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plished people. Visiting with Charles Schwab in his San Francisco office was a highlight. I remember Leon Panetta’s dog jumping in my lap and Donald Trump saying he needed a sentence to describe himself because one word just wouldn’t suffice and Annika Soren- stam being so polite and Trump, Panetta and Jim Nantz following up with thank you notes. Peter Ueberroth asked for my bio before the interview to get to know me and when I asked him what accomplishment he was most proud of he said he hadn’t done it yet: an impressive and telling an- swer from such an accom- plished man. The best part was watch- ing and listening to some of the most powerful people in the country morph into the “average Joe” golfer when discussing his or her love for

the game. Regardless of occupation, golf was an equalizer and everyone was trying to shave strokes off of their score. •••

Of all the events you covered, what stands out as the most memorable? Covering the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was unbeliev- able. I took photos in the morning and volunteered for the USGA in the afternoon in the flash area (area behind the 18th green where players were inter- viewed). To have inside- the-ropes access to such a prestigious event was more exhilarating than I expected and definitely did not feel like work. •••

What is your favorite golf travel destination that members might not know about? Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is a fabulous spot. The resort is wonderful,

the town is quaint and the golf highlighted by a true island/floating green is a lot of fun. Nearby courses Black Rock and Circling Raven are also top notch. •••

was relevant to our diverse membership. We relied on member feedback from surveys and a steadfast dedication to overhaul the magazine and make it readable for all. •••

What was your favorite aspect of your job? Putting together the magazine was my favorite part. I was able to work with our talented graphic designer Laurie Lee and some of the best golf writers in the country. I always appreciated feedback from NCGA members; it wasn’t always positive but I liked that people read the magazine and really cared about the content. The feedback and critical eyes of our readers kept me on my toes. •••

Favorite picture you have taken? I was working late one night and stepped out on the Poppy Hills balcony just as the sun was setting. I was able to capture the mo- ment and the color looking back down the 18th fairway (pictured left). •••

Biggest challenge? More than 140,000 members represent varied interests and needs; the challenge was to produce a magazine and website content that

How do you view the NCGA? The Association provides unmatched value for golfers; it is a no brainer to join. The benefits far exceed the $36 NCGA fee. The Poppy courses continue to thrive and improve under CEO Lyn Nelson’s leadership and Youth on Course helps grow the game by opening doors for kids who otherwise wouldn’t play. •••

Lessons learned? The im- portance of relationships; the golf industry is a small-knit community with so many good people working because they love the game. I will always be thankful to former CEO Paul Porter for giving me a chance as the editor of this magazine before I even knew I was ready. ••• Talk about what you will be doing in the future. I have a marketing job with Pac-12 Enterprises, a new content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference. The Pac-12 television networks (six regional and one national) launch in mid-August with plans to televise more than 850 live sporting events in year one.

Most importantly, my husband and I will be raising our 7-month-old daughter.

SUMMER 2012 / NCGA.ORG / 45

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