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NCGA Board of Directors

The Board provides foresight, oversight and insight to the NCGA management in order to uphold and deliver the mission, values and goals of the organization.

Meet the Board

The NCGA Board steers the organization towards a sustainable future by ensuring sound, ethical, and legal governance; financial management policies; and adequate resources to advance the mission.
Dave Pearson
President
Joined NCGA Board: 2015 Hometown: Visalia Home Course: Visalia CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Interacting with the staff and other volunteers who also love golf and want to give back to the game. Better understanding the many services the NCGA offers to members and amateur golf.

Favorite golf memory

Seeing the expression on my youngest daughter’s face at age 6, when she said “just hit it in the hole” as I was about to make a 140 yard shot, and it went in. Shooting 64 when I was 65.

Dave Pearson
President
College: UCLA Family: Wife Susan, son Michael, and daughters Rhonda, Sheryl and Amy

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Interacting with the staff and other volunteers who also love golf and want to give back to the game. Better understanding the many services the NCGA offers to members and amateur golf.

Favorite golf memory

Seeing the expression on my youngest daughter’s face at age 6, when she said “just hit it in the hole” as I was about to make a 140 yard shot, and it went in. Shooting 64 when I was 65.

Edward Quinn
Vice-President
Joined NCGA Board: 2017 Hometown: Fair Oaks Home Course: North Ridge CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Golf has enriched my life significantly. I hope that active involvement in the NCGA and Youth on Course will afford opportunities to help other people, especially young people, have that same positive golf experience in their lives.

Favorite golf memory

Hard to pick just one, but playing Royal Dornoch on a beautiful day with my 13-year-old son, Brendan, was great.

Edward Quinn
Vice-President
College: U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.), University of Pittsburgh (M.A., Economics), University of Michigan (J.D.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M.) Family: Wife Marta, sons Brendan and Alex

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Golf has enriched my life significantly. I hope that active involvement in the NCGA and Youth on Course will afford opportunities to help other people, especially young people, have that same positive golf experience in their lives.

Favorite golf memory

Hard to pick just one, but playing Royal Dornoch on a beautiful day with my 13-year-old son, Brendan, was great.

Kevin Peyton
Secretary/Treasurer
Joined NCGA Board: 2018 Hometown: San Jose Home Course: San Jose CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

The opportunity to learn and collaborate with a great group of volunteers and staff while contributing to the continued success of Northern California golf.

Favorite golf memory

So many great memories. Top of the list has to be all the member-guest tournaments, golf trips, and playing Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time with my life-long best friends.

Kevin Peyton
Secretary/Treasurer
College: San Jose State University Family: Wife Melanie, daughters Madeline, Ellie, and Abby

Best part about being an NCGA board member

The opportunity to learn and collaborate with a great group of volunteers and staff while contributing to the continued success of Northern California golf.

Favorite golf memory

So many great memories. Top of the list has to be all the member-guest tournaments, golf trips, and playing Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time with my life-long best friends.

Gary Fox
Immediate Past President
Joined NCGA Board: 2014 Hometown: Ripon Home Course: Spring Creek GC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Promoting amateur golf with facilities and tournaments. Helping our junior golfers develop skills and learn valuable life lessons.

Favorite golf memory

Competing against the Brits in our Ripon Cup sister cities competitions. Watching Hailey take her first whacks at the ball. Playing Pebble with my son.

Gary Fox
Immediate Past President
Family: Wife Darlene, children Nathan and Melanie, and granddaughter Hailey

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Promoting amateur golf with facilities and tournaments. Helping our junior golfers develop skills and learn valuable life lessons.

Favorite golf memory

Competing against the Brits in our Ripon Cup sister cities competitions. Watching Hailey take her first whacks at the ball. Playing Pebble with my son.

Michael Braun
Joined NCGA Board: 2023 Hometown: Palo Alto Home Course: Peninsula G&CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Golf has given me lifelong friends and joy for 60 years. Being part of a great team working to spread that joy to future generations is fantastic!

 

Favorite golf memory

There are too many to mention, but my trips with buddies to play the great links courses in Ireland, Scotland and England certainly head the list.

Michael Braun
College: University of Rochester Family: Wife Leslie, two daughters and four grandchildren

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Golf has given me lifelong friends and joy for 60 years. Being part of a great team working to spread that joy to future generations is fantastic!

 

Favorite golf memory

There are too many to mention, but my trips with buddies to play the great links courses in Ireland, Scotland and England certainly head the list.

