The 2015-2016 NCGA Players of the Year: Shintaro Ban, Sabrina Iqbal (Women’s), Dale Bouguennec (Senior), Lynne Cowan (Senior Women) and Gary Vanier (Super Senior).
North Ridge CC in Fair Oaks will be renovating its greens and bunkers. The work will be done by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Nashville resident Joseph Deraney shot a final round 72 to capture the 25th annual Stocker Cup at The Preserve in Carmel Valley. Deraney was the lone player to at least shoot par each of the three rounds.
Aaron Olson, the Director of Player Development at MTT Performance (Instruction) at Poppy Hills Golf Course, has received his first recognition from Golf Digest. Olson, 35, was named as one of the Best Young Teachers in America for 2016-2017.
The field for the 2016 TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, slated for Nov. 15-20 at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay, continues to take shape. The Invitational is the only event in golf featuring all of the major tours competing side-by-side for the same purse. Admission is free!
Tom Huckaby of San Jose earned 2016 NCGA Course Rater of the Year honors. He’s been a course rating captain for the last seven years.
Columbia resident Karl Rodefer earned 2016 NCGA Tournament Official of the Year honors. The 66-year-old has been an NCGA official since 2006.
Arnold Palmer never won a championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links. In typical ‘The King’ style, though, he still left his mark.
Englishman Paul Broadhurst, in his first visit to Pebble Beach, led the tournament after the first round, was second after 36 holes, and led for much of the final round. A rough patch on holes 11 through 14, part of Pebble’s less-heralded inland stretch, dropped the 2016 Senior Open Championship winner out of the lead, recovering with a birdie at 15 to tie with Florida’s Joe Durant. Champions Tour money leader Bernhard Langer started the day four back, but a 6-under 66 final round, culminating in a kick-in birdie putt on the 18th green, tied him with Broadhurst and Durant as the tournament wound down.
Thursday, September 15, 2016, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. CEO of the First Tee; the late Helen Lengfeld – champion of the game for girls and women; Charlie 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.