The Writers' Tee - July 2019
The Writers' Tee
Northwest Golf News
The 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sahalee Country Club kicks off Friday, Aug. 9, for a full weekend of activities. Check here for some history of the course that has hosted three major professional tournaments: the PGA Championship (1998), The U.S. Senior Open (2010) and the Women’s PGA Championship (2016).
This is how it started at Sahalee (courtesy of Brittiany Lathrup, Sahalee communications director):
“Development of a superlative golf course depends upon the acquisition of property ideally suited for its 27- hole design layout. (Development company) Par Golf’s extensive search ended in early 1967 when the land that would become Sahalee was found on the Sammamish Plateau east of Redmond.
“(N)ationally recognized golf course architect Ted Robinson was selected as the course designer. His creation would have to be capable of sponsoring any of the USGA or PGA national events, for the goal was to develop a layout of truly championship appeal that would be fun to play every day.”
Herewith a trove of news from North of the Border, courtesy of Brad Ziemer’s always-thorough reporting for British Columbia Golf.
According to Ziemer:
Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., finished tied for 10th at the John Deere Classic last week to move to 103rd on the FedEx Cup points list. The top 125 at the end of the regular season are exempt for next year and with three regular-season events left, Sloan is safe.
Abbotsford, B.C.’s Adam Hadwin will be returning to action this week at The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Might as well read it all from Ziemer.
Speaking of Canada, Laurent Desmarchais of Quebec defeated Josh McCollum of Upland, Calif., 3 and 2, in the final match to win the 118th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship last week at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Lakewood, Wash.
According to the PNGA website: “On the par-5 11th hole (the 29th hole of the 36-hole final match), (Desmarchais) sprayed his second shot against the fence on the right, two feet from being out of bounds. From there he chipped over the green, 12 feet onto the fringe, and faced a 40-foot, downhill, side-hill putt on a green that was rolling 14 on the Stimpmeter.
“When he drained the putt, increasing his lead to 5-up with seven to play, it looked pretty much over.”
McCollum, who was 8-down after the first 18 holes, nonetheless yielded only stubbornly to Desmarchais. The match finally ended at No. 16, the 34th hole of the day, when McCollum’s eagle putt slid by the hole.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., and Joel Dahmen of Clarkston, Wash. join Hadwin among Pacific Northwest pros at The Open at Royal Portrush.
Clarkston, Wash., pro Joel Dahmen is having his best year on the PGA Tour, with two Top 10s and a T12 at the Players Championship. Read how he got by cancer and rekindled his career in this insightful piece by Helen Ross for pgatour.com.
Vancouver, Wash., amateur Spencer Tibbits missed the cut by one shot at the U.S. Open last month at Pebble Beach (covered by NWGMA member Bart Potter for The Columbian of Vancouver).
Since the Open, Tibbits has been busy – and good: He won the Oregon Amateur the week after the Open, defeating Daniel Snoey of Camas, Wash., 8 and 6, in the final match at Portland Golf Club; and he finished T-4 at the Sahalee Players Championship.
Tibbits passed up competing in the PNGA Amateur at Tacoma Country Club last week in favor of taking on a strong field in the Pacific Coast Amateur July 23-26 in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Course.
Golf Industry News (from Canada, via Ziemer):
GolfBC has completed its sale of Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in Cobble Hill on southern Vancouver Island. The new owner is Cowichan Valley resident Zhao Zhenfu, whose other business investments on Vancouver Island include the Wilcuma Lodge adjacent to Cherry Point Marina in Cowichan Bay.