Bill Carle
Joined NCGA Board: 2020 Hometown: Berkeley Home Course: Berkeley CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

The opportunity to advocate for the best regional golf organization in the country, supporting our unparalleled events schedule and assuring the value of the game and its lessons reach youth everywhere.

Favorite golf memory

Playing the Old Course with our sons, playing with them in the NCGA Parent-Junior (low gross one year), 35 years of golf vacations with the same three buddies, and bringing it on the 18th.

Bill Carle
College: CSU Chico (B.S.) and University of California, Berkeley (J.D.) Family: Wife Nancy, sons Tyler and Trevor, and granddaughter Ridley

Best part about being an NCGA board member

The opportunity to advocate for the best regional golf organization in the country, supporting our unparalleled events schedule and assuring the value of the game and its lessons reach youth everywhere.

Favorite golf memory

Playing the Old Course with our sons, playing with them in the NCGA Parent-Junior (low gross one year), 35 years of golf vacations with the same three buddies, and bringing it on the 18th.

Dana Carrigan
Joined NCGA Board: 2021 Hometown: Loomis Home Course: Whitney Oaks and Turkey Creek
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Looking forward to collaborating with the NCGA Board, staff and fellow volunteers to grow the game of golf for players of all skill levels.

Favorite golf memory

Traveling and golfing in Scotland, and walking out on the Old Course.

Dana Carrigan
College: San Francisco State Family: Husband Cris, children Clay and Claire

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Looking forward to collaborating with the NCGA Board, staff and fellow volunteers to grow the game of golf for players of all skill levels.

Favorite golf memory

Traveling and golfing in Scotland, and walking out on the Old Course.

Erika Corradi
Joined NCGA Board: 2022 Hometown: Coronado Home Course: The Olympic Club
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Best part about being an NCGA board member:

It’s inspiring being a part of a great group of volunteer board members who truly love the game and a professional staff who, together, take seriously their charge to grow the game, elevate member experience and deliver an exceptional product in tournaments, educational opportunities and on the Poppy courses.

Favorite golf memory

It’s a France story. My husband and I were at a resort near Versailles recovering from jetlag and playing on a course inside the walls of an old chateau. We were playing behind a twosome who were fairly “fairway challenged,” so frequently we occupied ourselves with enjoying the beautiful sculptures dotting the course while the couple hunted for their errant balls. On one hole, they were taking an inordinate amount of time, so we hit our tee shots to let them know it was time to move along. When we arrived at the spot where they had disappeared, we discovered they had given up the hunt and instead had spread out a blanket and were having lunch with a bottle of wine in the shadow of a sculpture and fountain. They waved and called out “Allez-y” (go ahead), which we did, calling back, “Bon appetit,” but I think we would have been happy to join them in their very French style of enjoying a round of golf.

Erika Corradi
College: San Francisco State University (B.A. Business) Family: Husband Dennis, daughter Alexys, married to son-in-law Robert, son Jesse, married to daughter-in-law Leah, grandson Luca, and two sibling cats, Muscles and Lehleh

Best part about being an NCGA board member:

It’s inspiring being a part of a great group of volunteer board members who truly love the game and a professional staff who, together, take seriously their charge to grow the game, elevate member experience and deliver an exceptional product in tournaments, educational opportunities and on the Poppy courses.

Favorite golf memory

It’s a France story. My husband and I were at a resort near Versailles recovering from jetlag and playing on a course inside the walls of an old chateau. We were playing behind a twosome who were fairly “fairway challenged,” so frequently we occupied ourselves with enjoying the beautiful sculptures dotting the course while the couple hunted for their errant balls. On one hole, they were taking an inordinate amount of time, so we hit our tee shots to let them know it was time to move along. When we arrived at the spot where they had disappeared, we discovered they had given up the hunt and instead had spread out a blanket and were having lunch with a bottle of wine in the shadow of a sculpture and fountain. They waved and called out “Allez-y” (go ahead), which we did, calling back, “Bon appetit,” but I think we would have been happy to join them in their very French style of enjoying a round of golf.

Branché Jones
Joined NCGA Board: 2022 Hometown: Sacramento Home Course: North Ridge CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being able to give back to the community and expand golf opportunities for groups that do not have them today.

Favorite golf memory

Making my first eagle on the Ocean Course in Kona, Hawaii.

Branché Jones
College: UC Santa Barbara Family: Wife Jodi

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being able to give back to the community and expand golf opportunities for groups that do not have them today.

