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Welcome to the NWGMA

About the NWGMA
The Northwest Golf Media Association was founded in 1995 by and for people who write, edit, discuss, produce and otherwise impart golf-related articles, books, columns for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet, social media and all other forms of communication. The nonprofit organization was originated to assist in the collaboration of efforts of the working media who cover golf in the region.

The NWGMA seeks to bring attention to the region’s golf heritage, and it hopes everyone in the media gives golf equal status with other sports. It also strives to educate the community about all facets of the golf industry and what each entity brings to the game of golf. Its members facilitate this by creating a network among colleagues for sharing story ideas and creating a community for discussing and disseminating Northwest golf news.

NWGMA Mission Statement
The Northwest Golf Media Association shall focus on the best interests of the game of golf in the Pacific Northwest with the assistance of individuals in the Northwest golf media.

From the News Room


Seattle Golf & Travel Show set for Mar. 3-4

SEATTLE — In what has become the annual kickoff event to the Pacific Northwest golf season, the Seattle Golf & Travel Show will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a return to the CenturyLink Field Event Center, Mar. 3-4. A full list of sponsors, exhibitors and activities can be found online at www.SeattleGolfShow.com.

For the last two decades, the Seattle Golf Show has developed a rabid following on the strength of show-only savings on the hottest clubs, equipment and apparel lines from all of the golf world’s heavy hitters, unbeatable savings from dozens of the industry’s leading exhibitors, and giveaway and prize packages that guarantee a return on the value of the consumer’s ticket the second they pass through the door.

Last year’s show — co-located with the Seattle Bike Show and Travel-Adventure-Gear Expo — drew more than 10,000 attendees, all eager to take advantage of the incredible bargains at the largest golf show on the West Coast, and one of the longest-running consumer golf expos in the nation.

To celebrate its 20th year bringing outstanding values to Washington golfers, the Seattle Golf Show is giving every attendee a year's worth of Golf Digest and at least two rounds of golf, included in the price of each $14 ticket. In addition, each golf show ticket purchase grants access to all three shows being held at CenturyLink Field that weekend, including the golf show, the Seattle Bike Show and Travel-Adventure-Gear Expo. Plan your entire year's worth of outdoor activities — and take home two rounds of golf — all for just $14!

Already, industry leaders from throughout the Northwest are signing on to be a part of this year’s event, including White Horse Golf Club — which will give a year's worth of free golf to one lucky attendee — and Puetz Golf, which will once again build a golf shop on the show floor and line an indoor driving range with representatives of the game’s biggest manufacturers, showing off the hottest new clubs on the market. Over 120 exhibitors are expected to fill the hall for the three-day weekend to take advantage of the large crowd of golfers celebrating the beginning of the golf season in the Pacific Northwest.

Show producers Varsity Golf Shows — publishers of Cascade Golfer magazine and the largest producer of consumer golf shows west of the Mississippi River — will be pulling out all the stops to present a maximum value to Northwest golfers, including:

• Huge savings on name-brand clubs, equipment and apparel in the Puetz Golf Superstore
• A free, indoor driving range lined with representatives of the game’s biggest manufacturers
• Two rounds of golf included with every ticket — plus a year's worth of Golf Digest and more!
• Putting, long drive and short game contests for the chance to win rounds of golf and stay-and-play vacations
• Free lessons from top PGA pros
• Special areas for kids, including free lessons, junior golf presentations and more!
• Beer and distillery tastings in the Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole
• And more!

For tickets, discount coupons and complete show information, visit SeattleGolfShow.com.


Canada golf salutes Mike Riste

Mike Riste, recipient of the NWGMA’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award, has
been given an honorary life membership to the Golf Historical Society of Canada.
The Ontario-based association organization was formed in 1988 to create an
informal group that shares an interest in the books, clubs and memorabilia involved
in the game of golf.

Riste, a native of Vancouver, B.C., and an Evans Scholar graduate of the
University of Washington, certainly qualifies for this honor. In 1986, he founded
the B.C. Golf House Museum located next to the University of British Columbia
campus. In its library, the former clubhouse contains thousands of books, videos,
periodicals and magazines, with its focus British Columbia. The museum also
houses various exhibits and many other interactive displays.

In an interview with the GHSC, Mike related how he became addicted to
researching the history of golf on the Pacific Coast. In 1963, he found a pamphlet
titled "Early Golf in Vancouver pre-1905."  The author made the claim, "The first
golf club formed on the Pacific coast was the Jericho CC.”

The original club formed in November 1892 and closed in June 1942. Upon
closing, many Jericho members migrated to Capilano where Mike caddied before
he headed off to college. Riste explained how he undertook the challenge to prove
or disprove this claim. By tracing the roots for every golf club formed before 1915,
he believes the original claim is accurate.
"I have always considered myself nothing more than a researcher," said Riste,
when informed of his being selected for the NWGMA DSA. "I am not really a
writer. In fact, I find it difficult to get from the research stage to the writing stage. I
am far more comfortable talking. People say I am certainly not afraid of a

Riste may claim that he is not a writer, but his body of work is substantial. He co-
authored (with NWGMA co-founder Jeff Shelley) the monumental
"Championships champ; Friendships,"; the centennial history book of the Pacific
Northwest Golf Association, and "Just Call Me Mac,"; the biography of noted
Northwest course architect, A. Vernon Macan.
Mike is preparing another biography, "The Blacks of Troon,"; about the seven Black brothers who came to
Canada from Scotland in 1910-1922 and would all become prominent golf professionals along the West Coast. Also in the works is a history of Jericho Country

Bandon Dunes replaces Chambers Bay for 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

FAR HILLS, N.J.  – The United States Golf Association today announced that the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be relocated from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., to accommodate a turfgrass transition project at Chambers Bay.

“The USGA is extremely grateful to owner Mike Keiser and Bandon Dunes, a trusted supporter of amateur golf, for agreeing to host the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball while this work occurs at Chambers Bay,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships and Governance. “We also acknowledge the foresight and initiative of everyone at Chambers Bay in undertaking this work.”

The ongoing turfgrass project, which will transition the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay from fescue to Poa annua grass, will provide long-term benefits to the facility, which is an important asset to the community and region, according to Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay. The course hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and is owned by Pierce County and operated by KemperSports.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested May 25-29. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball consists of 128 two-player sides and requires two courses for the stroke-play portion of the championship. The specific courses at Bandon Dunes that will be used for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be announced at a later date.

Chambers Bay will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship from May 22-26. The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., will serve as the stroke-play co-host for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

“Both of these sites are excellent championship venues and are unwavering in their support of amateur golf; they offer the USGA an opportunity to continue to conduct exemplary Four-Ball championships while providing an ultimate test for the players,” said Bodenhamer. “In addition, both of these Pacific Northwest communities have always offered a warm welcome to the USGA, its championships and the competitors.”

Previously, Chambers Bay was the site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open Championships, while Bandon Dunes has hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur, the concurrent U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in 2011 and the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015. Bandon Dunes is also scheduled to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship, which marks seven USGA championships hosted in 15 years.