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Vol. 17 No. 2 • May 2011
22 BRITISH COLUMBIA
An official magazine of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF PUBLISHER John M. Bodenhamer ASSISTANT PUBLISHER Troy Andrew EDITOR Tom Cade ART DIRECTOR Marilyn Esguerra PRINTER Quad Graphics
24 | Ask the Expert
Setting up a championship course 25 | From the Forward Tees
Women’s Golf Month to benefit all 6 | Publisher’s Essay
26 | Backspin
8 | Chip Shots
27 | Links to the Past
Local Rules provide clarity Highlights from around the Northwest 14 | A Northwest Original
PacAm marks 15th year 16 | Truth Be Told
Symbolic tale of Hugh Riley 18 | New Event in Town
Kitsap Amateur Memorial starts up 20 | Game Well Played
A soldier finds his game 22 | Called to the Hall
PNGA inducts three into Hall of Fame
Q&A: We asked, you answered Tournament program provides the link 28 | Rules of the Game
The world is watching…on TV 30 | Great Holes of the Northwest
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The par-4 13th hole at PronghornJack Nicklaus Signature Course Bend, Oregon Photo courtesy Central Oregon Visitors Association
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LOCAL RULES Make them your friend With the summer tournament season just around the corner, it is a good idea for golfers and tournament organizers alike to review the importance of local rules. JOHN The Rules of Golf, as BODENHAMER established by the United Publisher States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, are just that, the Rules of Golf. They should be in effect, in their entirety, for all legitimate competitions. Modifying or waiving any rule is a perilous course of action and usually results in confusion, unfortunate situations and hard feelings. Local rules, on the other hand, are optional conditions that have been thoroughly vetted by the USGA and R&A and may be adopted for play or a competition at the discretion of the Committee in charge or the tournament organizer. Many golfers assume certain local rules are in effect all the time. One example is the Embedded Ball rule. The Rules of Golf permit an embedded ball to be lifted, cleaned, and dropped without penalty… but only in closely mown areas. If a tournament organizer wishes to provide relief for an embedded ball throughout the course, then he/she must adopt the local rule listed in Appendix I of the Rules of Golf. Additional local rules worthy of consideration and their location in the Rules booklet are as follows: Embedded Ball (p. 107) The PNGA recommends this local rule be adopted for all competitions.
Seams of Cut Turf (p. 109) This is a good one to consider when an area of the course has been sodded and is not quite completely healed. Adopting this local rule also eliminates the need for using white paint to designate such areas as ground under repair. Aeration Holes (p. 109) This is also a good one to consider, especially during the spring and fall. Stones in Bunkers (p. 110) Stones in bunkers can present a danger, as a player can be injured by a stone struck by another player in playing his/her shot. If stones are present within the bunkers of a course, adopting this local rule making stones within bunkers obstructions and therefore removable is a good idea. Distance Measuring Devices (p. 116) Again, golfers often assume this local rule is always in effect; rather, it must be adopted. Also, if a competition wishes to ban Distance Measuring Devices, the PNGA strongly recommends contestants be reminded in advance that such devices are NOT permitted. Failing to do so can result in a penalty of disqualification and some hard feelings. Unusual Circumstances And when your course encounters “unusual circumstances” such as the effects of a World War, the following “Temporary Rules” actually adopted in 1940 might be
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worth considering for golfers with “Stiff Upper Lips.” To quote: RICHMOND GOLF CLUB London, England 1. Players are asked to collect bomb and shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines. 2. In competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play. 3. The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonably, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom. 4. Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the fairways or in bunkers within a club’s length of a ball, may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally. 5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty. 6. A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty. 7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty – one stroke. For more information and assistance with adopting the proper local rules, please contact your state or provincial golf association. All the best for an enjoyable tournament season. And be sure to stay away from those bombs and craters!
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Chip Shots HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
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New links par-3 taking shape
You walk into the dunes west of the first hole at the Bandon Trails course and what do you find? Ben Crenshaw, of course. The former Masters champion and his partner, Bill Coore, are creating a tantalizing 13-hole par-3 course for the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The new layout – to be called Bandon Preserve – is being shaped and should be open for play by June of 2012. “Mike (Keiser, owner of the resort) asked us to create holes that would stand up to the best par 3s on the rest of the resort,” said Coore. “We had wanted to use this wonderful stretch of land for Bandon Trails but would have had to have moved too much sand to make longer holes.”
The holes will range in length from 70 yards to 170 yards. The upper putting green at Trails will become the green for the first hole of Bandon Preserve. Fewer than 10 of the 27 acres will actually be used for golf, the remainder for a habitat to conserve the threatened silvery phacelia, a plant that seems to thrive once the invasive gorse and beach grasses are removed. The par-3 course could either be played before an 18-hole round at Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Old Macdonald or Bandon Trails – allowing the player to get familiar with tight lies and bumpy greens – or afterwards, when going another full 18 holes may seem too much. Keiser has indicated that green fees would be about $100, with net proceeds dedicated to preserving the South Coast of Oregon. The course will begin and end in the area between the clubhouse at Bandon Trails and the new Inn just south of the 18th green at Bandon Dunes. A few of the holes will border Cut Creek. “It is a beautiful piece of property,” said Crenshaw. “The holes will be strong, but there will be ways for players of all abilities to play them.” - Blaine Newnham
Wayne Was Here Later this summer, the third edition of the Courtnall Celebrity Classic will be held at Victoria (BC) Golf Club. The charity fundraising event is organized by the three Courtnall brothers in memory of their father, Archie. Two of the brothers – Geoff and Russ – played professional hockey. The first two editions of the event were held a few years ago, and one of the guest players was Wayne Gretzky, who knew the Courtnalls from their days in hockey. For his use on that day, Gretzky, the Great One who wore jersey No. 99, was given member Alan Manson’s locker, which, of course, was Locker No. 99. Gretzky, understanding it was no coincidence, returned the favor by autographing the locker.
Personal journey, global reaction
The golf industry in Japan, and the golf tourist industry that reciprocates throughout the Pacific Rim, is still reeling from the earthquake and tsunami of early March. All of Japan’s golf tours have stopped, and many courses have simply ceased to exist. Joe Thiel, PGA Master Golf Professional from Olympia, Wash., has a long history as a golf instructor in Asia, particularly in Japan, and travels there several times each year to give instruction to students at his golf schools located there. Late last month he traveled to Japan again. “After my normal two weeks of teaching, I’ll stay there and do what I can,” 8
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he said. Thiel has golf students in Sendai, one of Japan’s hardest hit areas. “I know people who died Thiel in the tsunami,” he said. “I just feel like I have to go there and do something.” Thiel will be making a modest donation to the PGA of Japan, with funds he collected from Northwest donors in the golf community. He had done the same thing after the Kobe earthquake in 1995, “and it really affected them and created a lot of goodwill in the golf industry. It’s a good way of connecting golfers with golfers, families with families.”
