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Tournament Season S

In Full Swing

pring has sprung in Northern California, and

with it, the championships and events department of the NCGA hits the road for more than 450 tournament days in the 2013 season. As the components of this sea- son come together, we focus on the ingredients that make our product attrac- tive to the 20,000 NCGA members who will compete in one of our events. Our member clubs and

the staffs that manage them must be recognized and given a big thank-you for the outstanding venues they provide—for both qualifiers and championships. The quality of our venues and the positive atmosphere that their management teams create is key to providing a great tournament experi- ence. We appreciate and thank all of our member clubs and their staffs. We will reach out to them as we try to diversify our schedule and provide quality experiences to our players at affordable prices. Plan- ning for the 2014 schedule is beginning, and if you are a part of management of one of our member clubs, please let us know if you


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are interested in hosting one or more tournament days. We are always trying to vary the offerings to our players and we believe that variety in the choices will stimulate interest in our events. We do not want to be compla- cent and follow the beaten path. Please contact us to let us know what we can offer our players as we attempt to provide attractive, challeng- ing venues in the future. To our members, please

let us know how we are doing and what we can do to make the day you spend in one of our tournaments better. NCGA staff will conduct surveys in an effort to reach as many of you as possible. Please help us improve by responding. We love compliments and we listen to and accept constructive criticism. We know we are not perfect, but we will never stop trying to be perfect. My second request is to

our players. Please thank the tournament officials who make it possible for the NCGA to host its extensive tournament schedule. The time and energy given to the NCGA and to the game of golf by tournament offi- cials can never be calculated. They study, they train and, best of all, they perform. Without them, we would not be able to provide you with a diversified schedule. Their mission is to help

you, the player, enjoy the game and to compete fairly within the guidelines pro- vided by the Rules of Golf. We play the ball as it lies, and sometimes it ventures into some unbelievable places. In every situation the rules allow us to fairly get the ball back into a spot so that we can continue to play the game. Our tournament officials spend many hours

the Mixed Team Spring Championship and the Senior Golf Association of Northern California’s 84th Annual Champion- ship. I am sure I will attend a number of the 14 Zone Championships and the NCGA Senior Champion- ship. Bend my ear, but don’t break it—let me know how I can help you add a bit of spark to your NCGA tour- nament profile. Earlier I mentioned

the Junior Tour of Northern California, and I must acknowl- edge Tony Yick for his five years of dedicated work. He has touched the lives of many Northern California boys and girls, and his dedicated service to

preparing for the situa- tions that you have placed yourself in, and when that situation happens—and we know it will—they are ready to help. I thank them for you because I have the pen, but if you have the opportunity, a small thank you would make their day. By enforcing the Rules of Golf, they keep the compe- tition fair and avoid chaos. As Kramer so aptly said on Seinfeld, “Without rules there’s chaos.” In March and April, I attended five Junior Tour of Northern California events, the Public Links Gross and Net Championships,

a program that he helped build and develop will be missed. We wish him well and will attempt to keep the Junior Tour prospering and moving forward without him as he pursues a career in education. In summary, I have

learned to enjoy watching players compete, as well as competing as a player. There is something fulfilling about how the game of golf allows us to do that regardless of age, gender or skill lever. Let the NCGA help you to demonstrate or rekindle your competitive skills by participating in one or more of our events in 2013.

For complete results, scorecards and photo galleries, visit the tournament central page of 70 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2013

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