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The Writers' Tee
News and Notes of the Northwest Golf Media Association
Happy New Year, ye writers of golf. We have news:
NWGMA President Bob Sherwin has announced the first NWGMA meeting of 2020, as is customary, will be on the opening day of the Seattle Golf and Travel Show – on March 7 in the usual upstairs room at the Century Link Exhibition Center. The meeting time will be announced beforehand.
Sherwin said he’s working on lining up speakers for the meeting and beginning to schedule for media days or other opportunities connected to events on the Northwest golf calendar.
Some of those notable events:
- PNGA Lamey Cup – May 6-8, Rivershore Golf Links, Kamloops, B.C.
- PNGA Men’s Amateur – July 6-11, The Idaho Club, Sandpoint, Idaho
- PNGA Women’s Amateur (with the Women’s Mid-Amateur) – July 13-17, The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.
- Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup (LPGA Seniors) – May 29-30, White Horse Golf Club, Kingston, Wash.
- The Northwest Open (Pacific NW SecBon PGA) – Aug. 17-19, Wine Valley Golf Club, Walla Walla, Wash.
- PNW Pro-Assistant Championship – March 23-24, Tualatin Country Club, Tualatin, Ore.
- The Boeing Classic (PGA Tour Champions) – Aug. 21-23, The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
NWGMA members will get a special early opportunity in October to play the refurbished Sand Point Country Club at the association’s annual tournament and banquet.
Jeff Shelley, NWGMA co-founder and past president, is a Sand Point member and was instrumental in working with the club leadership to schedule our banquet and golf event. Shelley reports:
“Sand Point Country Club in northeast Seattle, opened in 1927, is currently undergoing a major remodel overseen by golf architect David McLay Kidd, with construction by Ridgetop Golf. The project involves the removal of aging trees to open up views of Lake Washington and the Cascades. Also, several all-new greens and tees are being built and many links-style elements will be added, including about 40 more bunkers and low-cut turf around greens to offer varying shot options.
“If the weather cooperates – and so far so good since the project started in September (2019) – the course will reopen for Sand Point’s members in late spring 2020. Understandably, the club wants to make sure the course has properly grown in before hosting the NWGMA.”
The first event on the list above, the PNGA Lamey Cup, had been known as the PNGA Cup Matches since its launch in 2006 until it was renamed in honor of Jack Lamey, a top-tier Northwest amateur player and longtime PNGA board member. Lamey died Dec. 15, 2019.
Troy Andrew, PNGA executive director, wrote a tribute for the PNGA Website, including this:
… “It was (Lamey’s) idea to create the PNGA Cup Matches, which will be one of his legacies to the Pacific Northwest golf community. He wanted the PNGA to have a championship that brought the four major allied associations in the Pacific Northwest together for the “Three C’s” – competition, camaraderie, and cooperation. As a PNGA Board Member, Dr. Lamey worked with us in 2006 to make the competition a reality. Nearly 15 years later, the annual Ryder Cup-style match-play competition has become one of the most coveted events at the PNGA.”
Kris Jonasson, NWGMA vice president, notes that Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C., will host the CP Canadian Women’s Open Sept. 3-6, won in 2019 by LPGA money champion and World No. 1 Jin Young Ko. Look in this space for details about a media day and credentials when they’re firmed up.
In addition to hosting the PNGA Lamey Cup, Rivershore Golf Links will host the Canadian Junior Boy’s Championship Aug. 10-13. Pheasant Glen Golf Resort on Vancouver Island will host the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship Sept. 15-18.
Jo Ann Washam, who brought big-time game and a refreshing personality to women’s professional golf, died Dec. 6, 2019. Tom Cade, PNGA communicaBons director, handled the obit for the Auburn, Wash., native and two-sport WSU Cougar.
NWGMA member Tony Dear tweeted this after the death of esteemed golf architect Pete Dye: “It's an indication of Pete Dye's greatness that the tribute articles I've read often contradict one another. Subtle/frank, difficult/straightforward? Did he eschew the ground game or bring it back to America? Excessively penal or strategic? Golf's most indefinable architect.”
World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster won the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup title in 2019, with Portland’s Lara Tennant winning low amateur honors. Stay tuned here for details on covering this late-May Legends Tour event, which will be played at White Horse in Kingston for the third year in a row.
Circling Raven Golf Club has announced it will host a Symetra Tour tournament for three years, beginning with the inaugural championship Aug. 28-30.
The Symetra, the LPGA’s developmental tour, will host a “Road to the LPGA” informational event from 1 to 4 p.m. May 2 at the course in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort complex in Worley, Idaho.
Newsletter written by Bart Potter, NWGMA Secretary.