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This issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine features a technology called “Tagging” (or “Color Coding,” as it is also known). Tagging has been around for a while in advertising and other marketing functions, but with the increased use of smartphones and the technological advancements, it has begun to be used as an editorial supplement, which is a great way to connect the print and digital worlds. What is tagging? It’s simple, really. From your smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid, Palm or other device), download a 2D barcode/QR code reader application (ATT code reader, Kaywa, Quickmark); some apps are free, others are not. Once the app is downloaded, open it, and at the prompt hold the phone over the printed square barcode. The content connected to that barcode will then be viewable on your phone. Happy tagging.
Who dunnit at Spokane CC
When T. Dawn Richard contacted her friend, Jeff Gullikson, in the spring of 2009, she was just looking for a job. Honest. So Gullikson, the head superintendent at Spokane Country Club, hired her as his landscape assistant at the course, and during the summer of ’09, Richard worked and shoveled and raked her way around the grounds. Then when the fall came she abruptly quit, telling Gullikson, “I need to write a book.” It turns out that Richard had previously published three books in her “May List” mystery series, and thought that was the end of it. “But by the end of the summer I was convinced that a country club was a great setting for a mystery,” she says. “I had to write this book.” And so, Par for the Corpse (Five Star Publishing; $25.95) came to be. And Richard wasn’t shy about being true to the story – she uses Gullikson’s real name, and the names of his staff, as characters in the book. “We joke that she used us,” said Gullikson, laughing. “We had to sign a release form and everything.” In the book, he and his staff are both the suspects and crime solvers of the doublemurder mystery. Gullikson has worked at the club for 11 years, “and this is easily the most notoriety my staff has received.” The wacky personalities and some of the behind-the-scenes activities of a golf course maintenance staff are portrayed in the book. “It’s been a lot of fun since the book came out,” says Gullikson. Does Richard tell it like it is? Well, that’s the mystery.
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Chip Shots HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
Why do we
This is an existential question that has haunted the world’s philosophers for centuries. Their ghosts still walk the halls of academia and the fairways of our courses. Ooh, scary. But we know the answer is a simple one – it is the allure of a lifelong game that bonds fathers to sons, mothers to daughters, grandparents to grandchildren, friend to friend, stranger to stranger, and husband to wife. Here are a few bits of input from some of our readers. I semi-retired at age 58 and decided to give golf a second chance. Golf is one physical activity at which I am better now than ever before in my life. It is so nice to have something that is improving rather than deteriorating at this age. Henry Stevens, 12 handicap (and falling)
Mary Dell’s father (right) at his 90th birthday family golf tournament at Crooked River Ranch.
This photo of my father on his 90th birthday, together with my brother, at a family golf tourney and celebration at Crooked River Ranch (in Terrebonne, Ore.) pretty much sums up how I feel about the game. My father gave me a priceless gift in taking me to the driving range when I was a teenager, teaching me a game that has brought in touch with so many wonderful people. Mary Dell, Bend, Ore.
My addiction to golf continues today after some 58 years playing. I have spent a lot of money over those years playing golf and it has been worth every cent. I believe golf has helped make me a better person. Bob Giroux, Shelton, Wash. At about age 11, I had never set foot on a golf course; didn’t know the game, the rules, or why anyone would want to hit a little white ball and then go chase it. A friend suggested that we go out to the local country club in Missoula (Mont.) and caddie. We stood in the lineup of caddies and pretty soon a welldressed gentleman pointed at me and said to grab his bag. I did as instructed and followed him to the first tee. After he took an enormous swing he turned to me and asked, “Where did that go”? I answered, “I dunno, you hit it”! I was fired on the spot. Since then, I’ve taken up this great game, but had only the one caddie experience. Gary Schweitzer, Creswell, Ore.
WHY DO YOU LOVE GOLF?
Is it because of the challenge of it? The quirkiness of it? The time spent with friends? The golf trips? The 19th hole? Is it because it gave you your best memory? The time spent alone with your parent, or your child? The impossibility of the game? The outdoors? The scenery? The history? What is it about this game that makes you absolutely, unconditionally, without shame or remorse, love it? Send us your story. Send us your photos. Let’s hear it. Let’s see it. Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tim and TJ Banick, as they’ve played together through the years.
Love is a strong word, but I thoroughly enjoy golf because it has so many life lesson parallels that are too numerous to count. Those lessons were a way to share with my son TJ, as he played up through the OGA Junior Program and into high school and beyond. Mostly, it provided opportunities for he and I to play in two-person events together, and we have yearly photos to show how we have changed, him taller and me not taller. Golf will not be in heaven; however, it was heaven playing golf on earth. Tim & TJ Banick, Salem, Ore.
Stephen Anderson with his wife, working their way on the Top 100.
My dad fell in love with the game in his 30s. When he retired, his goal was to play the Top 100 golf courses. When he passed away in 1986, I inherited his old clubs. I hadn’t played seriously since I was a teenager, but it didn’t take long for me to get hooked. I lived 10 minutes from a course that offered a monthly rate for unlimited golf. August of 1993 I played 44 rounds. By 1995 I had two hole-in-ones and every time I teed it up I felt my dad was with me. I live on a course now and I’m in my seventh week of retirement. My plan is to play the Top 100 golf courses. Stephen Anderson, Orting, Wash.
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Futures so bright Northwest students receive Evans Scholarships Eleven young students in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia who have spent a portion of the past two years working as a caddie will be attending college in the fall on an Evans Scholarship. At three separate meetings this spring, nominees were awarded the four-year scholarships, which covers tuition and on-campus housing. This year, a scholarship has been awarded
to Alex Adams, who caddied at the prestigious Victoria (B.C.) Golf Club. This is the first Evans Scholarship sponsored by a Canadian golf club. Adams will attend the University of Colorado in the fall. More information about the scholarships and application guidelines are available online at www.thewsga.org, www.thepnga.org, www.westerngolfassociation.com or www.oga.org.
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Support the local Evans Scholars by playing in these upcoming first-class fundraising events. • Evans Cup of Washington, August 29, Meridian Valley CC, Kent, Wash. • Evans Cup of Oregon, September 12, Portland Golf Club, Portland, Ore. For entry forms and information call 800-643-6410 or go online at www.thewsga. org and www.thepnga.org.
