The field for the upcoming Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach continues to take shape. The championship will mark Poppy Hills’ return as a venue under the PGA Tour umbrella.
Saddle Creek Resort in Copperopolis has reduced irrigation 40% to help with water conservation in the Golden State. Among the changes have been less watering of the rough areas.
A trio of former Ryder Cup captains–Davis Love III, Tom Lehman and Ben Crenshaw–will be at Poppy Hills for the upcoming First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Quail Lodge Golf Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has a new chapter. It recently hired Wendy Stuart as its first female Director of Golf.
Kirk Triplett enjoyed his first round at the new Poppy Hills, a welcomed change from the older version that hosted the AT&T.
Rory McIlroy now says that he will play in the 2015 Frys.com Open, not this year’s. McIlroy could also be at TPC Harding Park in 2015 for the Match Play Championship.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links may not be so missed after all. Nearly 5,000 players have signed up for the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, to be held at Olympic Club. Poppy Hills is one of the qualifying sites.
Sabrina Iqbal and Joshua McCarthy won Player of the Year honors for the 2013-2014 Junior Tour of Northern California season. Iqbal is just starting high school this fall.
World Golf Hall of Famers Patty Sheehan and Nancy Lopez stopped by Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach as honorees of the NCPGA’s ‘The Langley-A Tribute to Legends’. The two have special memories of the area.
Tony Finau is headed to the PGA Tour. The big-hitting Web.com Tour rookie’s win at the Stonebrae Classic bumped him to No.8 on the money list with three events left in the season.
Billy Casper Golf will again hold its ‘World’s Largest Golf Outing’ on August 11 to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo and Lincoln Hills GC are both participating.
The NCGA recently lost former President Richard ‘Dick’ Skavdahl. Skavdahl once described his NCGA service as “a labor of love.”