption last season. Curry's representatives at Octagon, which manages several professional golf tour events, is finalizing a deal with the Tour that would grant it the right to sell marketing and sponsorship deals for a tournament to be played in the fall of 2019. A PGA Tour official acknowledged that talks were ongoing with Curry and his team. "There's no doubt Stephen Curry brings a young, new, diverse audience to the PGA Tour through his passion for this great game and support for the community," said Tour spokeswoman Laura Neal. PGA Professional Championship Tees Off Busy Summer of Golf for Monterey Peninsula T he U.S. Girls' Junior Championship and U.S. Amateur aren't the only premiere events visiting the Monterey Peninsula this summer. Some of the country's best club professionals paid a visit, too. Bayonet/Black Horse GC in Seaside hosted the 51st PGA Professional Championship, June 17-20. It consisted of a field of 312 players who advanced from the 41 PGA Section Champi- onships, along with eligible past champions. Both courses were used during the first two rounds of competition with Bayonet host- ing the final two rounds.The low 20 scorers in the Championship earned a berth in the 2018 PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Kaiser Recognized E .L. 'Cotton' Kaiser, whose pupils included 2012 Curtis Cup captain Pat Cornett and former NCGA amateur great Mike Brannan, will posthumously be inducted into the Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame in August. A huge supporter of junior golf, Kaiser, who was based at the former 9-hole Sherwood Greens and Salinas Fairways, also taught among others former PGA Tour member John Flannery and former USC All-American and amateur standout Terrence Miskell. In 1990, Kaiser earned Teacher of the Year honors from the NCPGA. In Case You Missed It… University of Cal's Collin Morikawa held the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for three weeks beginning on May 1.... Longtime San Jose State University women's golf coach John Dormann announced his retirement, effective August 1. A Spartan alum, Dormann has coached at San Jose State for the past 20 years.... Chowchilla's Asterisk Talley finished second in the Girls 7-9 Division of the National Drive, Chip and Putt Finals at Augusta National on April 1.... JJ West, previously the Assistant General Manager at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, has been promoted to General Manager. AP THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN in the NEWS

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