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Stonebrae Classic Offers Youth on Course Members a Chance of a Lifetime


G


etting a chance to play in a PGA TOUR sanctioned event? You can bet that it’s on


every junior golfer’s wish list. Thanks to the Web.com Tour’s Stonebrae Classic, for one junior it’s also guar- anteed to happen. On Tuesday June 28, the Stone-


brae Classic will host an 18-hole Junior Qualifier at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, with the winner receiv- ing a full exemption into this year’s championship, slated for July 28-31. The qualifier, which will also see the runner-up earning a spot into Wednesday’s Pro-Am, will be com- prised of juniors who are members of both Youth on Course and the Junior Tour of Northern California. Among those who can’t wait for


the opportunity is 17-year-old San Ramon resident Ashkaan Hakim. “It’s a remarkable thought that I


have the chance to compete along- side the best golfers in the world,” Hakim said. While new for 2016, the quali-


fier isn’t the first time the Stonebrae Classic has embraced junior golf. Last year’s championship featured a Youth 9-Hole Pro-Am and a free clinic for juniors as part of tourna- ment week. Among those competing in the Pro-Am were several Youth on Course members. “Last year’s Pro-Am and the


clinic were well received by countless kids from all over the Bay Area. The goal this year was to expand on that initiative in an attempt to connect Northern California’s talented junior golfers with Web.com Tour professionals,” Stonebrae Classic tournament director Trish Gregovich said. “Committing a spot in the field to a local junior golfer illustrates the tremendous outreach and support the Web.com Tour and TPC Stonebrae have put forth in this region on an annual basis.” A playing spot in the champion- ship has become a coveted item. For the 2015 Stonebrae Classic, tour- nament officials received over 125 requests for a sponsor’s exemption.


Among the


professionals waiting to wel- come a junior into the field is 2014


Stonebrae Classic champion and former Web.com Tour member Tony Finau. Finau won’t only be on site for the qualifier, but will award the champion a trophy at its conclusion. “I love to see young golfers


receiving an opportunity to partici- pate in a PGA TOUR sanctioned golf tournament that supports the local community,” said Finau, who picked up his first PGA Tour win at the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach in March. “I’m proud to be a part of the day.” While only one junior will get in


the field, all of them benefit in the end. Proceeds from the qualifier will go to Youth on Course. “We thought this would be a fun and cool opportunity for the kids,” Gregovich said. “It’s all about them.” –J.S.


Youth on Course member Brandon Patterson tees off on the iconic 10th hole at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward.


00 68 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2016


PHOTO: TAYLOR SHENTON


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