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WOMENREIGN California


also won the Open at rugged Oakmont Country Club in 2010. These trophies trace to the nature of


Women’s Amateur Championship founder Helen Lengfeld.


golf in the region, in some ways. “There were never amazing or expan-


sive practice facilities, because of the value of land, so it was really about getting out on the course, playing the game and scoring,” said Cockerill, who grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains. “We weren’t as caught up in the swing mechanics—it was more about learning from your ball flight and learning how to score. “And those courses were pretty darn


good, too, especially for those of us who grew up near the coast.” Cockerill marveled at the variety


of styles and terrains scattered around the area. She recalled one summer of junior golf in which she played a tree- lined course in 95-degree weather in Santa Rosa. A few days later, she played in


55-degree weather in Bodega Bay, with 25-mph winds. She had no choice but to adapt if she wanted to compete. “You had to learn how to score on


different grasses and terrains,” Cockerill said. “Maybe that prepared us for the variety of courses nationwide.”


San Jose’s Kay


Cockerill captured back-to-back U.S. Women’s


Amateur titles in 1986 and 1987.


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Marion Hollins became a pioneer in golf course development. That largely


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iden the lens and our trip through Northern California history dates to the 1920s and ’30s, when


PHOTOS: USGA


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