Favorite golf memory

Making my first eagle on the Ocean Course in Kona, Hawaii.

April Kenyon
Joined NCGA Board: 2022 Hometown: Oakland Home Course: Fore Women’s Golf Association
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

The opportunity to collaborate with such an amazing, talented, and committed group of people for NCGA’s common purpose of improving the game of golf, especially for women and youth.

Favorite golf memory

Of all my great memories, the most important has been how much the game positively reshaped my perspective on life. I am a kinder and gentler person to myself. I’m much more successful at handling challenges that stretch my mental toughness both on and off the golf course.

April Kenyon
College: San Francisco State University Family: Wife Patricia Rothe

Best part about being an NCGA board member

The opportunity to collaborate with such an amazing, talented, and committed group of people for NCGA’s common purpose of improving the game of golf, especially for women and youth.

Favorite golf memory

Of all my great memories, the most important has been how much the game positively reshaped my perspective on life. I am a kinder and gentler person to myself. I’m much more successful at handling challenges that stretch my mental toughness both on and off the golf course.

Bob Miller
Joined NCGA Board: 2019 Hometown: San Carlos Home Course: Sequoia Woods
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Meeting and working with an extraordinary group of people dedicated to the game of golf.

Favorite golf memory

Playing with my daughter when she drove the green on a par 4 and made her first eagle!

Bob Miller
College: San Francisco State University Family: Wife Deborah Hernas, daughter Shannon Miller, and son Carter Miller

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Meeting and working with an extraordinary group of people dedicated to the game of golf.

Favorite golf memory

Playing with my daughter when she drove the green on a par 4 and made her first eagle!

Lance Parker
Joined NCGA Board: 2019 Hometown: San Luis Obispo Home Course: San Luis Obispo CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being able to serve the game I love.

Favorite golf memory

Watching Jack Nicklaus play in the 1972 U.S. Open with my dad!

Lance Parker
Family: Daughters Kristen and Evyn

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being able to serve the game I love.

Favorite golf memory

Watching Jack Nicklaus play in the 1972 U.S. Open with my dad!

Preston Pinkney
Joined NCGA Board: 2020 Hometown: Richmond Home Course: Lake Chabot GC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being part of a committed team that is passionate about growing the game of golf.

Favorite golf memory

Playing golf at the Olympic Club in 2014 at their annual golf fundraiser with my Ace Kids Golf coaching staff — we won first place.

Preston Pinkney
College: Contra Costa Family: Wife JaVonnie, son Preston, and daughter Nia

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being part of a committed team that is passionate about growing the game of golf.

Favorite golf memory

Playing golf at the Olympic Club in 2014 at their annual golf fundraiser with my Ace Kids Golf coaching staff — we won first place.

Greg Rhine
Joined NCGA Board: 2022 Hometown: Los Gatos Home Course: San Jose CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

To be able to support and grow the game and all who play it. Being part of an organization that supports amateur golf and Youth on Course, enabling young golfers to learn and enjoy this great game>

Favorite golf memory

There is nothing better than playing 18 with your pals on a beautiful day on a beautiful course.

Greg Rhine
College: University of Missouri Family: Wife Molly, daughters Michaela, Megan, and Betsy

Best part about being an NCGA board member

To be able to support and grow the game and all who play it. Being part of an organization that supports amateur golf and Youth on Course, enabling young golfers to learn and enjoy this great game>

Favorite golf memory

There is nothing better than playing 18 with your pals on a beautiful day on a beautiful course.

Karl Rodefer
Joined NCGA Board: 2021 Hometown: Columbia Home Course: Greenhorn Creek Resort
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Continuing in an even more active role to contribute to the best Regional Golf Association in the nation and to enrich the great game of golf and its inherent values, especially as a personal growth experience for our youth.

Favorite Golf Memory

Playing with a friend and watching his very good tee shot on a 165-yard par 3 heading toward the hole while he, having lost sight of the ball, asked, “Where did it go?” I replied in a very calm, almost quiet voice while it was still in the air, “It’s in the hole.” He kept asking me where it went, and I kept giving him the same answer in the same tone of voice while I watched the ball land left and short of the hole and eventually roll into the hole. When we got to the green, he asked, “Seriously, where did it go?” I said again, very calmly and quietly, “It’s in the hole”. He went and searched in and around the left greenside bunker for about 5 minutes. I said nothing. Finally, he asked again and I replied the same. He finally went and looked in the hole. I was still laughing when I hit both my drive AND my approach shot on the next hole.

