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Brian Morse NCGA President


Hometown: Merced


College: Gonzaga (1971), JD – University of West Los Angeles (1977)


Occupation: Attorney – Civil Litigator


Family: wife Beverly, son Matthew, daughter Rachelle


Golf Game: Inconsistent. I’m a long hitter, I’ve got good touch, I putt reasonably well, but I get in trouble off the tee. I feel like if I could quit my day job, I could get down to scratch. (5.9 index) My best score is a 69 at Merced.


Significance of being NCGA President: It means that I have a year of great responsibility. I want to use this year wisely to keep the NCGA’s reputation what it is, and to try and keep it current and move it forward as society changes. We need to keep the NCGA relevant.


(above) Morse at the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (right) NCGA President Brian Morse and wife Beverly


Area of Focus: Getting Poppy Hills and the renovation launched in the appropriate way is very high. By the time this piece runs, we will have hired a general manager for Poppy Holding. It’s really important to get the right people here. Best Part about Volunteering: The people that you work with. The other volunteers. They are just the highest-


caliber people on earth. Everyone pulls in the same direction. It’s just great to be a part of. It’s just that good feeling you get when you are a part of the NCGA, and you want to share it with everyone else. Greatest Golf Moment: I’d have to say it was teeing off without choking on the very first hole of my


first AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Dream Foursome: David Feherty, Roger Maltbie and Gary McCord. I like to laugh. Role of Golf: Trying to play golf the right way makes you a better person in every way. We don’t


always succeed, but I appreciate that every time I am out. There is some lesson to be absorbed, either from observing your own successes and failings, or in observing how someone else does it better or worse. Every time I play, it reinforces what good there is in human beings while enjoying a sporting endeavor. It’s unique, from the etiquette to calling penalties on yourself; it’s a very interesting pursuit. Some people say they couldn’t play golf every day. I’m not so sure I could stay away from it. Role of Family: The freedom that they have given me to pursue this with the NCGA—they have made a big sacrifice. In a once removed way, I know my wife really appreciates what the NCGA does, and doesn’t begrudge the occasional unhappy moment.


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