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ShagBag Member Spotlight: George Still Jr. T

hree new candidates were nomi- nated to join the USGA executive committee, including NCGA mem-

ber George J. Still Jr. of San Francisco GC. The Atherton resident is a partner emeritus at Norwest Venture Partners, and has been working in venture capital for 30 years. A graduate of Penn State who earned his MBA at the at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Col- lege, Still currently serves on the board of directors of two public companies: Rackspace and Workday. Still is also a guest lecturer at Tuck. Still’s philanthropic efforts in-

clude serving several boards, such as KnowledgeBeat—a non-profi t focusing on children’s health in rural Zambia, Africa—and The First Tee of San Francisco, among many others. Still also helped create, now the title sponsor for the PGA Tour’s develop- mental tour. Still, 55, carries a 5.5 index, and is

thrilled about the possibility of joining the USGA executive committee this February.

On what draws you to golf: I love

the game. I love the history, the tradi- tion, the camaraderie, everything it stands for. It was good for me growing up, it is good for my family. I have four children and a couple of them play.

Favorite golf memory: For me, it’s

a series of memories playing with my son. He was changing schools and it was sort of a tumultuous time. We spent a lot of time on the golf course. It was his escape and my way of really bond- ing with him. I’ve never really thought of it that way, but when I think of my favorite memory, it’s with family on the course. Best round: It was 2-over par at San

Francisco GC. It was one of those days where everything seems to work and everything goes in. You can’t fi gure out why, but it just does. But if you fi gured it out—I think part of the mystique of golf is the challenge. Every day is a dif- ferent day. You look across the country, and the average handicap is about a 15. It’s exciting to go out. They don’t know if they’re going to break 80 that day, or break 90. That’s what I love about golf. Every day is a jump ball. Talk about your career path: When

I was completing my MBA, some- one introduced me to venture capital, back in 1983. I really liked the process of building something and making something. Helping management create value and jobs. It was as much a passion as a profession. I’ve been in the venture business for 30 years, and with Norwest for 25 years.

George J. Still Jr.

What would you

like to do: I’m wind- ing down at Norwest and focusing on my passions, including golf and some other philan- thropic organizations. On a philanthropic

side, I am involved in

the First Tee of San Francisco, and we are starting up an internship program for the participants. They are getting the life-value skills, but they are also getting the practical skills while earn- ing some money. I was on the board at the children’s hospital here, the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, and I am still an audit committee member.

On USGA executive committee nomination: In mid-January I go back to the USGA for an orientation, and I will learn a lot about how the organization works and where I can help. The annual meeting is in early February, and at that point, hopefully, the nomination goes through and I’ll know what I’ll be doing. On the potential to join the USGA executive committee: It’s very excit- ing. I’ve been in the world of helping organizations grow for the last 30 years. But the fact that this is the golf world is very exciting. I guess there’s always a lot going on, but it just seems like there is a lot going on in the golf world right now. I’m honored to have been asked. I’m

thrilled and excited and hopeful to have a positive impact.

LPGA Creates Tournament at Lake Merced

The LPGA is returning to Northern California. After leaving the Bay Area for three years, the LPGA will stage the newly formed Swinging Skirts Classic at Lake Merced CC from April 21-27 of this year. The LPGA last played in Northern California at Blackhawk CC from 2006 through 2010 for the Longs Drugs/ CVS Challenge. The LPGA returns this time to Lake Merced, which has hosted PGA tour events, U.S. Open qualifying tournaments and most recently, the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. In the women’s game, Babe Zaharias played in the San Francisco Women’s Open Match Play Championship at Lake Merced. “It’s always a thrill for me to return to Northern California to play in front of my friends, family and fans,” said Paula Creamer, Pleasanton native and nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour. “Lake Merced is one of the best golf courses we will play next year. I can’t wait to get there for the Swinging Skirts.” The 144-player event will have a $1.8 million purse, and the Swinging Skirts Foundation has signed on for

three years as the tournament’s title sponsor. The Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation is a non-profi t organiza- tion based out of Taiwan, with a goal of growing golf internationally. “The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic will help to continue the rapid expansion of the game throughout

Taiwan and Asia, and San Francisco will be showcased to more than 150 countries on television,” said Michael Whan, LPGA commissioner.

Paula Creamer 22 / NCGA.ORG / WINTER 2014


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