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Originally published Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM

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Flowing Lake and Sumner Meadows golf courses closing

Continuing the trend of recent years, two more local golf courses are closing.

Seattle Times staff

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Continuing the trend of recent years, two more local golf courses are closing next week.

Sumner Meadows, designed by John Harbottle III, will close after Monday’s rounds. Flowing Lake, east of Snohomish, will close after Sunday.

Sumner Meadows has had financial difficulty for years, and earlier this month the Sumner City Council approved the sale of the course to Principal Financial for industrial development. The sale is reportedly for more than $53 million; the city plans to immediately pay off its remaining $5.8 million golf-course debt.

Flowing Lake was hurt by the economic downturn in recent years, seeing its yearly rounds go from a peak of about 30,000 to about 10,000 last year.

On a positive note for local golfers, Holmes Harbor Golf Course at Freeland on Whidbey Island reopened at the end of July after being closed for about four years.

The executive course has water views on 11 of its 18 holes and is a par-64 that measures 4,279 yards.

Amazing feat for Pat Harbottle

Tacoma’s Pat Harbottle, 80, the 1955 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, won her 22nd club championship at Tacoma Country Club this summer.

Harbottle, who won her first club championship at Tacoma Country Club in 1965, has won club titles in each of the past eight decades. She won a title at Seattle’s Jackson Park in the 1940s, at Seattle’s Sand Point Country Club in the 1950s and then at least one club title at Tacoma CC since the 1960s.

Harbottle, who played for the Seattle University men’s golf team, is the mother of renowned golf course designer John Harbottle III, who died last year.

Couples, Stanley give fundraiser some star power

Champions Tour star Fred Couples and PGA Tour pro Kyle Stanley were recent surprise guests at the annual Evans Cup of Washington that raises money for college scholarships for caddies and other teenage golf-industry employees. The event was at Overlake Golf and Country Club. Couples, a Seattle native, was the guest of longtime friend and longtime WSGA supporter John Bracken and shot a 66. Stanley, from Gig Harbor, shot a 69.


• PGA Tour players Andres Gonzales and Troy Kelly and Tour players Michae l and Andrew Putnam had quite a round while playing together last week at Tacoma Country Club.

Gonzales, from Olympia, had nine birdies, and Kelly, a former University of Washington star, had eight.

Michael and Andrew from University Place had five birdies and an eagle and four birdies and an eagle, respectively.

Michael Putnam led the Tour in earnings this past year with $450,184, regaining his PGA Tour card by finishing in the top 25 on the Tour money list. Former UW Husky Alex Prugh finished 11th on the list and also regained his PGA Tour card.

• The big golf opening in the state next summer is guaranteed to draw national attention because of its designer. The course is Gamble Sands outside Brewster in Okanogan County and the designer is David McLay Kidd, best known in these parts as the man who designed Bandon Dunes in Oregon.

Some Northwest golf writers got an early look at the links-style course last week and were impressed. The course is on property owned by the apple and pear goliath Gebbers Farms.

• Earlier this month, 78-year-old Stan Wetzel recorded his 10th hole-in-one at Kenwanda Golf Course in Snohomish.

Freelancer Craig Smith contributed to this report

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