--Emilee Hoffman, 15 year old sophmore from Folsom's Vista del Lago high school, recently won back-to-back tournaments; the Sacramento City Jr. Girls' Championship and a prestigious American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Star tournament. The AJGA is a national organization known for having strong fields and Hoffman won her very first tournament entered.
Meanwhile, Brandon Baumgarten, former Granite Bay High School golfer was medalist last month at the qualifying tournament in Santa Rosa for the U.S. Amateur. Appearing in this week's Amateur, Baumgarten shot an opening round 74 at Charles River Country Club during. He followed that with a score of 76 at The Country Club in Brookline, MA.
The U.S. Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play.
Michael Weaver of nearby Fresno, the 2012 runner-up, was eliminated in match play by Greg Eason of Egland, 3 and 2.
Other Sacramento/Northern California golfers at the Amateur include; Jason Anthony, Fairfield, and Bryson Dechambeau, Clovis. In all, 15 players from Northern California areas ranging from Monterey to San Francisco, appeared in the event. Congrats to all of them.
--Jim Langley served as Head Golf Professional at Cypress Point for so many years he became both beloved and famously connected to the revered course. So connected to the course was he that the members bestowed him with an honorary membership to their club. There has been only one other such honoree at Cypress, Dwight Eisenhower. Langley's impact was so great that in recent years the Northern California Professional Golfers Association (NCPGA) created a fundraising tournament in his name. The tournament has become a premier fundraising golf and social event. Langley, who had been ill for some time, died just weeks before this year's event causing tournament organizers to scramble to honor the Langley legacy with proper perspective. This year's honorees at the event were the legendary Billy Casper, and Duke Butler III, longtime PGA Tour executive and current President of the Frys.com Open. And always in people's hearts, Jim Langley.
--Last week's announcement that the USGA had awarded future U.S. Open television rights to Fox seemed peculiar due to the timing of the announcement which occurred during the PGA Championship. Just saying. . .
Same goes for a recent comment from a marketing department employee from a casino located on Highway 50, to a advertising salesperson (as reported to the author), who stated that according to an internally conducted survey, patrons of that casino did not particularly play or care about golf. Yet, other area casinos affiliate with or own golf courses. Peculiar. Just saying. . .
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