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Monterey Peninsula and Reno. The “out-of-con- ference” schedule, with alternating stops, includes courses like Yocha Dehe, Wente Vineyards, Hid- denbrooke, Saddle Creek, San Juan Oaks and Poppy Hills, among others. The main event, a two-round club championship, also alternates locations, with this season’s championship at Bayonet and Black Horse. An array of sports are

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When coaches get together, the result is generally a fun but highly competitive atmosphere, whether they’re watching sports or watching television. And when Koaches—don’t tell these guys they spelled it wrong—get together the result is much the same.


hether their day job entails time on the

fi eld, the diamond, the court, the pool or even the golf course, the common thread of coming together to enjoy a round of golf has kept this small but stout associate club going strong for more than 16 years. “Coaches are competitive

people,” says club presi- dent Rich Botelho. “That was kind of the underlying philosophy in developing our club in the fi rst place, to have competitive tournaments that are friendly.” If you look at the

Koaches’ tournament schedule, which runs from March to October and totals 12 events a season, you see a resemblance to the profession that drives the membership. The “offseason” coincides with Botelho’s own sport of choice, basketball. Though retired, as are many of the other coaches that

comprise the club, the ath- letic calendar still infl uences the golf calendar. Tourna- ment dates are set well in advance so these men can work around their school and sports schedules more easily. Membership comes from

throughout the region, from Sacramento to Salinas, with a concentration in the Tri-Valley area. And like many sports

schedules, tournament “op- ponents,” or courses, rotate yearly, generally with at least a year between facilities.



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The “preseason,” as we’ll call it, has some of the most spirited golf of the year as members attempt to earn the Koaches’ qualifying spot in NCGA tournament play. “The early tournaments

each year bring out our competitive side,” Botelho says with a chuckle. “Our qualifying spots are highly contested.” “In-conference” oppo-

nents, or those that see the Koaches on a more regular basis, include Poppy Ridge, and courses on the

represented by the mem- bers, including football, basketball, badminton, baseball, volleyball and—of course— golf. You can fi nd these men on the side- lines of high school games, community college athletic events or even Division I sporting events. Outside the golf course, this fraternity of coaches supports each other in the trade, attending games and giving advice to those still in the coaching ranks. “We might not be able

to give advice on the course, but we trade tips and stories about coaching all the time,” Botelho says. “But on the course, that’s a different story—the rules are the rules.” Despite coming from

all walks of sport, and some- times competing against one another professionally, this thriving associate club is bonded by a unifying activity—golf. And staunchly defending their spelling skills.

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