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8 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E E D I T O R T hey say nothing good ever comes from having one more drink. Now that's probably good advice to live by, but then again there is an exception to every rule. On the eve of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, having enjoyed a feast with the type of old friends where you just pick up where you left off, my phone buzzed with a text: Follow me. We'll get one more drink. I'm glad I said, "Yes," because over one more beer at Alfredo's Cantina in Monterey, my pal, Alex Hulanicki, started regaling me with stories about a legendary figure named Helen Lengfeld. I'm embarrassed to say I was unfamiliar with her contributions to golf in Northern California and beyond even as Alex made her sound as mythic as Helen of Troy. Before I could pay our bill, I knew this was a story that Alex had to share with you, dear reader, and he does so ably (see page 24). Lengfeld was a champion for women's golf and her influence still is being felt more than 30 years after her passing. Amy Alcott, Juli Inkster, Nancy Lopez and Patty Sheehan isn't just the World Golf Hall of Fame roll call. In some small way, Lengfeld touched their lives and left a lasting impression. Lengfeld would've loved to see the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship be contested at Poppy Hills Golf Course. The field of 156 talented girls age 18 and under is in line for a real treat. One of my favorite wordsmiths, Ron Kroichick, sets the scene for what should be a memorable debut for Poppy Hills as a USGA host. Ever since its 2014 renovation, Poppy plays fast and firm and it is a course that will expose any weakness in your game. It will reward good shotmaking and those who advance likely will have an imaginative short game and a delicate touch on the greens. Considering I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I've always been in awe of those who can turn a blank canvas into a work of art. Jim Fitzpatrick has done that and more and established quite a reputation as one of golf's foremost artists. Kroichick does double duty this issue with a fine portrait of his own of Fitzpatrick, who did a masterful job on this issue's cover art. Alan Shipnuck, our man "On the Beat," celebrates the amateur game and the beauty of match play, which will be on display this summer not only at the Girls' Junior, but during the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill. During the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Graeme McDowell, who won the U.S. Open in 2010 at Pebble, reminisced with me about his greatest triumph and his affinity for Pebble as a match play course. "Not to take anything away from people who won on other venues," McDowell said, "but there's something special about winning at an iconic place like Pebble." Walking to the 12th tee, McDowell sensed the championship slipping from his grasp, but he looked at the leaderboard and noticed his competitors were struggling too. At the 14th, he flushed a 7-iron to the par 5 that soared over the green and he failed to get up and down. But no matter. "I remember thinking to myself, Maybe I can do this. I made bogey, but it reaffirmed that I had the fortitude to hit the shots down the stretch," McDowell told me. So where should Pebble Beach place a plaque to commemorate his major moment? "You might put it in Brophy's," he said of the famed Carmel tavern. Another round, barkeep, for the summer of amateur golf on Monterey Peninsula. All Hail, Helen of Monterey BY ADAM SCHUPAK, EDITOR THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION Volume 38, Number 3 Editorial and Business Office: Northern California Golf Association 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-625-4653; NCGA.org; ncgainfo@ncga.org NCGA Staff: Chief Executive Officer: Joe Huston Managing Editor, Asst. Director of Communications: Jerry Stewart Alex Anderson, Trever Benjamin, Toivo Betancourt, Jim Brady, Marissa Brosseau, Chris Ceman, Jeff Clark, Jamie Cordova, Ben Coronado, Jim Cowan, Ian Dahl, Ryan Dunham, Ryan Farb, Aana Fitzgerald, Lenny Fudenna, Martin Fuentes, Otis Goodwin, Jeremy Gray, Ryan Gregg, Aaron Hartesveldt, Adam Heieck, Lindsay Horton, Vaughn Kezirian, Rick Leoncio, Michael Lowe, Jillian MacDonald, Julie McEntee, Helen Nicolayev, Malinda Oliver, Kaitlyn Petrando, Jean Quismundo, Rick Rangel, Reilly Richards, Emily Rotter, Spencer Sorensen, Sam Staton, Haley Whitbeck NCGA Board of Directors: Tom Bone (President), Gail Rogers (Vice President), Michael Weeks (Secretary/Treasurer), Patrick Quinn (Immediate Past President) Stacey Baba, Dr. Alfred Brown, Raymond Coates, John Dodsworth, Terry Fitzwater, Gary Fox, Scott Gebhardt, Bob Goldstein, Samuel Gross, Susan Morse, David Pearson, Kevin Peyton, Ed Quinn, Jay Silverberg, Richard Wise Courses Owned by the Northern California Golf Association Poppy Hills Golf Course 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-622-8239; PoppyHillsGolf.com; info@poppyhillsgolf.com Poppy Ridge Golf Course 4280 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA 94550 P: 925-456-8202; PoppyRidgeGolf.com; info@poppyridgegolf.com Published for the Northern California Golf Association in cooperation with: PGA Magazine Group 2600 Philmont Avenue, Suite 325 Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 Phone: 215-914-2071 Editor: Adam Schupak Advertising: For information, please contact: Brian Folino at 661-312-6412 Vice President, Real Estate & Travel: Mike Agee Regional Advertising Managers: Tom Black, Patrick Cherry, Howard Derkay CEO: Richard K. Summers COO & Art Director: Peter J. Sansone President: Brian Folino Contributing Writers: Jim Achenbach, Scott Adams, Alex Hulanicki, Don Jozwiak, Ron Kroichick, Jason Lusk, Brian Murphy, Beth Ann Nichols, Alan Shipnuck Business Development Manager: Abraham Summers Production/Pre-Press: Frederick Yantz Design: Steve Higgins (Lead Designer), Jim Gerhard, Matt Hulnick, Marina Kohls Advertising Production Manager: JulieYuen General Manager, Digital Operations: Matt Frey, PGA Operations: Tom Gauss, Katelyn Leer, Sean Schreiber Accounting: Larisa Kotlyar, Stacy Lombardo Audit Bureau of Circulations Member NCGA Golf (ISSN-1524-4385) is published quarterly by the Northern California Golf Association, 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. All rights reserved, including right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Members pay an annual subscription fee of $1. Printed in U.S.A. Please send change of address notice on Mem- ber Change form (available at your club). 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