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HALL FAME


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION OF


NCGA Hall of Fame Inducts Second Class


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or its second annual Hall of Fame induction


ceremony, held the week of the AT&T National Pro-Am at Spanish Bay, the NCGA honored one of the most iconic golf proper- ties and companies in the world—Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Pebble Beach Company. One of the magical


attributes of Pebble Beach Golf Links is its public accessibility, a rarity among the great golf courses from any era. The course’s lineage includes fi ve classic U.S. Opens and a sixth in 2019 when the course celebrates its centennial. Pebble Beach has also hosted four U.S.


Amateurs, a PGA Champi- onship, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since 1947 and the Champi- ons Tour Nature Valley First Tee Open among countless other events. As a partner with the Monterey Penin- sula Foundation and AT&T, the company has helped raise nearly $100 million for the Foundation and local charitable organizations. Pebble Beach was also the host site for the Cali- fornia State Amateur and Women’s Amateur for many years, providing an unpar- alleled platform for the development of the amateur game and a venue that made the tournaments the fi nest


regional amateur champion- ships in the world. Prior to 1919, another Pebble Beach company course, classic Del Monte GC which dates to 1897, served as the original host of the State Amateur. The NCGA and Pebble


Beach Company partnered in creating Spyglass Hill, which opened in 1966 and immediately added to the luster of the resort. The course also was the location of the fi rst NCGA offi ces in the Del Monte Forest prior to the 1986 opening of Poppy Hills. The Links at Spanish Bay, co-designed by NCGA Hall of Famer


Sandy Tatum, Poppy Hills designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Watson debuted in 1987, round- ing out the resort’s courses. The company also oversees the resorts’ world-class hotels: The Lodge, the Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero, and welcomes millions of visitors each year through the gates of 17-Mile Drive, one of the top tourist attractions in the country. The NCGA hon-


ored the leadership of the company at the February ceremony, represented by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer, Dick Ferris and Peter Ueberroth. These four headed a group of investors who purchased the property in 1999 after several years of foreign ownership. Clint Eastwood, a Hol-


Left to right: Dick Ferris, Clint Eastwood, Peter Ueberroth


Above: Arnold Palmer


lywood legend as an actor, a producer and a director, has long supported golf as chairman of the board of directors of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The native San Franciscan and former mayor of Carmel’s career in the entertainment business has resulted in more than 65 feature fi lms, making him one of the most prolifi c fi lmmakers of his era. “The great thing about Pebble Beach is that when you come back here, it’s always the same,” Eastwood said. “There’s a strong effort to do that. Pebble Beach is a passion because it’s home for me.” Arnold Palmer is one


of the greatest players in the game’s history. The seven-time major champion was inducted as a charter member into the World Golf Hall of Fame and was the fi rst in the modern era to be both a tournament golfer and course architect,


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