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News from the NWGMA

The Writers' Tee - October 2019

The Writers' Tee

News and Notes of the Northwest Golf Media Association

October 2019

Northwest golf and media

We know women are playing golf, but who are they and why are they? And if not, why not? Are young women and girls taking up the game?

The Women in Golf Charter doesn’t purport to have all the answers. It does intend to encourage women, girls and families to play golf and join clubs and, further, to support women entering the golf industry. People in high places in Northwest golf are backing the cause.

British Columbia Golf and the Royal and Ancient teamed up on this post on the BC Golf website about the Golf Leadership Development Programme (note the extra ‘m’ and the superfluous  ‘e’). The post features a photo with Kris Jonasson, BC Golf CEO, who also happens to be NWGMA vice president.

Stateside, Washington Golf (WA Golf) offered this piece that looks a lot like the BC version (but without the extra ‘m’ and the superfluous ‘e’) and notes that the charter has commitments from 153 organizations in the R&A empire (which does not include the US of A).


Speaking of Washington Golf, didn’t it used to be called the Washington State Golf Association?

Yes. WA Golf is the WSGA, rebranded.

Tom Cade, communications director for the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, sent along a release from mid-September when the WSGA – one of four state/provincial associations in the PNGA – transitioned to WA Golf.

The new name, logo and website grew from the association’s launch in 2015 of a first-ever strategic-planning process. Now four years into a five-year plan, and with the centennial of Washington’s golf association looming in 2022, the timing was good, according to the release, to enhance its image through multiple channels, “including digital, social media and marketing collateral.”

The re-branding was guided by Buffalo Agency, a Reston, Va.-based media, marketing and PR firm.

“The WSGA was heavily involved in the entire golf community, not just with our ‘members,’” Cade said.

“And because essentially all golfers (even the non-golfer who picks up a club once every two years) benefit from what we do for the game, we wanted to break away from the notion that the golf association is only a ‘members-only handicap service.’”

Thus, Washington Golf – “Golf for Everyone.” You can call it WA Golf.


The past and future of women’s professional golf in the Northwest are very much in the present for 2020 and beyond.

First, the dates for the 2020 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup have been confirmed for May 29-30, 2020. The 36-hole Legends Tour event will be played for the third consecutive year at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.

The Legends Tour boasts the best LPGA pros 45 and older. Hall of Famer Juli Inkster won the 2019 event, with Portland’s Lara Tennant earning low amateur.

And: The Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s “futures” tour, has announced that Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, will be home to “Road to the LPGA Tour” events for the next three years, beginning with the first Circling Raven Championship Aug. 27-30.

Circling Raven, owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is an amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in the Idaho panhandle, about an hour from Spokane.


John Tipping, former NWGMA president, offered this nice piece in the most recent Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine. It’s about Northwest Indian College near Bellingham, Wash., where its Hospitality and Golf Management program is helping the college meet goals that go far beyond golf.