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From the Editor My mornings during


championship week were spent with a camera in hand while afternoons proved both exciting and challenging behind the 18th green helping facilitate player interviews for the USGA. Seeing the players up close and watching them handle media inquiries shed light on how stressful and vitally important the U.S. Open can be. This issue of NCGA Golf depicts


golf at its finest with larger-than life names and world-renown destinations. We share our insider knowledge from Pebble’s Open; Golf Digest’s Jaime Diaz helps us toast SANDY TATUM on his 90th birthday and BANDON DUNES’ fourth course, Old Macdonald, could be the best course opening in years. On the eve of its 25th anniversary,


POPPY HILLS still shines as it did when it debuted as the first course owned


With nearly 40,000 daily spectators and millions


more tuning in for the U.S. OPEN telecast last month, the sporting world was fixated on Pebble Beach. My under-the-ropes armband allowed close enough access to the players to hear caddie conversations, the occasional under-the-breath muttering and snide comments from fans. I have to admit the first day I was solely focused on not being noticed, not clicking in anyone’s backswing and not having my camera aggressively taken from me by Steve Williams. As the championship progressed I cherished the vantage point and appreciated the extreme conditions that forced the world’s best to be happy with par. After learning how to stay out of Ernie, Phil and Tiger’s way, I, along with the gaggle of photographers, jockeyed for position for action shots. The glorious background of Stillwater Cover and Carmel Bay helped drown out spectator complaints, most of whom didn’t appreciate photographers blocking their view.


and operated by a regional golf association. Member value has never been so high at both Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge. We also introduce two new departments in this summer edition. “A Weekend in” will highlight destinations within driving distance of NCGA members and uncover can’t miss activities. With a nod to our historic past we unveil, “From the Archives,” a section that reveals black and white photos from our collection, past covers of NCGA Golf and interesting stats from over the years. Here’s hoping you enjoy the stroll down memory lane.


Hilary Heieck


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