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.
The Junior Tour of Northern California has a hot streak at the First Tee Open. Three of the last five winners of the Pro-Junior portion of the First Tee Open have been JTNC members.
Winners from four of this year’s five Champions Tour major championships, including Bernhard Langer, are heading to Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills for this year’s First Tee Open.
Stanford star and world ranked No.1 amateur Maverick McNealy will be among those representing the USA in the 2016 World Amateur Team Championship.
Legend Al Geiberger and longtime San Francisco Golf Club head pro Rick Rhoads were honored by the NCPGA at the annual ‘The Langley’. Fresh on Geiberger’s mind was Jim Furyk’s recent 58.
Redwood Shores resident Lucy Li captured the Girls’ title at the PGA Junior Championship.