Celebrating our Champions
This summer we saw some impressive victories across our top women’s competitions. Congratulations to the winners!
NCGA Women’s Amateur – Annika Borelli
Alamo resident Annika Borrelli failed to get through a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier. The poor results literally left her in tears. Among those consoling her was her dad, Dave, and her coach at the University of San Francisco, Sara Doell. “After talking with my coach, she just told me to remember to have fun out there. Not to press early,” said Borrelli, a senior on the USF women’s golf squad.
Borrelli took the piece of wisdom and ran with it, as she’d go on to post a wire-to-wire win at the annual NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship.
“Coming into this event, my mindset was to have fun. To just enjoy the moment,” Borrelli said.
Winning Ways – Celebrating our Local Champions
As we wind down this 2020 golf season, we can certainly reflect on the new landscape of golf amid this year of Coronavirus. Golf courses were closed, events were canceled, safety measures changed the way we played – but we still managed to play some tournament golf!
Let’s acknowledge some of the Tournament winners this season:
PWGA Legacy Senior and Super Senior Championship
What a great return to tournament golf we had with our first PWGA Legacy event of the 2021 season on
May 3 & 4. We filled the tournament with 196 women. This Championship has been played since 1960.
Once called the Grandmothers Tournament, we draws players up and above age 80. This year we had
11 players over 80 years young. The courses at Greenhorn Creek and Copper Valley gave us a warm
welcome and we certainly enjoyed the box lunch at Copper Valley after the second round.
Congratulations to our winners:
Senior Division: Low Gross: Jennifer Douglas – Low Net: Anne Bianchi
Super Senior Division: Low Gross: Kay Robinson – Low Net: Heidi Russell
Senior Division, Low Gross
Cameron Champ Gets Third PGA Tour Victory
July 25, 2021
Cameron Champ fended off dehydration and crisply putted his way to a 5-under 66 on Sunday, winning the 3M Open by two strokes for his third career PGA TOUR victory.
The 26-year-old Champ, of Sacramento, had five birdies in a bogey-free round to finish at 15-under 269 at TPC Twin Cities. Louis Oosthuizen, Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel tied for second.
Oosthuizen shot 66, too, in a much stronger finish than the previous weekend at the Open Championship, where his 54-hole lead turned into a tie for third after a fourth-round 71.
Playing six pairs ahead of Champ, Oosthuizen birdied three of the last four holes to give himself an outside chance. His approach to the 18th green almost yielded an eagle on the PGA TOUR’s hardest par-5 hole, but the ball lipped out. He made a 2 1/2 foot putt for birdie instead. Schwartzel, his fellow South African, posted a 68 to match Vegas in the final round.
NCGA Hall of Famer Wally Goodwin Dies Aged 94
July 21, 2021
Wally Goodwin, who left his mark in golf coaching at numerous institutions including Stanford University and was inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame in 2014, died July 20 at the age of 94.
Goodwin, who coached at Stanford from 1987-2000, led the Cardinal to the 1994 NCAA title, its first since 1953, while finishing second in 1995. He was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994 and Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice and guided Stanford to a pair of conference championships while producing seven All-Americans.
Among his recruits that helped revive a struggling Stanford program were Tiger Woods, Notah Begay III, Casey Martin, Joel Kribel and current Cardinal head coach and NCGA Hall of Famer Conrad Ray.
“Stanford Golf and the world of college athletics lost an icon,” Ray said. “Coach Goodwin had a profound impact on so many young student-athletes over the years, including myself. He was not only a legendary coach, but also a man of character, hard work, and total positivity which carried over to everything he was involved in.”
Spirit of the Game: Morikawa’s Historic Win at The Open Championship
July 19, 2021
By Ben Everill, PGA Tour
Tiger’s killer irons and instinct. Phil’s courage, smile and warmth.
Fellow Californian Collin Morikawa invoked thoughts of the two most successful Golden State-bred golfers who came before him as he became the first player to win two different majors in his debut at The 149th Open.
