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Clubs for Troops Thanks to the generosity

of the NCGA Foundation, a gift of four boxes stuffed to the brim with golf balls and clubs recently made its way to U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The NCGA Founda-

tion’s Youth on Course program regularly receives equipment donations. Some items that could not be used by YOC were a perfect fi t for our armed forces. Dorothy Bentley, direc-

tor of administration at the NCGA, was no stranger to sending parcels halfway around the world when her son, David, served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Two years ago, following an ac- cident in Afghanistan, David was sent to the military hospital in Fort Lewis, Washington. Friends of the Bentleys were stationed at Fort Lewis and visited David in the hospital. Their kind- ness was greatly appreciated. When that friend, an Army Special Forces lieutenant col-

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ian contractors and it is our mission to talk, meet with and help Taliban fi ghters decide to lay down their arms and rejoin a peaceful Afghan society. This mission defi nitely never lacks for adventure and surprise but I believe it is an important foot- note for how we close out this long confl ict in Afghanistan. I wanted you to know that you

onel, was recently deployed to Afghanistan, Dorothy asked him if his troops would appreciate golf equipment. In an excerpt from a

recently received thank-you letter, it is apparent that this thoughtful gift made a lasting impact on those protecting our freedom: “I thought you would want to know a little bit about the folks to whom you sent this wonderful gift. We have a talented team of soldiers, airmen, sailors, NATO offi cers and civil-

have an amazing genera- tion of young Americans serving here who you can be very proud of. These young men and women risk their lives for a people who will never know they did, so that they might have a chance, no matter how remote, of a more peaceful and better life. I am humbled to serve with such good and selfl ess Americans and I wanted you to know that your gift made them smile and laugh a little more. Thank you very, very much.”


Poppy Hills Renovation Update Poppy Hills’ reno-

vation doesn’t begin until March 2013 allow- ing Northern California golfers plenty of time to enjoy the original version of the course they’ve called home for more than 25 years. A driving force behind the renovation of the NCGA mem- bers’ course is the conservation of water. The 26-year-old course already has an excellent environmental track record through its 100 percent utilization of recycled water for irrigation, but the overhaul further addresses water con- sumption by reducing irrigated areas of turf by 14.5 acres. There will also be 18 new greens and bunker complexes. So come to Pebble Beach and enjoy one of your prime membership benefi ts— discounted fees at your member’s course, Poppy Hills.

Jeff Hales Joins Poppy Ridge Staff Next time you are in Livermore to play Poppy Ridge, be sure to stop in the golf shop to say hello to new golf shop manager Jeff Hales. Hales, a Class A PGA professional, brings 17 years of experience to the position, with a primary focus on golf instruction. His most recent endeavor was opening Total Golf and Fitness, a golf instruction school that specializes in teaching golf as it relates to fi tness. “Jeff has already become an integral team member here at Poppy Ridge,” Director of Golf Chris Bitticks said. “His extensive PGA experience and positive work ethic make him a great leader and we are very lucky to

have him in our organization.” Hales has held previous positions as head golf professional at Franklin Canyon GC in Hercules and assistant professional at The Olympic Club and Half Moon Bay GL.

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