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Play in this season’s premier amateur championships! Senior Men’s Amateur Championship Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship Women’s Amateur Championship Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Men’s Amateur Championship Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship Men’s Amateur Public Links Championship Senior Men’s Amateur Public Links Championship Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship Women’s Senior Team Amateur Championship Men’s Senior Team Amateur Championship Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship
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If 30 golf courses – including such popular tracks as Tetherow, Pronghorn, Crosswater, Black Butte Ranch and Brasada – aren’t testament enough to the quality of golf in Central Oregon, then the list of architects who have left their indelible marks on the region certainly is. Some of the country’s top course designers, including David McLay Kidd, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Peter Jacobsen, Jim Hardy, Tom Weiskopf, Bob Cupp, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Robert Muir Graves, John Harbottle and others, have chosen Central Oregon for some of their most scenic and challenging course routings. And there is perhaps no better way to experience many of the region’s top golf offerings than the 2011 Golf World Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, the largest and longest-running net amateur golf tournament in the West. Now in its 15th year, the PacAm attracts more
than 700 golfers and their families to the region annually for a week of golf, recreation, dining, equipment demos, skills challenges, social events, and fun – with charitable proceeds from the Lithia Festival of Golf benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon. With a new title sponsor for 2011, and a new Championship venue – the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Pronghorn – the 15th Pac-Am is anticipating its largest and most competitive field ever. Open to any golfer with an established USGA Handicap Index, the Golf World Pacific Amateur Golf Classic consists of a three-day, 54-hole, net, stroke play tournament. Participants compete on a different regional course each day against a field of participants of similar handicap. Final Flight rankings are determined by comparing the threeday cumulative net score for all participants in
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New for this year is that the tournament’s Championship Round will be held on the Pronghorn-Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
each Flight, with the top two participants in each Flight competing in an 18-hole Championship Round Playoff at Pronghorn’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course for the title of PacAm Flight Champion and for the opportunity to be crowned the PacAm Overall Champion. The tournament field will consist of at least five Divisions, including Men (age 1849), Senior Men (age 50-59), Mid Senior Men (age 60- 69), Super Senior Men (age 70+) and Women (age 18 and over). If numbers allow, the Women’s Division may be divided into a Women and Senior Women Division. Divisions are based on the entrant’s age as of the first day of tournament play. Participants
may choose to compete in a lower age Division. All participants are assigned to a Flight based upon their Tournament Handicap Index. The number of flights is contingent upon the final number of entrants and the Tournament Handicap range for each respective Division. Be sure to schedule an extended stay in Central Oregon to enjoy the Golf Digest/Golf World Experience Tour Demo Days that will take place at the Sunriver-Meadows Driving Range on Sept. 2-3. This is a great opportunity to stay through Labor Day weekend and take advantage of the great rates and endless activities available at Sunriver Resort and throughout Central Oregon.
Planning your trip to Central Oregon is easy. Start online at www.VisitCentralOregon.com to order your Official 2011 Visitors Guide, find answers to your trip-planning questions, or sign up for a complimentary membership in the Central Oregon Travel Club, which includes the chance to win a free vacation getaway.
Golf, and More Than Golf While outstanding golf and challenging competition take center stage during the PacAm, golf is just one of countless adventures and activities awaiting you and your family during your visit to Central Oregon – and not just during the tournament, but year-round. Central Oregon’s location on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains, where the sprawling Deschutes National Forest transitions to High Desert plateau, is unique among Oregon destinations. An abundance of outdoor recreation has earned the region praise as “Bike Town USA,” “America’s Top Trail Running Town,” and numerous other national accolades. Recreation abounds year-round, from skiing and snowshoeing at Mt. Bachelor in winter, to running, fishing, canoeing, biking, hiking and camping in the summer. What sets the region apart, however, is its unique combination of abundant outdoor recreation and the sophistication of a trendy, hip mountain vibe.
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Hugh Riley got out of his hospital bed, where he was recovering from cancer surgery, to raise the 12th Man flag at Qwest Field at the start of a Seattle Seahawks game on November 8, 2009.
This photo of Hugh Riley landing on the beaches of Normandy made the cover of Life and Time magazines in 1944, and became an iconic symbol of the war.
Tall TAles, True tales
For Hugh Riley, who was for years the unrecognized symbol of a titanic struggle, his story is our story Blaine Newnham
You’ve seen them. The elders at your golf club. Playing cards in the corner of the bar because they can’t play golf anymore. You know they have a story, and you may think, sure, everyone has a story. Well, at Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, they know Hugh Riley’s story, and take a moment on the anniversary of D-Day to thank him for it. Perhaps no American soldier in World War II is more recognizable than Riley, even though for years he was recognizable only to himself and his mom. The photograph of Riley struggling in the bloody waters of France’s Normandy coast as the Allied invaded Europe had become the epic invasion’s enduring image, a revered if slightly damaged exposure by the great photographer Robert Capa. Capa and Riley were in the first wave at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Riley’s launch was hit before it reached the beach, pitching him into the Atlantic. He was shot four times, but managed to fight off the freezing waters and gunfire to get near where Capa was photographing. “I wondered, ‘Who in the hell is this guy with the camera, how did he get here,’” said Riley. “He and a sergeant helped pull me in.” Few soldiers went through what Riley did. He was in the first wave for the invasion of Sicily, and after Normandy he was wounded so seriously at the Battle of the Bulge that he was sent back to the states to convalesce. “People laughed at my golf swing because it had so many moving parts,” said Riley, now 89. “But it was in part because my body didn’t work 16
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real well. I’d had my shoulder rebuilt and still had a shell in me.” In 2009, Riley climbed out of a hospital bed – he’d had surgery for cancer – to hoist the 12th Man flag at a Seattle Seahawks game. “I hurt like hell (to get out of the hospital bed),” he said, “but I thought, ‘Been there, done that.’” They introduced him at Qwest Field as a World War II survivor. He was more than that. Even if few knew it. The story of Capa’s photograph of Riley is almost as interesting as is the story of Capa, a Jew who fled Hungary before the Nazis got there, took a staggering photo of a man being shot to death in the Spanish Civil War, rode the first wave into Normandy, photographed Picasso and Hemmingway after the war, had an affair with actress Ingrid Bergman, and died at 40 in Viet Nam during the French occupation when he stepped on a land mine even though he said he was done photographing war and only went to Viet Nam after Life magazine repeatedly requested he do so. Capa shot more than 100 images from the beaches of Normandy the day Riley landed there. The film was rushed to London to be processed. In the rush, a lab tech pushed the process, most of the film was overheated and all but 11 frames destroyed. The picture of Riley, appropriately if marginally out of focus as Capa fought off waves and bullets, donned the cover of Life and Time magazines and became an iconic photo of the war. But it was only in the past eight or nine years that the photo was properly captioned. The soldier in the water was originally identified
as Edward Regan. “My mom knew it was me long before I did,” said Riley, a 22-year-old private at the time. “I hadn’t seen the damn picture. When I did, I said, ‘Hell, that’s me.’ I remember vividly the photographer pulling me out of the water. I wrote a letter to Life but they said at the time they couldn’t identify the soldier.” Years passed. Finally a WWII historian charted the troop movement on D-Day and decided Regan had landed at Utah beach, and that the photo had to be of Riley. “They compared other pictures of me and after analysis, decided it was me,” said Riley. “I knew if was me all along.” Every Wednesday Riley’s wife drives him to Rainier, where he’s been a member for nearly 40 years, for his weekly card game with two former golf buddies, Dr. Bill Ellsworth and Jack Hozack. “He’s a great guy,” said Ellsworth. “I remember the time he built a box for my locker to hold shoes and golf balls.” Riley worked for Fenwick fishing rods until his retirement. He lives on Mercer Island (Wash.) in the same waterfront house in which he was born. “I never considered myself a hero,” he says. “Just a survivor.” A survivor with a story to tell. Blaine Newnham is a former sports columnist and assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times. He covered the 1966 U.S. Open, following Ben Hogan around the Olympic Club. He covered the four majors of the “Tiger Slam”, when Woods won his four consecutive championships.
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Kitsap Amateur Memorial Golf Championship to be conducted on trio of premier courses Nestled among Airlines, accommodations at tall firs and lakes the Sheraton Hacienda del on the Kitsap Mar, and two rounds of golf at Peninsula just a the famous Palmilla Golf Club. short ferry ride Think big. Think warm from Seattle you and sunny. will find three Gold Mountain award-winning, Golf Club, with 36 holes, gorgeous golf is considered one of the May 27-29, 2011 courses. The finest municipal facilities Gold Mountain Golf Club community is small and in the country. Home to McCormick Woods close-knit, and from many prestigious events, Trophy Lake Golf & Casting that ambience emerged Gold Mountain will host a wonderful friendship the U.S. Junior Amateur between these courses. Many years ago Championship this summer. they formed the Kitsap Golf Group, with McCormick Woods was built in conjuncthe purpose of promoting their unique tion with the Audubon Society, and with its golfing experience through an unbeatable lush and natural setting, it is almost imposstay and play package. sible to play without wildlife encounters. This year they decided to amp it up Trophy Lake Golf & Casting doubles and host the 1st Annual Kitsap Amateur as a fishing club for all you fisher types. Memorial Golf Championship (KAM) over Manicured to perfection, its signature 18th Memorial Day Weekend. Two person best hole complete with waterfall is nothing ball teams in six divisions will compete short of stunning. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 27-29, The KAM is proud to have Pacific playing 18 holes at each course. Northwest Golfer magazine, Olympic Sports The grand prize drawing is two Cabo and Spine Rehabilitation and Michelob ULTRA San Lucas golf vacations for two that from Olympic Eagle Distributing as their includes round-trip airfare on Alaska presenting sponsors. 18
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Play the Big One and Win the Big One– A Grand Prize for Two Lucky Golfers at the KAM On top of the tee prizes worth up to $100 each player, and thousands of dollars in merchandise prizes that will be awarded, along with daily incentives and hole-in-one contests each day at each course, two lucky golfers will each win the KAM’s Grand Prize – a golf vacation for two to sunny Los Cabos, Mexico. • Two round-trip airline tickets to sunny Los Cabos, courtesy Alaska Airlines Vacations • Four night’s hotel accommodations at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar • Four rounds of golf at the Palmilla Golf Club The drawing will be held on the final day of the event, May 29.
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Man in Full
For the record, Chad Pfeifer is a scratch golfer. When asked about his handicap, however, numbers don’t come up. Instead, Pfeifer raises his pant leg and shows the prosthetic that joins above his left knee. The injury occurred on April 12, 2007 when an IED (improvised explosive device) ripped through the floorboard of the truck Pfeifer was driving for the U.S. Army while stationed in Iraq. It is now four years later, and Pfeifer is preparing to graduate from the Golf Academy of America in Chandler, Ariz., to pursue his dream of becoming a PGA Professional. Through golf, Pfeifer plans to help others with all kinds of disabilities, since he owes much of the rebuilding of his life to the game. “Golf helped me keep my sanity,” Pfeifer said of the seven months he spent in physical therapy at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio after the incident. “We had therapy in the morning, and then I would hit balls and play in the afternoon. Golf was definitely therapy for me.” Soon it became a passion and a career path for Pfeifer, a natural athlete who played college baseball at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. and Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho after being a three-sport athlete at Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho. “I really fell in love with it, and I am blessed with good hand-eye coordination,” he said. Golf and family helped him rebuild a life that could have been shattered along with his left leg. “My family was there, supporting me all the way,” he said. “I had some depression, but luckily I had golf to keep me busy.” Pfeifer eventually returned to Idaho’s Treasure Valley and landed a job at Falcon Crest Golf Course in Kuna. Falcon Crest is owned by Hans Borbonus, whose son John was killed in action in Iraq, ironically on the same day Pfeifer was injured. The course holds several military benefit tournaments each year, including one for the Wounded Warrior program in which Pfeifer participates. Surrounded by golf, Pfeifer gained enough confidence in his game to enter the National Amputee Championship in Bedford, N.H. in the summer of 2009. He finished third in the Above Knee division and came away with a greater desire. “I met a guy there who was in the (Golf Academy of America) program, and that’s when I
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The pull of the game reached inside Chad Pfeifer and landed him safely onto the fairway C hris W ood
During his Purple Heart Ceremony in Boise, Chad Pfeifer had his parents, Chris and Margy Pfeifer, by his side.
decided I wanted to make golf my career.” He finished third overall at the 2010 National Amputee Championship in Nashville. His classmates at the academy aren’t surprised by the quality of Pfeifer’s play. Most of them had no idea of the disability until he showed the prosthesis during one of their weekly tournaments. “We have to wear pants during tournament play, and I walk with only a little bit of a limp. We were on the sixth hole one day when one of the guys asked me if I had hurt myself because he noticed the limp. I pulled up my pant leg and showed my prosthesis and the guy was like, ‘Holy cow! I would never have known. That’s amazing.’” During casual play, Pfeifer prefers to wear shorts and be completely open about his disability. “Some people don’t ask because they don’t know how I will react, so I usually volunteer my story with them,” Pfeifer said. “They thank me for my service and say it’s pretty cool that I play as well as I do.” Pfeifer even makes himself the butt of a joke now and then like any other frustrated golfer. “If I leave a putt short, I’ll say that one didn’t have enough legs,” he said. “That usually breaks the ice.” Pfeifer said being open and just facing life’s challenges like anyone else is the key to dealing with a disability, especially one suffered during active duty. “A lot of (injured veterans) come back and
hide in a shell and don’t want to talk about anything,” he said. “I just try to have as much fun as I can, especially on the golf course.” It’s that positive attitude that Pfeifer hopes to ply with other disabled golfers after he completes his training. He has to be at a golf course six months after graduating from the Academy before entering the PGA of America program. He recently married Summer, a girl he knew in high school, and life is full of promise. “I want to get established as a professional at a golf course and then hopefully travel and help people with disabilities enjoy golf,” he said. “Golf helped me keep my sanity, so I know I can help others get into a lifetime sport.” Pfeifer said he especially wants to help former competitive athletes who have become disabled, and plans to push his own skills to the limit. “We have golf in the Olympics now,” he said. “Hopefully one day it will be in the Paralympics, and I can represent my country. That would be the ultimate.” Well said, Chad, well said. Chris Wood has been covering Idaho for Pacific Northwest Golfer for three years. He began covering golf in 1985 as a sportswriter at the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, and was the editor and publisher of Intermountain Golf Magazine from 1995-2006.
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The Story of Anne Quast Sander Part 1 Inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame – 1999 Introduction by Jeff Shelley With seven USGA championships won, Anne Quast Sander (along with Carol Semple Thompson) ranks behind only Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods (nine), Carner and Jack Nicklaus (eight) in number of victories. So how did this Marysville, Wash., native – now 73 – who grew up at Cedarcrest Golf Course, make the cover of Sports Illustrated and help propel Northwest golf as a national force in the 1960s? Here is Part 1 of the story of Anne Quast Sander, in her own words.
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On April 29, 2011 at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash., the PNGA added three inductees into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame, while the Pacific Northwest Section PGA added one to the Section’s Hall of Fame, during a historic joint Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the two organizations. Visit www.thepnga.org and www. pnwpga.com for a complete list of Hall of Fame members and to read their biographies. Margaret Todd is one of the Northwest’s most accomplished golfers. She represented Canada as a player in the 1951 Curtis Cup matches against the U.S., the 1953 Commonwealth championships in England, and was a three-time captain of the Canadian National Team. Todd won three BC Women’s Amateur championships (1947, 1948 and 1949) and was runner-up five times. She won the BC Senior Women’s Amateur in 1975 and 1976, and the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur in 1976 and 1977. She represented British Columbia on eight inter-provincial teams. In 1973, Todd became the first female golfer inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. She is also an inductee of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (1997), Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (1997) and Golf Hall of Fame of BC (2001). In 2010, Todd donated $100,000 to the University of Victoria (BC) for the creation of a women’s golf athletic financial award bearing her and her late husband Jack’s name. The PNGA Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship trophy is named after Todd. A native of Auburn, Wash., Jo Ann Washam won the club championship at Auburn Golf Course at age 13. She won the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur in 1976, then won the PNGA Women’s Amateur in 1970 and 1971. Washam attended Washington State University on an Evans Caddie Scholarship, the first woman from the Pacific Northwest to receive this scholarship. In 1982, Washam was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame for both basketball and
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Cedarcrest was an 18-hole public course near Marysville and totally rural; there were only scattered farms around it. It had originally been the Quast family farm where Cordt Henry and his Danish wife, Anna, raised seven children. It was leased later and made into a golf course. My aunt and father bought the property from the family in 1935. My parents were not golfers. It was strictly a business venture. When I was two, Reverend Norgaard from Everett brought me a little Baby Anne Quast, with her first set of golf clubs. set of wooden-shafted golf clubs in a plaid bag. I have often wondered how he obtained them, as children’s clubs were very rare then. (I am very sad they were not kept by my parents; I would have loved to have donated them to the USGA Museum.) I do not know at what age I became interested in golf more than anything. I am guessing I was nine or 10. There was a practice putting green and a tiny pitching green at Cedarcrest, though no practice area. But I could hit down the ninth fairway before the customers got there and, in the evenings, I could hit drives off the first-tee mat. There were no grass tees, only mats. Even though neither of my parents played golf, they were supportive of my early interest in the game. My father was legally considered a “pro,” so he got ever-larger clubs for me at wholesale. When I was about 11, I was taken to Everett Golf & Country Club for some lessons with their pro, Ken Tucker. When I was 12, one of the members, Billie Torkelson, saw to it that I was entered in the Snohomish County Championship to be played at Everett. In my first competition I was runnerup in the third flight. I know this because I still have the silver-engraved, gravy-boat-and-saucer trophy. At 13, I was a freshman in Marysville High School and soon became No. 1 on the boy’s golf team. The guys on the team weren’t very good, but some players from the other schools were excellent. Since I did not like losing, I began practicing harder. For a continuation of this transcript of Part 1, visit www.thepnga.org or www.cybergolf.com. Look for Part 2 in the next issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine.
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golf, being the school’s first athlete to have played in national championships in two sports while a student. She played on the LPGA Tour for 17 years, from 1973 to 1990, winning three individual tour titles and two team titles (one with Nancy Lopez as her partner, and one with Chi Chi Rodriguez as her partner). She is currently an LPGA teaching pro at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. and resides in Olympia, Wash. Doug Roxburgh has set a standard in the region’s amateur golf world that will most likely not be matched. He won the BC Junior Amateur in 1969 and 1970, and the Canadian Junior Amateur in 1970. He won the BC Amateur in 1969, which was the first of his record 13 victories in this championship. He attended the University of Oregon on a golf scholarship but transferred to complete his degree at Simon Fraser University (in Burnaby, BC). He lost a playoff for the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1971, and then won the first of his four Canadian Amateur titles in 1972, repeating in 1974, 1982 and 1988. He is a seven-time member of the Canadian World Amateur Team, and a 19-time member of the British Columbia Willingdon Cup Team. A longtime booster of junior golf, he now serves as the Director of High Performance for Golf Canada (the Royal Canadian Golf Association), as an advisor on elite player development. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, the BC Sports Hall of Fame in
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1995 and the Golf Hall of Fame of BC in 2003. Ron Hoetmer dedicated his career to service in the golf industry – service to his membership, to his fellow Ron Hoetmer PGA Professionals and to the game. In his 45 years as a member of the PGA of America, Ron has served at just three Washington clubs – Sand Point GC in Seattle; as the Head PGA professional at Fairwood G&CC in Renton for 14 years; and for 28 years as the Head PGA Professional at Overlake G&CC in Medina. Ron’s dedication to enhancing the careers of his fellow professionals was recognized in 1990 when he was awarded the PGA of America’s Bill Strausbaugh Award, a national recognition. One of his proudest personal achievements is his role in helping found the Washington Junior Golf Association in 1976, for which he served as a Director from 1977 to 1990. 11ECR003_PNGA.indd 1
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Charting a Course Countless meetings, phone calls, emails back
It took 39 years for Canada’s national championship to return to Vancouver, BC’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club when the world’s best players graced its fairways in 2005. Now, just six years later, the RBC Canadian Open returns. Bill Paul, the tournament director for Golf Canada since 1993, played a paramount role in taking the championship to Shaughnessy in 2005 and bringing it back in 2011.
