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Miller, Maltbie, Cockerill Head Third Class of NCGA Hall of Fame
The Northern California Golf Association has named Johnny Miller, Roger Maltbie and Kay Cockerill to its third class of inductees in the NCGA Hall of Fame.
Miller, a 25-time winner on the PGA Tour, was born and raised in San Francisco. After attending Brigham Young, where he was an All-American, Miller turned pro and won two majors - the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and 1976 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1974 after he won eight times. Now 65, Miller is a partner in Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif., and has been the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports since 1990.
Maltbie was born in Modesto and grew up in San Jose, where he attended San Jose State University. He won the 1972 California State Amateur while in college, later graduating to the PGA Tour where he played for more than 20 years, winning five times and racking up over 55 top-10 finishes. Playing occasionally on the Champions Tour, the 61-year-old Maltbie is also a highly respected on-course analyst for NBC and ESPN.
Cockerill, 48, also moved to television - where she covers LPGA Tour events on Golf Channel - after her days as a competitive golfer. Before switching to the broadcast booth, the San Jose native enjoyed a stellar amateur career at UCLA, capturing two straight U.S. Women's Amateur titles in 1986 and '87. She then played on the Futures Tour, where she won the 1988 Marsh Landing Classic in a playoff over Meg Mallon, and played on the LPGA Tour for 10 years.
Also named to the NCGA Hall of Fame's 2013 class are:
Steve Desimone - Jack Lemmon Ambassador of Golf Award. Desimone has been the men's golf coach at Cal-Berkeley for 34 years. After his 2011-12 team logged a school-record six wins and made it to the national semifinals, he was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. All told Desimone has led the Bears to eight NCAA Golf Championships.
Glen Albaugh - Golden State Award. The longtime University of Pacific golf coach is also known for his Applied Sport Psychology Consulting Service, and co-authored - with Michael Bowker - the book, "Winning the Battle Within." Over the years Dr. Albaugh's teachings have benefited amateur, collegiate and professional tour players.
Alan Shipnuck - Distinguished Media Award. Shipnuck is a Monterey Bay native and author of several golf books, including: "Bud, Sweat and Tees: A Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour" and "The Battle for Augusta National: Hootie, Martha and the Masters of the Universe." Shipnuck is currently a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and GOLF.com.
The new NCGA Hall of Fame members will be honored February 5th at The Inn at Spanish Bay during the annual California Golf Writers & Broadcasters banquet.
For additional information about the Northern California Golf Association, visit http://www.ncga.org.