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NCGA Hall of Fame

The NCGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 to celebrate the rich and storied history of golf in Northern California, and to preserve and honor the legacies of those who have dramatically shaped and impacted the game in this region and beyond.

NCGA Hall of Fame Classes



Tom Watson, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr,, Helen Lengfeld, Charles Seaver and Derrell Biddy (Distinguished Service) 

Growing the game was undoubtedly the underlying theme of the Northern California Golf Association’s 2016 Hall of Fame.

On Sept. 15, 2016, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. CEO of the First Tee; the late Helen Lengfeld – champion of the game for girls and women; Charles Seaver – late northern California amateur golf legend; and eight-time major championship winner Tom Watson – were inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame at Poppy Hills Golf Course. Proceeds of the induction dinner were donated to Youth on Course. Read More



Robert Trent Jones Sr., Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Rees Jones

In a wonderful celebration of the contributions of the Jones family to Northern California, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Rees Jones were inducted into the fifth class of the NCGA Hall of Fame on Tuesday night of star-studded AT&T week at Spanish Bay.

“I wish Dad was here. Bobby, mom, dad and I were given the Golf Family of the Year award in 1979 by the Metropolitan Golf Association, and this feels a lot like that,” Rees Jones said. “My dad would be thanking my mom, and saying, ‘Good job, boys.’” Read more



Steve Desimone, Mark Gale, Wally Goodwin and Conrad Ray

The 2014 Hall of Fame Class was inducted Tuesday night of AT&T week at Spanish Bay, headlined by four college golf coaches who have led their Northern California schools to national championships: Cal’s Steve Desimone, San Jose State’s Mark Gale and Stanford’s Wally Goodwin and Conrad Ray. Read more



Kay Cockerill, Roger Maltbie and Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller, Roger Maltbie and Kay Cockerill all forged battle-tested games by playing amateur golf in Northern California.

After sharpening their games at courses such as The Olympic Club, San Jose Country Club and Pasatiempo, they each ascended to the professional ranks, playing and winning on golf’s biggest stages.

They are still a part of golf’s biggest stages, although now it is through their distinct and ongoing broadcast careers. For their accomplishments on and off the course, Miller, Maltbie and Cockerill were inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame. Read more



2012 – Pebble Beach Co: Clint Eastwood, Dick Ferris, Arnold Palmer and Peter Ueberroth; Marion Hollins (Posthumous)

The NCGA and Pebble Beach Company partnered in creating Spyglass Hill in 1966. The NCGA honored the leadership of the company at the second annual NCGA Hall of Fame ceremony. Read more



2011 – Jack Bariteau, Grant Spaeth, Sandy Tatum and Ken Venturi

The NCGA inaugurated its Hall of Fame at the annual California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Association awards banquet by inducting Ken Venturi, Frank “Sandy” Tatum, C. Grant Spaeth and Jack Bariteau. Read more

NCGA Distinguished Service Award

The Hall of Fame ceremony also acknowledges the recipient of the NCGA’s Distinguished Service Award. The past winners are:

1982 Ernie Pieper 2001 Art Rosenbaum
1983 Mat Palacio 2002 Sandy Tatum
1984 Charles Seaver 2003 Chuck VanLinge
1985 Fran A.Watson, Sr. & Jr. 2004 Steve Desimone
1986 Tal Smith 2005 Pearl Carey
1987 Joe Zablocki 2006 Sally Pini (Posthumous)
1988 Milt Gabbs Lyle Wehrman
1989 Ken Morton 2007 Ed Haber (Posthumous)
1990 John Zoller John Nakamura
1991 C. Grant Spaeth 2008 Dr. George Swendiman
1992 Robert J. Foley 2009 Frank Parr
1993 Robert Hanna 2010 Brian and Juli Inkster
1994 John Rhodenbaugh 2011 Gary Vandeweghe
1996 Bob Moore 2012 Marion Hollins (Posthumous)
1995 Sylvan Frank 2013 Roger Val
1997 Len Ross 2014 Bo Links and Richard Harris
1998 Bob Roos 2015 Rudy Staedler
1999 Bob Murphy
2000 Gordon Scott