Was there trepidation in bringing the championship to British Columbia in 2005, the first time since 1966? “We had to challenge ourselves,” he said about the move out of Ontario, explaining it was something that was necessary if the event was to truly be the national open. He went out to Vancouver and looked at virtually every golf course in the area. Then he found Shaughnessy. “I went around that golf course in a three-day period maybe 25 to 30 times,” he said. “I think you have to go through that process, to walk it in your mind and see how it’s going to work.”
“We believe the best course design is the one which leaves numerous options in setting up the course for play.” - Jim Urbina, who, along with Tom Doak, designed the new Old Macdonald course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
He was wary of critics, because first impressions can raise questions. “Maybe it’s too old, maybe it’s too small, maybe it’s too short, maybe it’s in a residential community, maybe it wasn’t going to make sense,” Paul said. “But everything else just seemed to flow to it.” While he had convinced himself it was a worthy venue for the PGA Tour event, that didn’t really matter much if the world’s best players didn’t agree. He decided to bring out four players who speak their minds – Mike Weir, Chris DiMarco, Fred Funk and Vijay Singh – to give it a test run. After a few holes, Singh motioned to Paul to come over, and Paul was nervous he was going to get an earful on this misty day when the ball was not carrying much or rolling. “And his comment was, ‘Where the hell has this thing been? This is unbelievable.’ So I knew at that moment I had a great golf course,” Paul said.
What changes are planned for 2011? Not many, according to Paul. “When we went back, we thought we didn’t have to make any changes as far as lengthening the golf course,” he said. “We’re going to have basically the same golf course we had.” The traditional, old-style aspects of this A.V. Macan design, which the players enjoy because they don’t see them that often, will again be key components for Shaughnessy. “Rough and small greens are still going to be a big difference,” Paul said. “We made
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and forth, road trips and focus groups – and sometimes it just comes down to walking a course by yourself on a quiet evening. All of this, and more, goes into selecting a course for a championship, and then setting it up to hold that championship In setting up a national championship course, Bill Paul (left) must ensure it is fair but also challenging to the world’s best players, such as Ontario native Mike Weir.
a decision that we’re not going to change it. What was presented in 2005 will be presented in 2011.” While there has been significant tree removal since 2005, none of it will impact play for these golfers. Some players had mentioned a desire to see a large tree removed that protects the par-5 11th hole. Shaughnessy didn’t budge. “That’s part of the terrain, part of the natural flow of the golf course, and that tree is going to stay,” Paul said.
Does returning in 2011 mean Shaughnessy is now part of a regular rotation for the championship? Paul would have no problem with that. “I think we would like it to be,” he said. “Obviously, we want to be in Vancouver. We want to be on the West Coast. It worked well in ’05 and I’m sure it will work well again in 2011.” Paul said a five- to seven-year rotation is quite conceivable if the Shaughnessy membership is willing and able. “Shaughnessy would be a venue we’d want to go to again, absolutely,” he said. “We think we’re going to get the same kind of success we had in ’05, both inside and outside the ropes.”
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The Fairest Way is the Best Way
With the approach of Women’s Golf Month in June, several organizations are initiating practical methods to grow the game for everyone C heri B rennan
June marks Women’s Golf Month, a time when golf facilities and organizations promote fun, affordable activities for golfers of all playing abilities, including “newbies.” The options range from lessons and clinics to tournaments and networking opportunities. This year’s observance also coincides with an initiative being rolled out in phases by the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) called Fair Way Forward. “By naming this program Fair Way Forward, we want to emphasize forward thinking ways to treat women golfers fairly and the importance of the placement and condition of the forward tees,” says Val Littlefield, chair of the EWGA Advocacy Committee. The advocacy initiative is designed to give golf facilities the insights needed to become more “women friendly” so they can attract and keep more women golfers. For as long as the EWGA has existed, the golf industry has considered women to be a key growth market. And while some barriers have fallen – such as greater access to Saturday morning tee times – much remains to be done to implement the positive changes women seek. The amateur women golfers who belong to the EWGA spoke their minds in a 2009 survey to identify the key issues that influence their on-course experiences. The primary issues respondents identified were the condition and position of the forward tees, followed by the number of rated tees, the playability of the course, and an equal and fair approach to all golfers regardless of gender and skill level. Also identified were basics such as clean restrooms and healthy food choices. This data paralleled a 2009 industry study funded by the Little Family Foundation and conducted on behalf of the National Golf Course Owners Association. With this outside research validating its internal survey, and with input and cooperation from the Little family, EWGA has revamped its
earlier female-friendly golf course criteria. The criteria, which are posted on the EWGA website (www.ewga.com), are focused on golf course playability, customer service experiences, and programs and services. The EWGA recommends rating at least two sets of tees for women with USGA approved handicap/slope ratings, with the first set falling in the range of 4,200 to 4,800 yards, and the second set falling in the range of 4,800 to 5,300 yards. To attract competitive women golfers, courses are urged to rate tees in the 5,600 to 5,800 range. Other aspects of playability cover amenities, such as placement and condition of tee boxes, ball washers, drop areas and distance markers. The Fair Way Forward criteria will be utilized in the selection of EWGA associationwide events and to help members and chapters choose the best places to play to optimize enjoyment of the game. The list of activities for golfers during Women’s Golf Month includes LPGA golf clinics, golf and business networking events, Ladies Links for Golf activities, programs presented by Women on Course, “Take Your Daughter to the Course” events, Rally for the Cure tournaments, and of course, ongoing leagues for women at several courses, as well as those organized by EWGA, the Northwest Ladies Golf Association and the Washington State Women’s Public Links Association. Check out PlayGolfAmerica.com and its “golf for women” section and the searchable directory by cities and states for links to many of the above opportunities. Whether a new, casual or avid golfer, it’s time to get outside and enjoy all that golf has to offer! Cheri Brennan is a public relations and marketing consultant and an active member of the EWGA, NLGA and the Northwest Golf Media Association.
This issue’s profile of a businesswoman who also happens to play a little golf… Candace Oehler • Director of Communications, South Seattle Community College • Sports Reporter, Sirius XM Satellite Radio & Spanish media • Secretary, Fir State Junior Golf Foundation Has played golf for: 15 years Approx. number of rounds per year: 25 USGA Index: 24 Favorite… Club in her bag: Right now, my RedBird 21 degree hybrid Brand of golf ball: TaylorMade Burner W Brand of golf shoe: Footjoy Sandals On-course beverage: Water “19th hole” beverage: Cold beer or “enhanced” lemonade Energy boosting snack: Grapes Golf movie: Old black & white Shell Wonderful World of Golf Golf book: Anything by John Feinstein, especially A Good Walk Spoiled Golf gift received: My first set of custom-fit clubs Golf tip received: Use your big muscles!
