Golf and football mixed as NCGA members enjoyed Golf Day on the Farm Saturday at Stanford. Along with getting to watch Stanford take on Arizona, members got to meet the defending national champion Stanford Women’s Golf Team.
With her win on Thursday, Karen Garcia made it three USGA titles for NorCal in 2015. Starting this weekend, the U.S. Mid-Am and U.S. Women’s Mid-Am get underway. Will someone bring even more USGA hardware back to Northern California?
Auburn Valley GC member Karen Garcia of Cool won the 17th and 18th holes to capture the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Garcia is the first NorCal U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur winner since Loma Smith in 1965.
Nick Moore, Jim Knoll and Herb Jensen are the 2014-2015 NCGA Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year and Super Senior Player of the Year, respectively.
The NCGA points program now features a Women’s Amateur Tour and Senior Women’s Amateur Tour. The new Tours will officially begin play beginning Oct. 1, 2015.
This summer, Clovis resident Bryson DeChambeau and The Olympic Club member Hannah O’ Sullivan brought the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur trophies, respectively, back to Northern California. Karen Garcia of Cool is two wins away from capturing the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
Even though Poppy Hills was a brute (it played to a stroke average of 1.475 shots over par to Pebble Beach’s 0.298), the Champions Tour pros still appreciated it.
The annual AT&T Pro-Am has dropped “national” from its name and is now the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Along with a name change, the tournament also has a new logo. The 2016 tournament could also see an influx of new celebrity names.
Rocklin’s Lynne Cowan and Karen Garcia of Cool advanced to Tuesday’s Round of 32.
Lynne Cowan of Rocklin will lead three NorCal players into match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on Monday. Montreaux CC member David Nelson was the low NCGA match play qualifier at the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Junior Tour of Northern California member Jack Avrit of The First Tee of Central Coast won the Pro-Junior with partner Mark O’Meara. Tom Watson turned back the clock and nearly picked up another win at Pebble Beach.
2011 U.S. Senior Open champ Olin Browne tied the Poppy Hills course record Saturday at The First Tee Open, carding a 6-under 65. St. Mary’s senior Jonathan De Los Reyes shot 65 at the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship.