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taking lessons until she was 14 from De Laveaga’s Rick Walker in Santa Cruz. But by the time she was 22, Cockerill had walked-on at UCLA, won six individual collegiate titles, been selected to a pair of All-American and Academic All-American teams and won back-to-back US. Women’s Amateur Championships. Cockerill won her first U.S. Amateur


at Pasatiempo in 1986, running away to a 9-and-7 victory in the champion- ship match. As if that showing wasn’t convincing enough, Cockerill defended her title at the 1987 U.S. Amateur. “My only goal was to make match


is known as the game’s leading televi- sion analyst. Miller joined NBC Sports in 1990, and watching a U.S. Open or Ryder Cup without his tremendous insight and refreshing candor just wouldn’t feel the same. “I’ve tried to be a lot softer the last


three years,” admitted Miller, before conceding, “but for a while there, I guess I was looking for a fight. “I do say stuff that I had no idea I


was going to say. I don’t play it safe.” Miller is still influencing Northern


California golf as a course designer. He has worked on more than 30 courses, including his acclaimed renovation of Silverado in Napa. “The bond you get from playing golf


Roger Maltbie>Maltbie had a stellar golf career growing up in North- ern California before breaking out on the PGA Tour, winning back-to-back tournaments in 1975 to claim Rookie of the Year honors. Maltbie went on to win five times on the PGA Tour, in- cluding the inaugural Memorial, where he memorably survived a four-hole playoff. Maltbie won twice on Tour in 1985 to finish eighth on the money list, and nearly captured that elusive major in 1987, tying for fourth at the Masters. Maltbie finished with 56 career top 10s on the PGA Tour. “It’s wonderful we get recognized


on a night like this, but it gives us a public forum to thank everyone who helped us,” Maltbie said. Maltbie was born in Modesto and


grew up in San Jose, where he learned the game at San Jose Country Club


with anyone is pretty special,” Miller said. • • •


from pro Eddie Duino. Maltbie went to James Lick High School, where he was teammates with fellow PGA Tour pro Forrest Fezler, and played his collegiate golf at San Jose City College and San Jose State. “Johnny learned by beating all these


guys,” Maltbie said. “I learned by get- ting beaten. Forrest Fezler—I couldn’t beat the guy. He was two years older than me, and his scoring average at James Lick High School was 68.6. But it made me work hard.” Maltbie soon began winning,


claiming the San Jose Country Club championships at ages 18 and 19 before going after bigger fish, winning the 1972 NCGA Amateur, the 1973 Northern California Open and the 1974 California State Open. Maltbie joined the NBC Sports


broadcasting team in 1992, and is its lead on-course reporter. • • •


Kay Cockerill>Decorated and ground breaking, Cockerill had an amateur career that can be measured against the very best women who ever came out of Northern California. The Los Gatos native didn’t start


play,” said Cockerill about the 1986 U.S. Amateur. “Winning the Women’s Am at Pasatiempo is my finest moment in golf. I couldn’t wait to get up every morning and play.” While Cockerill enrolled at UCLA


relatively unknown, she left an indelible mark, becoming the first female golfer to be inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame. A 10-year LPGA Tour veteran, Cock-


erill joined the Golf Channel’s broadcast team at its inception in 1995. She has been the voice for women’s golf ever since, working as an on-course reporter for the network’s PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour coverage. “The Web.com Tour is really live and die by the moment,” Cockerill said. “It’s like what the PGA Tour used to be like.” The Olympic Club member has


always been an outstanding leader in her community, earning the LPGA’s Budget Service Award in 1992, and the Jack Lemmon Ambassador of Golf Award in 2008. “We’re all deeply involved in this


game, we love it and we’re happy to be here,” Cockerill said.


NCGA Distinguished Service Award The NCGA’s former director of rules and competitions


Roger Val was presented the Distinguished Service Award for his 30 years of dedicated work in Northern California’s golf community. “It is so special to be included in this elite group of past


honorees,” Val said. “This is an incredible game, I’ve had an incredible career, and I am so honored.”


SPRING 2013 / NCGA.ORG / 53


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