Boeing Classic turns 10, will remain at TPC Snoqualmie
The tournament has developed into one of the most popular and lauded stops on the Champions Tour. It has won one of the Tour’s major awards each of the past four years
The Seattle Times
The Boeing Classic and TPC Snoqualmie Ridge have reached agreement to keep the Champions Tour stop at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at least through 2016.
Arcis Equity of Dallas bought the clubhouse and course from BrightStar Golf Group of Carlsbad, Calif., last year. BrightStar had purchased it from Quadrant Homes in 2008.
The Boeing Classic turns 10 this year and will be played Aug. 22-24.
The tournament has developed into one of the most popular and lauded stops on the Champions Tour. It has won one of the Tour’s major awards each of the past four years.
The tournament has one of the most unusual starts in all sports — a low-altitude flyover by a Boeing plane. The winner is presented with a bomber jacket in an 18th-green ceremony. Last year, the jacket was won by John Riegger and it was his first win on the Champions Tour.
Mogg adds Kelly to list of students
Brian Mogg, who grew up in Lakewood and is a nationally renowned coach, is now working with former UW golfer Troy Kelly along with Seattle’s Jeff Gove. Kelly is returning to the PGA Tour after missing almost a year after right knee surgery and will get 14 starts to make $563,133 or earn 354 FedExCup points to retain his PGA Tour card.
Gove is playing on the Web.com Tour after recently being on the PGA Tour.
Mogg will run golf academies at Chambers Bay for the fifth year, with dates beginning in April. Mogg, who briefly played on the PGA Tour, has opened three new academies, including one in Seoul, South Korea.
For more information on the academies at Chambers Bay, go to http://chambersbaygolf.com/moggperformance.
• Construction is under way on the new clubhouse and double-deck, 50-stall driving range at Jefferson Golf Course and both are expected to open in December, according to Paul Wilkinson, director of golf services for the city of Seattle. Higher nets will keep shots from the second deck from leaving the range.
A temporary irons-only range is available while the construction continues.
Wilkinson said construction will begin on the double-deck, 50-stall driving range at Jackson Park on May 5 with the project expected to be completed by September and possibly earlier. The Jackson project was delayed when initial bids were too high.
• Construction of a double-decker, 48-station driving range at Bellevue Golf Course will begin in late August or September, according to general manager Troy Rodvold. The new range, with its heated stations, will be built behind the current single-level range.
• A national tournament will be played for the last time in July on The Home Course in DuPont in Pierce County.
The 2014 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship will run from July 14-19.
The United States Golf Association is replacing the men’s and women’s Publinks with four-ball (best ball) tournaments for men and women in 2015.
The two Publinks tournaments are the first USGA championships to be terminated. The tournaments have come to be dominated by college players while the intention was to provide a national championship for golfers who had jobs and didn’t belong to private clubs. Another factor in the decision is the 1979 USGA decision to open all its tournaments to public-course players.
The Men’s Amateur Public LInks was first played in 1922 and is the USGA’s fourth-oldest championship. The WAPL dates to 1977. The first African-American golfer to win a USGA championship was Franklin High School grad Bill Wright, who won the U.S. Public Links 1959. Current PGA Tour player Ryan Moore from Puyallup won the tournament in 2002 and 2004. Heather Graff of Kennewick won the WAPL in 1996.
The 2006 men’s Publinks was held on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Complex outside Bremerton.
• High Cedars Golf Club in Orting is the home course of boys and girls teams from five high schools — Puyallup, Orting, Cascade Christian, Rodgers and Bonney Lake.
General Manager John A. Benedetti said the public course feels a commitment to help grow the game. He said the payback comes when high schoolers grow up and return to the course as adults and tell something like, “I live in Bellevue now but this was my home course in high school. I wanted to play it again.”
• The Web.com Tour is stopping in Portland this year. The WinCo Foods Portland Open will be played on the Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Aug. 21-24. The final three days coincide with the Champions Tour stop at the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, which means two of the PGA Tour’s three tours will be in the Northwest at the same time.
The Portland stop will be the final regular-season event on the Web.com Tour and the top 25 golfers in the season’s standings at the end of the event will earn PGA Tour cards. An earlier stop will be July 17-20 at the Boise Open at the Hillcrest Country Club.
Portland also gets a visit from the LPGA Tour the following week when the Portland Classic will be played at the Columbia-Edgewater Country Club Aug. 28-31.
• The Swinomish Tribe bought Similk Beach Golf Course outside Anacortes last fall and has changed its name to Swinomish Golf Links.
• A robot is teaching golf on Beacon Hill these days. Well, OK, a golf pro is involved, too.
Jeff Shaw, a Seattle based PGA instructor and the owner of one of only four RoboGolfPro swing trainers in the U.S., is teaching golf using the German-engineered device at RedBird Sports.
Using calibrations that use such factors as a golfer’s physique and flexibility, the robot is set to perform the best possible swing. The golfer then grips a club and the 840-pound robot guides the club and golfer through the swing repeatedly, building muscle memory. The speed of the club is increased as the golfer becomes more accustomed to the swing.
The cost is $250 an hour and the first session is two hours.
The robot is available for appearances at summer golf events such as company tournaments.
• Three more Puget Sound area golf courses have closed in the past 12 months.
Bayshore Golf Course, a 9-hole public course on Puget Sound outside Shelton, closed on Dec. 31.
In September, Flowing Lake Golf Course outside Snohomish and Sumner Meadows Golf Course outside Sumner both closed.
Bayshore became the 15th golf course in the Greater Puget Sound region to close in the past four years. Two — Holmes Harbor on Whidbey Island and Carnation (now Blue Heron Golf Course) — have reopened.
• Cascade Golfer, a Puetz publication, surveyed golfers, golf writers and people in the golf industry last fall to get a ranking of the 10 best open-to-the-public courses in the state. The rankings: 1, Chambers Bay, University Place; 2, Gold Mountain-Olympic course, Bremerton; 3, Wine Valley Golf Club, Walla Walla; 4, Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Shelton; 5, Palouse Ridge Golf Club, WSU campus, Pullman; 6, Washington National, Auburn; 7, The Home Course, DuPont; 8, Prospector, Suncadia Resort; 9, White Horse Golf Club, Kingston; 10, Desert Canyon, Orondo (north of Wenatchee).
(bullet) Former Seattle Times columnist Blaine Newnham has written “America’s St. Andrews” about Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. The book is scheduled for release Oct. 1 and is a hardbound coffee-table book chronicling the history of Chambers Bay from gravel pit to site of the first U.S. Open to be played in the Northwest. Chambers Bay, south of Tacoma in University Place, is a public course owned by Pierce County. The book has a website, www.AmericasStAndrews.com, that includes a short video interview of Newnham. The book’s foreword is written by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course’s architect.
• Mill Creek Country Club brought on a new management company, Sequoia Golf Group, last fall. It is Sequoia’s first course in the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Hanson of The Seattle Times contributed to this report.