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Backspin WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED. Q&A FROM THE BEST OF THEM
Playing while blind, promoting radical fashion, investing in street legal golf carts, and going native through interpretive dance. Yes, it sounds a little too much to us as well How did you get started in the game? In the early 1990s I was given a set of really old clubs, and decided that now was the time. My grandfather told me as a young kid, “As time moves on, you’ll need to learn two things in life – golf and Spanish.” How right he was! COCHRANE On the first tee. Seriously though, I had a soccer injury as a kid and the doctor recommended that golf be the only thing I did for activity that summer. I was 13 years old. REESE My high school coach was also my health teacher. During the fall term, he would ask me if I was going to play golf for him, and I always turned him down. As the term was coming to an end I asked him how I was doing in the class. He bluntly told me that I was failing, so I then told him that I would play golf for him knowing that with a failing grade my parents would not allow me to play. I ended up getting a “C” in the class, so I felt like I owed it to him to play for one season. After that season I was hooked. Thanks coach. SWINDELL I started playing in my late 20s. My dad taught me it is most important to keep down your head and keep up the pace of play.
The other members of my “Dream Foursome” are…
The strangest thing I’ve ever seen on a golf course is… Gasp...a couple having sex. Yup, doubt I could top that sight. It wasn’t a course in the Northwest, so feel safe knowing that. COCHRANE Two bears fighting each other on the 13th green at Nicklaus North in Whistler. REESE Late one evening I was walking down the seventh fairway of the Bandon Trails course through the fog and spotted a man and woman in some sort of silent interpretive dance. I approached the two to get a better look, and I went totally unnoticed by them. I have often heard that golf at Bandon Dunes can be Of course, we would have our a spiritual experience, own interpretation of this…. and this seemed to be one of those instances for those two. SWINDELL My mom and I played together in a twoperson best ball when she lost her contacts just before tee time. She couldn’t see four feet away. I’d line her up toward the target, she’d swing and yell “where’d it go?!” I got the giggles and couldn’t
BJARANSON My late father Robert Bjaranson, Rickey Henderson, Steve Elkington, and John Daly (played one round with him already and had an absolute blast – absolute, not Absolut). COCHRANE Freddie Couples, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, in the hopes that some of their good habits will rub off on me. REESE My wife, Sarah, my Dad, and Bryon Nelson. SWINDELL My best friend Amber, who makes me laugh every time we play together, and our fathers, who would get us into a serious money game.
You’ll never catch me on a golf course wearing… BJARANSON Yes, I know it’s part of the early history of golf, but you won’t see knickers on this guy! COCHRANE Knickers. A kilt maybe, but never knickers…. REESE White pants, or a visor with fake hair. SWINDELL A skirt.
Friends don’t let friends drive carts into the lake. Hmm, we reckon this may be why golf carts are not street legal (not yet, anyway).
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concentrate while she kept her head down and got better. She hit fairways, greens and long putts after asking “did it go in?” I’d get the ball for her and walk her back to the cart. We won the tournament and she played her best round ever even though she couldn’t see a thing.
It should be legal in golf to… BJARANSON To make golf carts “street legal.” I’ve always thought that would be something I’d invest in. COCHRANE Hit three balls off of the first tee, or until you’re “happy.” REESE Carry 15 clubs. SWINDELL Penalize someone for throwing a club in anger.
It should be illegal in golf to… BJARANSON Lie about your score. All too often I play with golfers that don’t report their “real” score. COCHRANE Say “I never play this bad!” REESE Use rakes in bunkers. Come on, people, bunkers are hazards. SWINDELL Take more than one practice swing when it’s your turn.
Your favorite sentimental golf course and why… BJARANSON I’d have to say the first course at Bandon (Bandon Dunes). It’s nostalgic, with plenty of challenges at every hole. The majestic beauty of the mighty Pacific Ocean is breathtaking on many holes. Oh yeah, it’s also the only course at that fabulous resort that hasn’t beat me to a pulp…yet. COCHRANE Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. I had a very special and memorable round there. My wife and I had the course to ourselves on a perfect day (I am not sure the owners of the course enjoyed the day as much…) REESE Salishan in Gleneden Beach, Ore. on the coast – it is where I proposed to my wife. SWINDELL Terrace Lakes Resort (in Garden Valley, Idaho). My husband logged the back nine. I played in my first golf tournament with my grandmother at Terrace Lakes, and I’ve won two club championships there.
Brief history of the much-maligned Plaid
The earliest record of the Plaid, or kilt, is about 1560. It was probably worn before this but there are no records of it. The garment was worn exclusively by Scottish Highlanders, and was not worn by the nobility except when at home on their estates. How golf and Plaid got jumbled together? Well, we’re still looking into this….
L i n k s t o the p a s t
Adam Bjaranson is in his first season as the Television Studio Host for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to that, he anchored sportscasts at both KGW and KPTV in Portland. A native of the north Oregon Coast, Adam considers himself an “average, everyday” golfer. He carries a 16.1 handicap. Adam resides in Beaverton with his newlywed wife and two beagles. General Manager of Predator Ridge Resort in Vernon, BC, Rod Cochrane has been managing golf courses since he began his career 25 years ago. In the past, he has worked as Director of Golf for the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (BC) as well as General Manager at the Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler. It is likely that the scenic Okanagan valley helped to persuade him to move to Vernon. “The dramatic landscape, the amazing views are not found anywhere else in the Okanagan,” says Cochrane. “When you see photos of the landscape, there is only one place it could be.” Originally from Prince George, Cochrane and his family now reside in Vernon. Alan Reese is the Head PGA Professional at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Wash. He came to Club Green Meadows in March and could not be happier with the new position. Prior to this he was the Head Golf Professional at Myrtle Creek Golf Course in Southern Oregon, and he got his start in the golf business as First Assistant at Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Jennifer Swindell has lived and worked in Boise, Idaho, most of her life. She is a former sports editor and writer for the Idaho Statesman who now specializes in marketing and media relations. She is currently the Information Director for the Caldwell School District. Jennifer loves to play in golf tournaments with friends, and was elected to the IGA Board of Directors in February. She recently adopted a three-legged dog from the pound and named him Rex-A-Million.
