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A DAY IN THE LIFE


Those who work within and compete at the highest levels of golf share a deep affection for the game. What follows is a snapshot of the daily life of some of Northern California’s best-known golf personalities, concluding with an essay by Alan Shipnuck. The Salinas resident details the life of a sportswriter creating a Sports Illustrated feature story on deadline.


LYN NELSON


CONRAD RAY Head Coach, Stanford Men’s Golf 5:30 a.m. Early wake-up to be with our three girls (Ella, 5, Emerson, 19 months and Jillian, 3 months) 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Workouts with the team on campus; lifting and conditioning with strength coach (three mornings a week) 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Working on organizational stuff and scheduling in the office 12:00 p.m. Lunch meeting with a donor or other university contact 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Golf practice 7:00 p.m. At home for dinner with wife Jennifer and daughters


50 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2012


SEBASTIAN CRAMPTON Youth on Course member, Robert Louis Stevenson School sophomore, U.S. Open 2nd alternate 6:45 a.m. Wake up and have an organic breakfast (typically eggs, a smoothie or leftovers) 7:45 a.m. Arrive at school 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Classes all day (checking the PGA Tour app when not in class) 11:00 a.m. Lunch on campus at the cafeteria 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Practice at Spyglass; hit balls for 45 minutes, chip and putt for an hour and then play a few holes 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Homemade dinner with my mom. Homework with the Golf Channel on mute in the background


NCGA CEO/Executive Director 5:00 a.m. Alarm goes off, check calendar for the day and answer e-mails 5:30 a.m.-6:00 a.m. Juicing for breakfast (10 vegetables to two fruits) 7:00 a.m. At the office with meetings and staff interaction; six hours of meetings per day and on the road two of the five days a week; two hours of e-mail and catch up with phone calls 6:30 p.m. Leave to go home; dinner with friends or family


Early mornings and long days are the norm


BRIAN MURPHY Host of KNBR morning show “Murph and Mack” 3:57 a.m. Wake up, and the day starts with coffee brewed overnight and a yogurt at the office 4:45 a.m. Arrive at the office before the cowbell strikes at 5:00. Prep time is a constant. It’s 24/7. Just ask my wife; she’s more than a little tired of a ballgame on the TV. When she wants to watch “Top Chef,” think how annoyed she is to see a Clippers-Spurs Western Conference semifinal Game 2 on the tube. Afternoon: I definitely need a Euro-style siesta for mental and physical health. But an enormous benefit of the job is a mostly free afternoon, which allows for quality time with my two sons, aged 4 1/2 and 7 months. Bedtime: I try to sleep from 10 p.m. to 3:57 a.m., but


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