NCAA Division I men’s golf returns to Poppy Hills Golf Course with the St. Mary’s Invitational, which begins Monday and runs through Wednesday. Now in its 10th year, the 54-hole Invitational originally was held at Poppy Hills.
NorCal natives Bryson DeChambeau and Maverick McNealy won the Morse Cup together playing for the NCGA at the Pacific Coast Amateur. Then they met at the U.S. Amateur, where DeChambeau got the win. This weekend, they’ll team up again for the U.S. at the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
Public golf has always been a mainstay in San Francisco, providing city dwellers the chance to walk the same historic courses that have produced some of the game’s greatest champions.
Davis Love III, who recently became the third oldest player to win on the PGA Tour when he captured the Wyndham Championship, headlines a star-studded field for the upcoming Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills. Admission to the tournament is free.
Former two-time NCGA Player of the Year Ben Geyer hasn’t had nearly the 2015 season he wanted to. But he’s showing signs that the tide is turning. This past weekend he finished T-2 on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.
John Sirman, an influential and important NCGA board member in the 1990s, passed away August 21 at age 72.
With his win at the U.S. Amateur, Bryson DeChambeau joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore as the only players to win the title and NCAA Championship in the same year. The last NorCal player to win the U.S. Amateur was Ricky Barnes in 2002.
Bucket lists, budget golf and everything in between-Northern California courses have it all.
Let the 19th-hole debate begin. Northern California’s rich golf tradition doesn’t easily translate into a tidy, top-10 list of the region’s greatest players. A parade of golfers emerged from our little corner of the world to scrawl their names into the game’s competitive lore.
Former Bay Area resident and Junior Tour of Northern California member Hannah O’Sullivan continues to impress in 2015. O’Sullivan, who earlier this year became the youngest winner on the Symetra Tour, captured the title at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur on Sunday.