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So Jones understands the significance of Poppy Hills Golf Course hosting a USGA championship for the first time in July, when the U.S. Girls' Junior comes to the Monterey Peninsula. He remembers the impact a course, and national tournament, can make on impres- sionable young golfers. The way Jones sees it, Poppy Hills is ready for its whirl across the grand stage. He de- signed the course in 1986 and supervised its renovation in 2013 and '14, elevating the NCGA's home into a nationally ranked and widely respected venue. Poppy's place in the picturesque Del Monte Forest doesn't hurt. Jones once described the experience as akin to "playing golf in a national park," an apt analogy for holes weaving through towering, majestic trees. Now, with a marquee event on tap, Poppy Hills will wade in attention usually pointed toward its famous neighbor down the road. "We have the extraordinary drama of Pebble Beach nearby, but I think Poppy is in a glorious place, the Del Monte Forest," Jones said. "It really is like playing in a park." The Girls Junior counts as an appropriate event for Poppy Hills, given Northern Califor- nia's rich history of girls' and women's golf. Two players with NorCal roots have won the 30 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG Bruce Charlton (left) and Robert Trent Jones Jr. will get to see their renovation work in action. Who's Who/U.S. Girls' Junior Vaughn Kezirian-General Chairperson • NCGA Board Member (2001-2011) • NCGA President (2010) • NCGA Executive Director (2013-2016) • Poppy Holding, Inc. Board Member (2007-2008) • Youth on Course Board Member (2010-Present) What it all means: "The championship is the culmination of a two-year process that began with extending an invitation to the USGA and the USGA then acknowledging that Poppy Hills is a championship site. It's a great fit with our Youth on Course and Junior Tour of Northern California programs. We're honored to be hosting the girls." Gail Rogers-Honorary Chairperson • NCGA Board Member (2011-Present) • Will Become First Female NCGA President in 2019 • USGA Women's Committee (2002-2010) • USGA Senior Women's Championship Committee (1994-2001) • USGA Chairman of Women's Amateur Public Links (2007) • Pasatiempo GC Member (1995-Present) What it all means: "Hosting the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship fits perfectly with the NCGA's commitment to our Junior Tour of Northern California players and our support of Youth on Course. We invite coaches and parents to bring their players to the championship to watch the best junior girls in the world play the game we love at the highest level. The final round of match play will be very exciting. Don't miss it." Brad Shupe-Poppy Hills General Manager • President Poppy Holding Inc. (2013-Present) • General Manager Poppy Hills (2013-Present) • Vice President California Golf Course Owners Association 2018 What it all means: "The NCGA and Poppy Hills are honored to have the opportunity to share our golf course with the best junior girl golfers in the world. We are truly committed to growing and supporting women's golf and hosting this event allows us to share our passion with these fine young ladies." Cole Handley-Poppy Hills Director of Revenue • Director of Revenue Poppy Hills GC and Poppy Ridge GC (2017-Present) • Poppy Hills GC Head Professional (2014-2017) • Monterey Bay Chapter President PGA of America (2017-Present) • Northern California PGA Board Member (2017- Present) What it all means: "This is the type of event we've been dying to host, allowing us to uniquely differentiate ourselves among the other great venues in our region. Being chosen as one of only 14 sites to host a USGA Championship in 2018 is a huge honor." USGA

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