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News from the NWGMA

The Writers' Tee - April 2019

The Writers' Tee

News and notes of the Northwest Golf Media Association

April 2019

Member News

NWGMA member Allen Schauffler got up early to talk to a group of veteran golfers’ about their dawn-patrol rounds for “Rocks of Ages” for the PNGA Website.

Member Brad Ziemer checked in with the first female Evans Caddie Scholar from Victoria Golf Club in this story for British Columbia Golf, posted on the PNGA site.

Editor’s note: If you’ve published anything you think is any good, or you especially like something written by a fellow NWGMA member, we’ll probably agree … and post it here. Send story links and news about members, personsal and professional, and the Northwest golf industry to Bart Potter at

Association news

NWGMA meeting: June 5 at LPGA Legends media day

President Bob Sherwin announces the next meeting of the NWGMA will be June 5 alongside a full schedule of media-day activities for the LPGA Legends event at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. Stay tuned for time and place of the meeting.

White Horse Director of Golf Bruce Christy said a tentative schedule for June 5 includes the Kaiser Permanente Ladies Amateur Scramble, with 50 teams playing for a spot in the pro-am for the June 9-10 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup.

Also on the tentative sked for the day is a teaching clinic by LPGA Legends for VIPs and media. Media hacks will be able to play White Horse after the clinic.

Golf media news and events

Media day April 30 for Washington Open

RSVPs are requested for the media day April 30 at Meridian Valley in Kent, Wash., ahead of the 93rd edition of the Washington Open Invitational May 20-22.

A 10 a.m. news conference will offer up officials from the PGA, Meridian Valley, the Folds of Honor and the title sponsor, Muckleshoot Casino. Afterward, we can grab a quick lunch and head out to play Meridian Valley with representatives from the PGA and Meridian Valley.

Shoot your RSVP to Jeff Ellison, CEO of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA, at

Credentialing open for USGA championships

Online applications for media credentials for the first six championships of the USGA’s 2019 season are available now at

The championships and their application deadlines:

  • U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball -- Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.: deadline April 24
  • U.S. Amateur Four-Ball – Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore.: May 20
  • U.S. Senior Women’s Open – Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C.: May 9
  • U.S. Women’s Open – Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.: May 23
  • U.S. Open -- Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links: May 29
  • U.S. Senior Open – The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.: June 20

NW golf industry news

Willows run sold

Word has come of the recent sale of Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond, Wash., by the late Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc., to California company Sasada Sports International.

According to this story in the Puget Sound Business Journal:

“Allen, who died last year, and his former brother-in-law Brian Patton in 1993 paid $1.5 million for the property, according to public records. The property, once a corn farm where previous owners had planned an industrial park, came with approvals for an 18-hole course. A second 18-hole course was added to the complex, which has a driving range, a par three, nine-hole course and an eighteen-hole putting course. There are also two clubhouses totaling over 13,500 square feet and several practice facilities.”

NTA conference registration opens

NWGMA member Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, has announced registrations are open for the NTA’s annual conference Oct. 27-29 at Bandon Dunes.

Read all about it here.

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