The Northern Trust Open, one of the oldest and most storied events on the PGA TOUR schedule, returned to Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades for the tournament’s 86th anniversary. Debuting in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club, the event has been staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at Riviera Country Club in 1973. Outside of the major championships, the Northern Trust Open is the fourth-oldest event on TOUR, trailing only the BMW Championship, the Canadian Open and the Valero Texas Open. In 2011, the Northern Trust Open generated $1.6 million for Los Angeles charities, bringing the total charitable contribution to $53.5 million since the event’s inception. It is estimated that the Northern Trust Open helps 15,000 Los Angeles residents each year, which includes 5,000 kids who are beneficiaries of its charitable proceeds as distributed primarily through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation.
LAX Magazine caught up with last year’s winner, Aaron Baddeley, while he was in town to defend his title. Aaron is very down to earth and was a delight to visit with.
Aaron really enjoys his annual trip to Los Angeles to play at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. He’s been coming for the past ten years and was thrilled to win the title last year. When he comes, he always stays in Santa Monica. He loves Santa Monica. The lifestyle of a walking community really appeals to him. He and his family walk to Whole Foods, restaurants, and shops and always appreciate the proximity to the beach. He finds the beach very relaxing, from the look of the water to the sound of the waves crashing. His favorite restaurant in the area is Sushi Roku but he also frequents Pinches Tacos in the beloved Santa Monica Place.
Aaron and his family live in Arizona and during the summer, when the temperature in AZ is off the charts, Aaron and the rest of the Baddeley family are part of the migration of “Zonies” who escape to California. The Baddeley family enjoys Monterey and San Diego as their favorite California destinations.
When Aaron is not working a.k.a. playing golf, he’s all about his family. He and his wife enjoy outdoor activities including hiking in the beautiful trails of Arizona and taking long walks. He also plays basketball and tennis. Aaron started playing golf because of his two grandmothers. His father wasn’t into golf at all, so it was up to the grandmas to kick-start the passion. That was 18 years ago at the tender age of 12 and since then he turned professional (in 2000) and has delighting fans around the world winning PGA Tournaments.
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