A tie that binds… through a tournament program Dean May gets around okay on a golf course. He played in several PNGA championships as a youth, then went on to play for the San Jose State golf team (where he was a teammate of Roger Maltbie), and then tried to play professionally for a couple years before settling down to the business of life. He has kept his game up, winning the 2008 WSGA Senior Men’s Best-Ball (with partner, Jim Wilson). His dad, Gene, was a long-time club pro who worked at Spokane CC, then at Rainier G&CC in Seattle, and finally at Longview (Wash.) CC. And Dean had picked up the game as a boy because it was in the family blood. When Gene passed away last year, and Dean was sorting through a lifetime of his father’s boxes, he discovered exactly how much the game was in the family blood. “I came across some old tournament programs,” he said, “which I guess were interesting in themselves, but then I saw my grandparents’ names in the programs, and I got really interested.” The programs are from the 1946 Women’s National Open (this championship’s first year, before the USGA took it over), held at Spokane CC; the 1944 Portland Open, held at Portland GC; and the 1946 National Junior Amateur (before the USGA took over the administration of this event in 1948), held at Indian Canyon GC in Spokane. Evidently, Gene had kept the Women’s Open program because of his own connection to Spokane CC, and the Junior Amateur program because his father (Dean’s grandfather) had played Indian Canyon when it first opened in the early 1930s. But it was the Portland Open pro-
Sam Snead was featured in the program from the 1944 Portland Open, and he ended up winning the tournament that year.
gram that was most likely the best find. Dean’s grandparents, Bill and Pearl May, had been avid golfers. They played out of Riverside GC (now called Downriver GC) in Spokane, and both had made the journey to Portland to play in the 1944 Portland Open, with Pearl playing in the ladies amateur division. The “open” event was truly open, to men and women, professionals and amateurs. The tournament was won by Sam Snead. “My grandfather was the son of a Butte (Mont.) coal miner,” said Dean. “I’m not sure how he did it, but he forged himself a golf swing.” And when he held that 75-year-old program in his hands, he felt the breath of his ancestors against his cheek.
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We are all in this together There is no other sport in which spectators – even the ones watching from home – are as intimately involved in the action, and sometimes the outcome, as they are in golf
In 1995, managers at Torrey Pines offered Stadler a little revenge by inviting him back to help cut down the tree he knelt beside back in 1987, an invitation he willingly accepted. The tree had been dying of fungus.
by Terry McEvilly In February of 1987, Craig Stadler earned the dubious honor of being the first professional golfer to be disqualified because of a television viewer. Stadler had decided the best way to play a shot was from his knees and, to avoid getting his pants dirty, he put a towel on the ground on which to kneel, hit a great shot and went on his way. A viewer in Iowa called to say Stadler had built a stance, which is prohibited by Rule 13-3. Because Stadler had already returned his scorecard without the two-stroke penalty, he was disqualified. Ah yes, instant replay was suddenly alive and well in golf, and remains even more so today. In just the last nine months, top players such as Julie Inkster (weighted doughnut – Rule 14-3), Padraig Harrington (failure to replace – Rule 18-2) and Camilo Villegas (moved a loose impediment that might have affected his ball while his ball was in motion – Rule 23-1) have all ended up disqualified because of an alert television viewer. The result has created a firestorm among fans, players and tour officials. The PGA Tour appealed to the USGA and, while the USGA and the R&A have promised to look at the matter, Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has said he doesn’t want to discourage fans at home from calling in. “We like the fact that people call in,” Finchem told the Associated Press. “We want to accept the information and deal with it.” But, the only way to truly “deal with it” is to apply the Rules accordingly. “The whole world Remember, an Official’s goals are is watching! We simple – make the correct Ruling and, can’t let him die in front of a live in stroke play, ensure the entire field is audience!” protected. A fan at home is the equal of a - Network Executive in the spectator or another competitor. Evidence movie The Truman Show, in which Jim Carrey plays a man from each of them in helping resolve an whose entire life is televised issue is always acceptable. In fact, Officials (See page 29) 28
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Rules large… The beauty of life is in its ironies. The 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur is being held this summer at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash. The Director of Golf at Gold Mountain is Scott Alexander, who has also put together the Host Committee for the championship. Alexander and the U.S. Junior have a little history. Scott qualified to play in the 1972 U.S. Junior Amateur, held that year at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, Tex. During the first round of match play, he found himself 3-down early but made a comeback, winning the 10th hole to draw the match all square. Or did he? His opponent made a claim that he was in violation of the Rules. It turns out Scott had picked up an old trick from his assistant pro, Mike Davis, back at his home club, Columbia Edgewater CC in Portland, Ore. Davis used to spit
on his clubface to fill the grooves so the ball would travel farther, and he assured Scott that it was perfectly legal because spit was not a “foreign substance.” Scott would later say with a laugh, “I had been spitting on my clubs all day. I wasn’t hiding anything, but he could care less until the match got close.” The two sat on the 10th green for almost an hour while the Rules Committee deliberated. After all the matches behind them had played through, the Committee concluded that, although Scott had provided the saliva to influence the movement of the ball, there was no decision in the Rules relating to the situation. Scott would go on to lose the match 3&2, but the “Scott Alexander Rule” was born – in the very next revision of the USGA and R&A Rules of Golf, a decision had been added: 4-2/4, Applying Saliva to Face of Club. Ah yes, the beautiful circle of life.
Thanks to Dan Stafford and Derek Wideman
At the Whispering Rattlesnakes Golf & Flubbers Club (Winthrop, Wash.), Local Rule No. 2 states, “Free do-over if somebody throws food to the piranha in the pond in front of and below the first tee during your backswing.” We are not making this up.
Ah yes, instant replay was suddenly alive and well in golf, and remains even more so today. In just the last nine months, top players......have all ended up disqualified because of an alert television viewer.
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have an obligation to consider all relevant information, regardless of source. Even if a new decision is published, don’t expect it to give players a blanket exemption from TV viewers. (Editor’s note: After the submission of this article, Decision 33-7/4.5 was revised, giving Committees guidance, in very specific situations, to modify the disqualification penalty.) However, while a television viewer has no obligation to make a phone call, there is someone else besides an Official who is obligated to act should they observe a breach of the Rules – that person is you when you are playing in a stroke play event. You must inform a competitor, the competitor’s marker or an Official if you are aware of a breach of a Rule. Failure to do so can lead to disqualification for the competitor and you if the breach comes to light after scorecards have been signed and returned incorrectly. An even greater responsibility applies to a marker as he must attest that the competitor’s score is correct (see Decision 6-6a/5). Yes, it is a tough spot to be in while on the course. No one likes to create a problem by informing a competitor that he has breached a Rule and it is often easier to just look the other way. But there is a deeper philosophy outside of the potential disqualification for you and the competitor – you have the obligation to protect the entire field. By ignoring a breach, you have not only hurt yourself but disadvantaged every other player in the field. Unpleasant or not, we all have a responsibility that cannot be shirked. Silence, in such cases, is not golden. Terry McEvilly is a Senior Rules Official for the Oregon Golf Association, serves on the USGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship Committee and has achieved the highest level of certification on the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Examination.
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This, my friend, is why we carry our sticks in the trunk of the car. It is for this morning, this stolen moment, this cherished time in a benevolent world, this opportunity that may not come again. This is where we can dream our dreams, see our lives through, and bring order out of every chaos. It’s the dawn of time all over again, and we will build a life anew. We just know it. Work? It can wait. Besides, it’s still early. There is this business to attend to. It’s a long par-4, dogleg left, usually playing into a prevailing wind, and the tee shot calls for a straight line to
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