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I N M E M O R I A M 48 NOV/DEC 2017 GOLF • DINING • MEETING FACILITIES • PGA GOLF INSTRUCTION Conveniently located off I-10 in Palm Desert 1-760-601-3600 | www.PlayClassicClub.com A PREMIER GOLF EXPERIENCE To Book Your Tee Times Online Scan This Code Now! PHOTO BY CHRIS MILLER Classic Club is managed by Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management. Register to play online at www.EDADS.org For sponsorship information, contact info@calgolfnews.com NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018 GOLF TOURNAMENT GOLF TOURNAMENT RJ HARPER, 1956-2017 RJ Harper, longtime Executive Vice President of Golf and Retail at the Pebble Beach Co., died Nov. 8 after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61. Harper, known as "Mr. Pebble Beach" in the golf industry, began his 32-year career with the Pebble Beach Co. in 1985 as an employee at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Pebble Beach Co.'s announcement of Harper's passing stated: RJ was a true icon in the golf industry and someone whose name will always be synonymous with Pebble Beach. RJ's tremendous leadership and relationship building skills were quickly recognized at the Pebble Beach Co. as he rose through the ranks from Golf Course Marshal to Pebble Beach Head Golf Professional and ultimately to EVP of Golf (and Retail) for the Pebble Beach Co., one of the most prestigious positions in the golf world. During RJ's 32-year tenure with Pebble Beach Co., he was widely recognized as one of the outstanding leaders in the golf industry. His charismatic personality, one of a kind smile, and outgoing nature endeared him to countless Pebble Beach employees and guests. Many CEO's, musicians, entertainers, athletes, professional golfers, and politicians across the country consider themselves close friends of RJ. One of those great athletes was Arnold Palmer, who inspired RJ to become involved in the game of golf. "All of us at Pebble Beach Company and throughout the golf world are heartbroken by the news of RJ's passing,' said Pebble Beach Company CEO Bill Perocchi, who worked with Harper for 18 years. 'RJ had a lasting impact on Pebble Beach, and his smile, vibrant personality, and positive attitude and outlook on life will be missed by all and never forgotten. He was a kind, caring person; a consensus builder and true team player; and a dear friend to me personally and to countless employees, guests, and people in the golf industry."

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