Through the Green

Good-bye from Out-Going President

by Kim Algren, 2017 President

My sincerest appreciation and gratitude are extended to my entire Board and the staff of WGANC for their time, energy, contributions and commitment this past year. We faced a very “challenging” year with our primary goal being to keep WGANC a viable, independent organization. Because we were operating with the minimum number of directors at the beginning of the year, our Board members were faced with challenges which required extra commitment and additional responsibilities. Our Directors at Large stepped up and assisted with many more of our Open Days than usual. We welcomed a much-needed and experienced additional Board member, Naina Biswell from Seascape Golf Club, in March. We worked as an effective, united group to insure that WGANC continued to operate and provide the services and benefits our members have come to appreciate. Certainly, our dedicated volunteers who participate on the Rules and/or Course Rating Committees and Open Day Assistants deserve our gratitude and a round of applause. My thanks also are extended to the many individual members of our organization who offered support, assistance and kindness throughout the year at our Regional Meetings, Emergency Regional Meetings, Area Meetings, Tournaments and Open Days.

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Rules Corner – Let’s Pick Up the Pace!

Suzanne Olson,
Certified Rules Official, WGANC & NCGA

Rule 6-7 deals with undue delay and slow play.
6-7. Undue Delay; Slow Play

Did you know that for any WGANC tournament, the Committee sets a pace of play for each hole? The same is true for any NCGA tournament. In fact, the NCGA sets 40 seconds from the time the player arrives at her ball and is clear to hit, as the time limit for a player to select her club and play her shot, be it full swing, pitch or putt.

You may say that you don’t play in organized tournaments, but whenever you play, you should be playing in a timely fashion. I don’t know anyone who enjoys slow play!! There are many tips for improving pace of play, so I encourage you to look at the following references and incorporate them into your game. I particularly like Gail Roger’s suggestion:

“Are you up for a challenge? Ask the group with whom you regularly play golf to evaluate you and then each other as to whether you are an average, slow or fast player. Do you play efficiently? What is your weak area when it comes to pace of play for the group? Then remind them that you will all be friends at the end of the ‘stamp out slow play in golf’ exercise and you hope you can each work on changing one aspect of your game during the next month.”

When you make it a friendly group exercise, it makes it less threatening, and you may find something you can do to improve your pace.

The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 6-7:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.
For subsequent offense – Disqualification.

Note 1: If the player unduly delays play between holes, he is delaying the play of the next hole and, except for bogey, par and Stableford competitions (see Rule 32), the penalty applies to that hole.

Note 2: For the purpose of preventing slow play, the Committee may, in the conditions of a competition (Rule 33-1), establish pace of play guidelines including maximum periods of time allowed to complete a stipulated round, a hole or a stroke.


Noted Women California Golfers – Juli Inkster

Lynda Donahue,
WGANC SF Area Director and Newsletter Editor

One of California’s most celebrated golfers, Juli Inkster, is currently Pasatiempo’s LPGA touring professional, and the club is proud of its long association with one of the game’s all time greats.

Juli was born in 1960 in Santa Cruz, CA, and three years later her parents moved into a home along the fourteen fairway of Pasatiempo Golf Club. Even at age 3, Juli was very determined and competitive in everything she did, especially with her brothers. It started then, she wanted to win and be first. Juli’s parents reflect that she was always pursuing things with substantial effort.

She was, of course, a tomboy and always felt equal to her brothers. She could also be a girl when it helped her position. Juli often tagged along with her father when he was coaching Little League. She liked school, especially the social part of it. She played a number of sports during her school years: track, swimming, softball, basketball and tennis.

Juli started working at Pasatiempo Golf Club before taking up the game of golf. She worked in the cart barn, picked up the driving range and worked at Hattie’s Snack Shack at the 10th tee. As she was turning 15, Juli took up golf with a real passion. She practiced hard and played with a passion for the game. She played on the Harbor High School Boy’s Golf Team, and made their traveling team where she and the team won tournaments.

