Dave Solomon called it a spectacular week.
Solomon, who joined Napa Valley Country Club on Oct. 30 as its new head PGA golf professional, played in last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Solomon was the 2017 Player of the Year in the Northern California Section of the PGA – which got him an exemption into the field for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
“It was unbelievable, unbelievable,” Solomon said Tuesday. “The golf courses were set up and were in the best shape I’ve ever seen them. I would say the greens were faster than any greens I’ve ever played.”
Solomon missed the 54-hole cut after rounds of 74 at Monterey Peninsula, 79 at Pebble Beach and 81 at Spyglass Hill.
“Of course, you want to try to play your best. But it was more about representing my club and representing the Section,” said Solomon. “It wasn’t really about how well I played. I drove the golf ball just fantastic all week. I just didn’t hit my irons well enough to score and I didn’t quite putt well enough to score how I wanted to.”
“I was very excited about a lot of golf shots I hit in front of a lot of people. That was the fun part, too, to have a ton of crowd there and hit a really good golf shot, and to hear everybody get excited. That was really neat.”
Solomon’s family was on hand, as well as members from Napa Valley Country Club, Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton, and Diablo Country Club.
Solomon spent two years as the first assistant golf professional at Diablo. He worked at Burlingame Country Club in Hillsborough for two years as the first assistant. He spent five years at Ruby Hill as the first assistant.
He is vice-president of the Bay Area Chapter of the NorCal Section of the PGA.
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was a $7.4 million tournament.
“It was an amazing field,” said Solomon, who lives in Alamo. “To be around those guys, to watch how they practice, to watch them hit shots in the practice rounds, and just to see how they carry themselves, it was unbelievable.”
Solomon’s name was announced on the first tee prior to starting each round.
“Every course had spectacular challenges,” he said.
Solomon graduated from Long Beach State in 1999 with a degree in marketing. He turned professional in 2001 and played in mini tours for five years all over the country, including the Hooters Tour, Golden State Tour, Spanos Tour, and Tight Lies Tour.
He played the Canadian Professional Golf Tour in 2005.
Solomon won two events on the Golden State Tour and lost twice in playoffs on the Tight Lies Tour.
He went to the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament four times and advanced to the second stage once, in 2001.
Solomon plays in NorCal Section PGA events throughout the year. He played in the 2015 Frys.com Open, a PGA Tour event at Silverado Country Club and Resort, and missed the cut after shooting 74-78 – 152.
Solomon played in last year’s Ellie Mae Classic, a Web.com Tour event, at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward. He missed the cut by nine shots after rounds of 76 and 70.
There are seven points events during the year that determine the NorCal Section Player of the Year.
Future Collegians World Tour
Kennon, Keith, Kim win titles at Silverado
Scotty Kennon of Bandon, Oregon, Cameron Keith of Alamo and Caris Kim of Los Altos were the first-place finishers in their respective divisions at a Future Collegians World Tour Junior Golf Tournament at Silverado Resort and Spa last weekend.
The event was played on the South Course the first day and the North Course the second day.
Kennon won the boys 15-19 division, shooting 74-70 – 144.
Jared Stone of American Canyon tied for 56th in the division, with rounds of 89-89 – 178.
Keith won the boys 12-14 division, shooting 73-73 – 146.
Kim won the girls 13-19 division, with rounds of 81-76 – 157.
USGA events in Northern California
Big summer of golf on Monterey Peninsula
Two U.S. Golf Association events, the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Amateur, will each be played on the Monterey Peninsula this year.
The 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior is July 16-21 at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach. There will be 156 players in the field.
Poppy Hills is owned and operated by the Northern California Golf Association.
The 2018 U.S. Amateur is Aug. 13-19 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. There will be 312 players in the field.