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The club members (who include


Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer and three-time PGA Tour cham- pion Nick Watney) will tell you that one thing hasn’t changed: An atmosphere that has Sunnyside proclaiming itself as “the friendliest club in the Valley.” One of the oldest golf courses between Los Angeles and San Francisco celebrates its centennial this June with a month-long agenda of tournaments and festivities begin- ning with a women’s tournament and clinic on June 2—featuring former LPGA Tour winners Shelley Hamlin and Joan Pitcock— and culminating with a gala dinner-dance on June 25.


Steve Menchinella


In between, the celebration will


include the annual Corona Pro-Scratch tournament, the men’s club champion- ship and several other events designed to showcase the club known for its tree- lined fairways leading to small greens protected by 100 bunkers. Visitors will be greeted by the “Godfather” of Valley golf pros, 71-year-old general manager Steve Menchinella, who has been has been honored by numerous golf organizations for his accomplishments in 41 years as Sunnyside’s head pro/GM. “Steve is a pro’s pro and that is why he has been there so long,” Fresno State men’s golf coach Mike Wat- ney said. “It is very, very unusual.”


Members


will be reunited with former Menchinella assistants who learned their trade at Sun- nyside before


heading off to careers as head pros at other courses in the Valley, in California and beyond. Fresno State coach Watney is among


the legion of Fresno golfers who share a fondness for Sunnyside’s role in the local golf community. “Sunnyside forever has been an awesome supporter of Fresno State golf,” Watney said when the Bulldogs hosted their annual Lexus Classic at Sunnyside in March. “Nobody has hosted us in a more sup- portive manner.” It was at Sunnyside in 2001 that Nick Watney, then a junior at Fresno


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