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From the Editor by Scott Seward Y Golf–The Best Thing $5 Can Buy


outh on Course is saving golf through kids. We are proud to feature the NCGA Foundation’s game-


changing program on our cover, and prouder still to support an initiative that make an industry-altering impact. Before Youth on Course’s inception, golf programs for youth might have consisted of bringing some economi- cally disadvantaged kids to a driving range, giving them a club and a two- minute lesson and then letting them have at it. It created some nice photo


opportunities. It did not create golf- ers. Youth on Course picks up where beginning lessons leave off and creates tremendous incentive for kids to play in the form of a $5 green fee. It also provides scholarships and internships. There’s much more to the pro-


gram, detailed in the cover story on page 22. The feature was written by one of golf ’s greatest observers, San Francisco native Jaime Diaz, who is the editor-in-chief of Golf World. Previously he wrote for Sports Illus- trated and The New York Times. For many years, Diaz was perhaps best known as one of the few journalists Tiger Woods would talk to, and his yearly column on the state of Woods’ game was mandatory reading. Game development is the theme


of the features in this issue, as we offer the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick’s insights on how his son got hooked on golf. Any parent can glean something from this article, and perhaps offer his or her own insight on the NCGA Facebook page. Alan Shipnuck takes a look at what is in the air in South Korea that has propelled that country’s women to the forefront of the LPGA Tour. It’s a Malcolm Gladwell-type subject that Shipnuck deftly explores. This issue’s interview is with


ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, a native of Aptos. The former Ravens and 49ers


6 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2015 Banff Springs’ 15th Hole


quarterback, like seemingly all quar- terbacks, is an excellent golfer and speaks passionately about the game. We are proud to have Dilfer as an NCGA member. A travel feature on Banff and


Jasper, Canada, one of the most beautiful spots on earth, rounds out this issue. Pictured below is the 15th hole at Banff Springs, the former first hole on the Stanley Thompson routing. When it was the first hole, it made a strong case as the grandest opening tee shot in the game. We also review a busy few months


for Northern California courses and Junior Tour of Northern Califor- nia alumni. We salute the Stanford women’s golf team, Maverick McNealy and Bryson DeChambeau for their incredible national champi- onships and honors. We also have a few words about


golf carts. The Golf Course Super- intendents Association of America provides a quarterly article to NCGA Golf, and in this issue details the periodic necessity of cart path only. On the Monterey Peninsula, both NCGA tournament courses, Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill, employ this


policy. Why? Because the firm and fast playing characteristics will get destroyed by cart use. Poppy Hills is not alone. Other courses that have made this decision do not do it lightly. No one enjoys keeping a cart on the path. But I encourage you to respect this


decision. Courses will offer “access flags,” but this request should be made only if injury or handicap precludes you from walking. It’s easy to abuse an access flag policy,


and golf courses are not in a position to turn down a request—your business is important. But for the majority of us, walking and taking a pull cart, or perhaps a Youth on Course caddie—an expanding and evolving program—is a fun way to enjoy the game. At the very least, keep the carts on the paths when a course’s policy dictates it. Consider a donation to Youth on Course by visiting YouthonCourse.org/ Donate. Your generous support funds $5 rounds. And what better way to spend $5 then getting a kid on a golf course?


SCOTT SEWARD


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