In 1978, she was voted as Pasatiempo’s Most Improved Golfer, where her scores were fast approaching the seventies on a consistent basis. In her senior year Juli received a golf scholarship to San Jose State University and the rest is history. Here are some of the highlights of Juli’s collegiate, amateur, and professional career:

1980 San Jose State Golf

Highlights / Accomplishments of Juli Inkster


· Three time All-American at San Jose State University (1979, 1981, 1982)


· Captures three consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur titles (1980, 1981, 1982)
· Ranked #1 Woman Amateur by Golf Digest (1981, 1982)
· Member of U.S. Curtis Cup and World Cup


· LPGA Rookie of the Year (1984) and first victory at her fifth event
· First rookie ever to win two major championships in one season (1984)
· 31 career LPGA victories and 6 non-LPGA victories
· Seven major championships including 2 U.S. Open’s (1999 and 2002)
· Currently sixth in all-time LPGA career earnings (over 14 Million dollars as of today)
· Member of 9 Solheim Cup Teams (Captain the last two times)
· Inducted into LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 2000

Currently, Juli is Pasatiempo Golf Club’s touring professional and has kept a strong relationship with Pasatiempo over the years. You can find her playing the course with her family, friends and associates when she gets the time. Juli Inkster is one of the all time greats on the LPGA tour, and visitors to Pasatiempo Golf Club can review her many accomplishments and see memorabilia from her career in a special commemorative area near the front entrance. She has also been a terrific mother to her two daughters Hayley and Cori with her husband, Brian Inkster, who is credited with teaching her the game.

Juli lives in Los Altos, California with her family, but often visits her parents and family at the house on the fourteenth fairway of Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, California.

Juli has played on LPGA tour since 1983, during that time she has become a role model for the players, especially the younger players both on and off the course. Juli Inkster is a significant golf star over time, but you would never know it, to this day she has a humble, hard-working, sense of humor with values in everything she does.

More info: Further biographical information, lifetime results, and statistics can be obtained from the Juli Inkster Profile on
Photos of Juli From The Early Days

1976 Harbor High Golf Team
Note on the Photographs: The photos of Juli Inkster are courtesy of the LPGA.

Noted Women California Golfers – Kay Cockerill

Lynda Donahue
WGANC SF Area Director and Newsletter Editor

(Sourced from

Women’s Golf history runs deep in Northern California, so we would like to feature a few California golfers in our newsletter (eRevision).  We’ll start with Kay Cockerill.

  Kay Cockerill has been with Golf Channel since the network’s inception in 1995. She serves as an on-course reporter and analyst for the network’s LPGA Tour, Tour and PGA TOUR coverage. She also contributes to the network’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals from Augusta National Golf Club as well as the Women’s NCAA Golf Championships.

Cockerill played on the LPGA Tour for nine years before joining the network, and is a two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion (1986-87) and participant in the 1986 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships. She received her economics degree from UCLA in 1987 and is the only female golfer in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, where she won six times and was a two-time All-American.

Known for her volunteer work away from the course, Cockerill received the LPGA’s Budget Service Award in 1992 for her outstanding community service and dedication to golf. In 2008, she was honored by the California Golf Writers Association with the Jack Lemmon Ambassador of Golf Award, honoring individuals in golf who have represented the game with character and personality and whose positive image has served as an invaluable service to the game. Cockerill also is a member of the Board of The First Tee of San Francisco and a member of the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame, alongside fellow NBC Sports/Golf Channel personalities Johnny Miller and Roger Maltbie.

Cockerill resides in San Francisco with her husband Danny Dann, who works for the three-time World Series-winning San Francisco Giants.




Important Update from our President
on the Status of WGANC

WGANC President, Kim Algren

WGANC President, Kim Algren

Dear Members,

The following Joint Communication Statement was released on September 6 by WGANC, PWGA and NCGA:

“We are pleased to announce that the WGANC, PWGA, and NCGA have agreed to a two-year collaboration plan to support golfers in the Northern California community with a variety of services, including the regional administration and issuance of each member’s Handicap Index. In addition to continuing the WGANC and PWGA programs, services, and other benefits, all members will receive full NCGA membership benefits during this timeframe. The previously communicated WGANC and PWGA vote regarding potential merger/unification will not be needed until 2019 as a result of this highly collaborative process. The WGANC, PWGA, and NCGA leadership fully supports this agreement, and thanks the USGA for their assistance, as we all work together to foster a sustainable and vibrant future for golf in our region.”

