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Kevin Sutherland, fresh off a 59, entered in the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour

Kevin Sutherland just one of the many top Champion Tour names entered in the event at TPC Snoqualmie

Special to The Seattle Times


SNOQUALMIE — Kevin Sutherland, who made history by shooting the first 59 in Champions Tour history Saturday, is entered in the Boeing Classic that begins Friday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Sutherland, 50, had a chance to be the first golfer to card a 58 in any PGA Tour-sanctioned event but made his only bogey of the day on the 18th hole at the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y. He missed a 6-foot par putt.

Sutherland opened the historic round with seven birdies and an eagle.

The Boeing Classic field includes 13 winners of major championships, World Golf Hall of Fame members Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer (a five-time winner on the Champions Tour this year), Tom Kite and Sandy Lyle.

The field also includes Chip Beck, who shot 59 on the PGA Tour in the second round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Beck will give the free Emirates Youth Clinic at noon Tuesday on the TPC driving range.

In other news Monday from Snoqualmie Ridge:

• Andy Bean withdrew and Jeff Coston, a teaching pro from Blaine, took his place.

• The annual “Rumble at the Ridge” scramble was won by the fivesome headed by former Sonic Gus Williams with a 13-under 59. Members of the group were Kevin Baldwin, Phil Bussey, Ron Bayley and Erik Strom. Second place at 60 was the group led by NFL Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann.

• Former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg played in the “Rumble” and is optimistic about the Seahawks’ chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions if key players stay healthy. “They are young and they don’t know any better,” Krieg said. “So they are just going to play like they did last year as long as they don’t overthink it. If the coaches keep them playing like they did last year, I don’t see too much of a problem for this team.”

• Jacob Green, a former Seahawks defensive end who lives in College Station, Texas, played in the “Rumble.” Earlier this summer, Green held his 27th annual Seattle-area fundraising tournament to fight cancer. The tournament is in honor of Green’s father, who died of cancer in 1984.

• The clubhouse at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge has undergone a $3 million renovation since the tournament was held last year. The improvements include adding new dining facilities and relocating the pro shop to the front of the clubhouse.

• An Alaska Airlines 737 will be the “flyover plane” to start the tournament Friday at 11:20 a.m. with a low-level cruising about 1,000 feet above the 18th fairway at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The annual flyover is billed as one of the most unusual starting spectacles in U.S. sports. Various Boeing aircraft have done the flyover over the years.

• The 2012 Boeing Classic champion, Jay Don Blake, isn’t entered this year because of injury.

• Defending champion John Riegger is 38th on the money list ($321,044) this year with only two top-10 finishes in 16 events. One of those top 10s came Sunday when he tied for seventh at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Riegger is the youngest winner of the Boeing Classic as he was 2 months and 12 days past his 50th birthday when he won last year.

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