Karl Rodefer
Family: Wife Jo

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Continuing in an even more active role to contribute to the best Regional Golf Association in the nation and to enrich the great game of golf and its inherent values, especially as a personal growth experience for our youth.

Favorite Golf Memory

Playing with a friend and watching his very good tee shot on a 165-yard par 3 heading toward the hole while he, having lost sight of the ball, asked, “Where did it go?” I replied in a very calm, almost quiet voice while it was still in the air, “It’s in the hole.” He kept asking me where it went, and I kept giving him the same answer in the same tone of voice while I watched the ball land left and short of the hole and eventually roll into the hole. When we got to the green, he asked, “Seriously, where did it go?” I said again, very calmly and quietly, “It’s in the hole”. He went and searched in and around the left greenside bunker for about 5 minutes. I said nothing. Finally, he asked again and I replied the same. He finally went and looked in the hole. I was still laughing when I hit both my drive AND my approach shot on the next hole.

Bill Self
Joined NCGA Board: 2021 Hometown: Pebble Beach Home Course: Monterey Peninsula CC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Continuing to promote the game of golf through Tournament and Rules Officiating, supporting Youth on Course to bring the game into a new generation, and growing the membership of NCGA.

Favorite golf memory

With my late wife Marta on our first trip to Scotland, playing St. Andrews (Old) in the morning, playing Carnoustie in the late afternoon, and realizing on the 18th tee I had the same ball in my hand that I started with, and didn’t lose it on 18 (avoiding the Barry Burn). Penalty-free 36 holes; I still have that ball!

Bill Self
Family: Son Trevor, wife Corinne, and granddaughters Clara, Elin, and Norah.

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Continuing to promote the game of golf through Tournament and Rules Officiating, supporting Youth on Course to bring the game into a new generation, and growing the membership of NCGA.

Favorite golf memory

With my late wife Marta on our first trip to Scotland, playing St. Andrews (Old) in the morning, playing Carnoustie in the late afternoon, and realizing on the 18th tee I had the same ball in my hand that I started with, and didn’t lose it on 18 (avoiding the Barry Burn). Penalty-free 36 holes; I still have that ball!

Michael Smith
Joined NCGA Board: 2023 Hometown: Chicago Home Course: Lake Chabot GC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being able to have a positive influence on the future of golf in Northern California

Favorite golf memory

Winning my first club tournament at Poppy Hill

 
Michael Smith
College: Loop (Chicago) Family: Wife Jill

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Being able to have a positive influence on the future of golf in Northern California

Favorite golf memory

Winning my first club tournament at Poppy Hill

 
Cathy Stroh
Joined NCGA Board: 2020 Hometown: Sacramento Home Course: El Macero Country Club
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Best part about being an NCGA board member

Reaching out to the members and helping provide the very best golfing experience possible, and helping grow the game, particularly for women and junior golfers.

Favorite golf memory

I have golfed on many beautiful courses, and have wonderful memories. My most cherished memories are those that are created when I play with my loved ones and cherished friends. Playing golf makes my heart happy!

Cathy Stroh
Family: Husband Rey, adult children Shanna and Bryan, and two grandchildren, Madison and Chase

Best part about being an NCGA board member

Reaching out to the members and helping provide the very best golfing experience possible, and helping grow the game, particularly for women and junior golfers.

Favorite golf memory

I have golfed on many beautiful courses, and have wonderful memories. My most cherished memories are those that are created when I play with my loved ones and cherished friends. Playing golf makes my heart happy!

Tyler Tharpe
Joined NCGA Board: 2022 Hometown: Fresno Home Course: Riverside GC
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Best part about being an NCGA board member:

Working with extraordinary people to give back to a game that has given so much to me.

Favorite golf memory

In my first U.S. Open, being assigned to accompany three of the top-eight ranked players in the world, then doing so over two days at Oakmont.

Tyler Tharpe
College: CSU-Fresno (B.A. and B.S.) and University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (JD) Family: Wife Maria, son Chris

Best part about being an NCGA board member:

Working with extraordinary people to give back to a game that has given so much to me.

Favorite golf memory

In my first U.S. Open, being assigned to accompany three of the top-eight ranked players in the world, then doing so over two days at Oakmont.

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About the NCGA

The Northern California Golf Association was founded in 1901, and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful golf associations in the United States.

Through the years, the NCGA has continuously evolved how we operate, but our unfailing support for golf and our members has never changed.

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