– Kim Algren, President of WGANC
– Nancy Boggs, PWGA President
– Pat Quinn, NCGA President

Sheri Erskine to receive NCGA Distinguished Service Award

Jerry Stewart, NCGA Assistant Director of Communications
Lynda Donahue, WGANC Bay Area Director
Sept. 14, 2017

Sheri Erskine, WGANC member and the 2006 WGANC Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient, will be presented with the NCGA’s Distinguished Service Award on September 21, 2017 at the NCGA Hall of Fame ceremony at Poppy Hills. Sheri is one of only 5 women to receive this award in its 35 year history.

Introduced to the game by John, her husband-to-be in 1967, Sheri not only has enjoyed playing, but has served as a USGA volunteer since 1994, when she first joined the Women’s Handicap Procedure Committee. Karen Dedman, a friend from Sacramento and a past USGA Women’s Committee member, had approached Sheri after seeing her efforts at her home club, Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

In 1995, Sheri went to Rules School. On her first try at the difficult Rules test, she’d score an impressive 92. Not long afterwards, she’d work the first of what would become numerous U.S. Women’s Opens as a walking Rules official.

Eventually Sheri became a member of three USGA committees—Course Rating, Handicap and Handicap Procedure. Fortunately for the NCGA, Sheri has also left her touch on the Northern California golf circle.
Sheri was among those responsible for re-rating NorCal courses upon the institution of Slope Rating. She later also became co-chairman of the WGANC’s handicap committee and still serves as the WGANC’s Course Rating chairman.

Off the course, Sheri is a regular speaker and instructor for the WGANC and the USGA, sharing her years of knowledge through presentations at local, regional and national course-rating seminars.

In 2010, the California Women’s Amateur Championship honored her with the Helen Lengfeld Award for her impact on women’s amateur golf in NorCal.

  Today, she’s still on the USGA Handicap Procedure and Course Rating Committees and still does course ratings for the NCGA. She’s also now spent 50 years with John— a fellow Rules official and former NCGA Board member.

Sheri will be attending the ceremony with her husband, John and their two daughters. The NCGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 to celebrate the rich and storied history of golf in Northern California, and to preserve and honor the legacies of those who have dramatically shaped and impacted the game in the region and beyond. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Juli Inkster, Loren Roberts, Casey Boyns and Dr. Allister McKenzie (posthumous). What an honor for Sheri to share the stage with these individuals!






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Rules-Ball in Play

Interns Update, April ’17

Volunteers at Rules School, Apr ’17

Women’s Golf Day Press Rel. Mar ’17

Message from New President Spring ’17

Winter Storms, Mar ’17

Importance of Grants for Jrs, Feb ’17

Rules Corner – Equipment, Jan ’17

President’s Message – Goodbye, Dec’16

Gail Rogers Retiring, Dec. ’16

Rules-Leaves & Winter Rules, Dec ’16

Rules – Re-Dropping (Part 2), Nov ’16

Rules – Re-Dropping (Part 1), Oct ’16

The Challenge of Participation, Oct ’16

Women-Golf-at-the-Olympics, Sept ’16

The Future of WGANC, Aug ’16

How do I Play on Northern Team, Aug ’16

Rules Corner – Nrst Pnt of Relief, Aug ’16

Rules Corner – What Penalties?, July ’16

Volunteering at U.S. Open, July ’16

Empowering Girls Through Golf, July ’16

Rules Corner – On the Green, July ’16

Summer-President’s Message-June-2016

2016-North-vs-South-Match, June ’16

Golf Returns-to-the-Olympics, June ’16

Course Rating – What You Know, May ’16

Spring President’s Message, Feb ’16

Peer Review & Playing Alone, Feb ’16

Abnormal Ground Conditions, Jan ’16