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Former NCGA President Passes DR. JOHN RHODENBAUGH passed

away at age 85 this spring. The 1982 NCGA president was a Castlewood CC member. He presided over the Association as it developed the most ambitious project in its history—Poppy Hills GC in Pebble Beach. He was recognized with the


California Golf Writer’s Golden State Award and the NCGA’s Distin- guished Service Award among other accomplishments. He was born in Akron, Ohio and

during World War II served in the U.S. Navy on a PT boat. After the war Rhodenbaugh attended medi- cal school at Ohio State and started his career in family medicine. He completed a residency in radiology at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI) and relocated to California to join the medical staff at Samuel Merritt Hospital. In 1962 he was named chief radiologist at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California. Rhodenbaugh was also a found-

ing member of the JGANC and a passionate advocate for junior golf. “John’s life was about amateur golf and the junior golf program,” said former NCGA President Gordon Scott, who became a board member during Rhodenbaugh’s presidency. He loved the zone events and the opportunities the NCGA and its two golf courses—Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge—provided to a diverse group of golfers in the region. The Pacific Grove resident was

friendly, thoughtful and respectful of others. Rhodenbaugh is survived by his wife Rosemary and sons Jeff and Ralph.

Foundation Featured on NBC During U.S. Open NBC selected the award-winning

NCGA FOUNDATION as the focus of a television spot that ran during

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NCGA Foundation Executive Director Adam Heieck with NBC

the third round of the U.S. Open, June 19. In looking to spotlight one worthy USGA-supported charity, NBC produc- tion staff visited Poppy

Hills and the NCGA offices in late May to film a clinic given by Pebble Beach Golf Academy Director Laird Small, Poppy Hills Head Professional Justin Williams and assistant profes- sional Jesse Plaza. Twelve kids from Friendship Baptist Church in Seaside attended the clinic. Before the clinic, Emmy award-

winning NBC producer Holly McClure interviewed Foundation Executive Director Adam Heieck and NCGA CEO Lyn Nelson for the piece. At the end of the day, the kids were filmed with the U.S. Open tro- phy. The piece was introduced by Dan Hicks during the third-round telecast.

New Member Benefit— Hot Stix Golf HOT STIX GOLF, with locations in

downtown Carmel and at the Stan- ford driving range, is offering NCGA members free putter fitting and

adjustment as a new member benefit. The high-tech 10-minute process evaluates the golfer’s stroke from multiple angles and then adjusts the putter to produce optimum roll and release. Hot Stix fitting in-

cludes testing for more than 100,000 shaft and club head configura- tions and various club head speeds to develop the most extensive fitting software. The process is brand agnos- tic, meaning customers are fit with any brand’s state-of-the-art shaft or head. Other services

are available includ- ing driver fitting and

whole-game fitting (testing every club in the bag). Show your NCGA mem- ber card to receive the new benefit, and you’ll be on your way to better putting.

Porter’s Hours Have Increased PORTER’S RESTAURANT at Poppy

Ridge is now more accessible than ever. Hours have been increased to accommo- date associate club outings and special events.

The full-service restaurant and bar now guarantees post-round service on weekends until 4:30 and later. Contact Nick Abbott to schedule a tournament or with questions, 925/456-8233.

Online Handicap Certification HANDICAP CERTIFICATION is now

available online. Created as an alter- native for clubs to fulfill education responsibilities, the online seminar takes club officers through the entire

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