Preparations under way for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay
The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place is being billed as the biggest sporting event in the history of the Northwest, and...
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The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place is being billed as the biggest sporting event in the history of the Northwest, and no one seems to be arguing with that description.
Tickets for the tournament will go on sale to the public on June 9, 2014 and to members of the United States Golf Association about three months earlier on March 1.
Sign-ups to fill the necessary 4,500 volunteer slots won't begin until early in 2014, according to Danny Sink, championship director for the tournament. Many of the volunteers will come from private clubs and from men's and women's clubs at public courses, he said.
Chambers Bay, a public course south of Tacoma, was the site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the USGA monitored the course closely to decide what changes to make for the U.S. Open. As a result, 12 of the 18 holes have been modified, according to course architect Bruce Charlton, who works for the noted firm of Robert Trent Jones II.
One of the most notable changes is addition of a deep, wicked fairway bunker on the 18th hole.
More information is available at www.Chambersbaygolf.com.
Boeing Classic wins
The Boeing Classic continued its streak of winning a major Champions Tour award at the end of last season.
The tournament won the circuit's Business Affairs Award.
In 2011 the tournament won the Players Award, and in 2010 it won the President's Award.
This year's tournament will be the ninth and is set for Aug. 23-25 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Jay Don Blake is the defending champion.
Among the golfers who have turned 50 since last year's Boeing Classic and are eligible to play in Champions Tour events are Seattle native Rick Fehr, Rocco Mediate, Steve Elkington, John Inman, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Bart Bryant and Oregon resident Brian Henninger.
returns to Chambers
Brian Mogg, the nationally acclaimed instructor who grew up in Tacoma, is bringing his academy back to Chambers Bay for the third straight year.
The 3 ½-hour classes focus on all aspects of the game, and include instruction from Mogg, as well as PGA instructors Brent Zepp and Ryan Young. Ken Still, a former Ryder Cup member and winner on the PGA Tour, helps out at many classes.
There are also classes this year for juniors and alumni of the program. Classes begin April 20 and are held on select weekends throughout the summer.
For more information, go to http://www.chambersbaygolf.com/moggperformance.
PNGA Hall of Fame
Bill Wright, the Franklin High School graduate who was the first African American to win a USGA national title, is among five who will be honored April 26 at a combined induction dinner for two halls of fame.
Wright, who played at Western Washington, won the 1959 U.S. Public Links championship. Wright, who lives in Los Angeles, will be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame along with Bruce Richards of Seattle and Alison Murdock of Victoria, B.C.
Richards is a former University of Washington golfer who served on the executive committee of the U.S. Golf Association from 2001 to 2005. Murdock has been an outstanding Canadian senior golfer.
Entering the hall of fame of the Northwest section of the PGA of America will be Jeff Coston of Blaine and Mike Dowaliby of Whitefish, Mont.
Coston has won 19 Northwest majors and the 2006 national club-pro championship. In 1991, he won the 1991 Shreveport Open on what was then called the Hogan Tour.
• The public White Horse Golf Club outside Kingston has opened a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse that features a fireplace with a 28-foot-tall slate chimney inside the structure. The clubhouse is envisioned as a site for meetings, banquets, reunions, weddings and other events for Puget Sound-area residents.
Amenities include three outdoor fire pits where golfers can gather for food or post-round drinks.
White Horse is owned by the business arm of the Suquamish Tribe. The tribe also owns the Clearwater Casino.
• A radio show called "Northwest Golf Show" started this month on 710 (AM) ESPN at 8 a.m. on Sundays. The co-hosts are Shon Crewe and Jim Moore.
• Golf Digest's top 10 courses (private and public) in Washington: 1, Sahalee Country Club; 2, Chambers Bay; 3, The Members Club at Aldarra, Fall City; 4, Tumble Creek at Suncadia; 5, Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver; 6, Salish Cliffs, Shelton; 7, Palouse Ridge, Pullman; 8, Desert Canyon, Orondo; 9, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge; 10, Canterwood Golf and Country Club, Gig Harbor.
• Golfweek's 2013 list of best "courses you can play" in Washington: 1, Chambers Bay; 2, Wine Valley, Walla Walla; 3, Salish Cliffs, Shelton; 4, Palouse Ridge, Pullman; 5, Loomis Trail, Blaine; 6, Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton; 7, Semiahmoo, Blaine; 8, Trophy Lake Golf and Casting, Port Orchard; 9, Desert Canyon, Orondo (outside Wenatchee); 10, Prospector, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum.
Scott Hanson contributed.