One is reluctant to tie the 24-year-old’s achievements to these legends, such is their enormity, but it is impossible not to watch the now five-time PGA TOUR winner and be amazed. False dawns for new prodigies have come and gone but in Morikawa we seem blessed with a stayer.
Faces of the NCGA: Jim Valenti–Age Shooter
July 8, 2021
Do you dream of shooting your age someday? Data suggests that the odds are less than 9 in 1,000,000. For comparison, the odds of making a hole-in-one are 9 in 112,500.
Over at The Villages Golf and Country Club, a retirement community for those ages 55-plus, Men’s Club member Jim Valenti, age 84, does it regularly. The Villages officials discovered his accomplishments several years ago and have been tracking his scores since. At age 84, the frequency is increasing. (62% of the time in 2021).
Recently, on July 2 Jim posted an 80, marking this as the 200th time he has posted a score at or below his age.
Spirit of the Game: Jon Rahm’s Spanish Breakthrough
July 5, 2021
Torrey Pines delivered again. Seventy-second hole. Birdie putt. A delirious crowd going wild for one of the pre-championship favorites.
Thirteen years ago, it was Tiger Woods who delivered the “Expect anything different” putt heard around the world.
On a cool, overcast Sunday in 2021, it was Jon Rahm hammering home the most memorable 24-foot birdie putt of his young career, one that gave the fiery Spaniard a one-stroke victory over Louis Oosthuizen in the 121st U.S. Open Championship.
People Who Play the Game—NCGA CEO Joe Huston Interview With Frank LaRosa
July 2, 2021
Recently, NCGA CEO Joe Huston sat down with Northern California golf media icon Frank LaRosa to talk about the state of the game. Among the topics covered were the NCGA’s new Mission Statement, which focuses on diversity and inclusiveness. Huston also talked about how the NCGA is helping its members to enjoy the game more. The interview appeared on LaRosa’s ‘Golf to Go” show on KHTK 1140 Sports Radio.
Rule of the Month: Dropping
July 1, 2021
When taking relief, whether with penalty or without, you must drop a ball. The ball must be dropped straight down from knee height, must be dropped by you (or your partner), must first strike the ground within your relief area, and must remain within that relief area. Your caddie is not allowed to drop your ball.
The relief area is always measured from a reference point. The reference point for an unplayable ball is simply the spot where the ball lies. For a ball in a penalty area, it is the spot where the ball crossed the edge of the penalty area. When taking relief from things like temporary water, ground under repair, cart paths, and sprinkler heads (abnormal course conditions), the reference point is called the nearest point of complete relief. This is the spot on the course nearest to where your ball lies, but not nearer the hole, where you could play your next stroke with no interference from the condition you’re taking relief from. Click here for more information on the nearest point of complete relief.
The size of the relief area is measured from the reference point and is determined by the type of relief you are taking (one club-length for things like cart paths and ground under repair, or two club-lengths for lateral relief for an unplayable ball or a ball in a red penalty area). If the ball doesn’t stay in the relief area after dropping it, simply drop it again. If it again doesn’t stay in the relief area, place a ball on the spot where it struck the ground on the second drop.
When taking relief, a club-length is always the length of the longest club in your bag (excluding your putter). For most players, this will be their driver. You may leave the headcover on when measuring, but the extra length doesn’t count – the club-length is still simply the length of the driver itself.
Volunteering for the U.S. Women’s Open—A Top 10 Experience!
By Audrey Cormier
I had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer marshal for the 2021 U.S.Women’s Open Championship held June 3-6 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. It was a “top 10” experience for sure!
The spirit of teamwork, camaraderie and commitment to provide an excellent experience for the players and fans was evident from the start. Since I live in the East Bay and would have to cross a bridge to get to San Francisco, I decided to do back-to-back 4- hour shifts to be sure I fulfilled the time allotment required of the volunteers.
I arrived early each day – around 7 a.m.- in order to receive my instructions and be in place when the players arrived at my assigned hole. As I walked from the grassy parking area to the volunteer tent, I could sense the excitement of the day, viewing other volunteers and workers also busily preparing for their shifts.