October 23, 2018
Jim Mahaney–2018 NCGA Course Rater of the Year
As it is with many things in life, it’s all about who you know. Or in some cases, who knows you.
Back in the late 1990’s, Jim Mahaney was a golfer living in the Bay Area. At the time, his wife Mary was good friends with longtime USGA official Sheri Erskine. As things turned out, Erskine eventually convinced her husband, 2003 NCGA Course Rater of the Year and former NCGA Board member John Erskine, to approach Mahaney about becoming a course rater.
“Sheri had told my wife, ‘Why not have Jim sign up?’ So I sent in an application. Two years later I call from the NCGA asking if I was interested,” the now 66-year-old Mahaney said.
It’s safe to say that Mahaney and course rating has been a match. This year marked his 18th season as a rater.
“I really enjoy working with the other raters. It’s a team effort and great camaraderie,” Mahaney said. “Everyone works together to get the right answers.”
For Mahaney, the 2018 season has been extra special. He’d for the first time work with raters from the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California and the Pacific Women’s Golf Association as part of the collaboration efforts between the three entities.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the women this year,” Mahaney said. “It’s been a lot of fun. I look forward to working with them in the future.”