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News from the NWGMA

The Writers' Tee - May 2019

The Writers' Tee

News and notes of the Northwest Golf Media Association

May 2019

Association News

NWGMA meeting June 5 at LPGA Legends media day

President Bob Sherwin has announced the next meeting of the Northwest Golf Media Association will be June 5 ahead of media-day activities for the LPGA Legends event at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.

White Horse Director of Golf Bruce Christy will welcome media members at noon in the White Horse banquet room. He’s asking for RSVPs (, 360-297-4468) so he knows how many box lunches to order and who’ll be wanting to play the golf course.

Christy said LPGA Legends players onsite will be fair game for interviews beginning about 12:45 p.m., along with out-of-state players seeking to “Wednesday qualify” for two spots in the June 7-8  Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup.

The day’s schedule also includes a teaching clinic by LPGA Legends for media and VIPs.

Member News

PNGA/WSGA establishes partnership with Golf Talk Seattle

Emmy- and Murrow-award-winning broadcaster Josh Kerns is back in the NWGMA and back on the golf airwaves. He’s producer and host of Golf Talk Seattle, which airs at 6 a.m. Saturdays on Sportsradio 950 KJR and is distributed on-demand through the iHeartRadio and Soundcloud apps.

Golf Talk Seattle is the official broadcast media partner of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and Washington Golf Association. Kerns said the show will spotlight the associations’ tournaments and showcase places to play, practical instruction from PGA teaching and tour pros, fitness tips, and interviews with tour pros with Northwest connections and other notables.

Tom Cade, PNGA/WSGA communications director (and former NWGMA president), said the WSGA will promote the show and link to it through its website, social media and a twice-monthly email newsletter distributed to 69,000-plus WSGA members.

Kerns said he hopes to hear from Northwest golf writers and media pros who want to talk up their current projects on the radio. You can reach him at or 206-920-1482.

Northwest Golf News

Bandon marks 20th year; Sheep Ranch to open in 2020

Cade was in Bandon, Ore., last week for a 20th-anniversary celebration of the opening of Bandon Dunes Golf Course, the first course at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort that has since grown to five courses (and soon to be a sixth).

Cade sent along a raw audio feed of a Q&A with Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser, course architect David McLay Kidd and Shane Bacon of Fox Sports.

The resort recently announced the fabled Sheep Ranch layout, heretofore playable only through back channels if you’d heard of it at all, will be completed and open to public play in 2020  as the sixth official Bandon course. Click here for some nifty moving pictures of the Sheep Ranch site and its coastal environs.

Washington Open back at Meridian Valley May 20-22

A cluster of NWGMA members attended a media kickoff April 30 at Meridian Valley Country Club ahead of the Washington Open Invitational.

We heard from four recent Washington Open champions, including 2018 winner Ryan Benzel, who finished a shot ahead of John Cassidy, Shane Prante and amateur David Ganz after a tight back nine.

Tournament charity beneficiary Folds of Honor is continuing its productive partnership with the Washington Open and Meridian Valley this year.

Credentialing opens for Legends Cup event

Media members hoping to cover the June 7-8 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup should reply to an email from Sue Fracker or contact her (617-513-4716) to be sent the email, then reply before Tuesday, May 28.

A media credential is required for all official media representatives to gain clubhouse parking, complimentary grounds admission and access to the media area inside the clubhouse.

Photographers, TV crew members and reporters must have a media credential while walking the course and gathering images. If you are not wearing a media credential, you will be subject to questioning by a Legends rules official or staff member.

To obtain media credentials, reply to the e-mail with:

  1. The full names of your media representatives (a badge will be assigned to each)
  2. The full name of your media outlet/ channel/organization
  3. The mailing address and contact name for receiving creds (up to Tuesday, May 28)
  4. If you wish to pick up your credentials on site, you may do so June 3 – 6 in the tournament office inside the clubhouse at White Horse Golf Club.
  5. Please ask for Sue Fracker (617.513.4716) or shoot me an e-mail in advance of your planned pick-up time.
  6. You may also elect to leave your badges at Will Call at the Admissions gate to pick up on June 7 or June 8. Let Fracker know.

If you would like an interview with a specific player or have a story idea in advance of or during the tournament, Fracker says don’t hesitate to reach out.

There will be a qualifier on Wednesday, June 5, at about 2 p.m. at White Horse to fill two more Legends spots and round out the professional field of 36. Qualifiers will be announced immediately following play that evening.

Trish Johnson is the defending champion.  Juli Inkster, Jane Geddes, Tammie Green, Maria (Hjorth) McBride, Christa Johnson, Janet Anderson and Suzy Whaley are new to the field this year.

The Writers’ Tee is sent around the first day of the month to NWGMA members.