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USGA CEO Mike Davis Announces Departure in 2021

USGA CEO Mike Davis Announces Departure in 2021

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Sept. 22, 2020) – The USGA today announced that CEO Mike Davis will leave the organization by the end of 2021

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Former PNGA Champion Desmarchais wins Canada Life Series Championship

Laurent Desmarchais wins Canada Life Series Championship

Laurent Desmarchais of Quebec shot rounds of 62-67-67 to go wire-to-wire in winning the season-ending Canada Life Series Championship

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Renaissance Man

Durel Billy hits a golf shot

Durel Billy fell in love with the game and with its history, and found numerous ways to give back to it, even though it did not always give back to him

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Tibbits’ run in U.S. Amateur ends in round of 32

Spencer Tibbits’ run in the 2020 U.S. Amateur ended this morning when he was defeated in the round of 32 by Stewart Hagestad, 3&1.

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Spencer Tibbits advances to Round of 32 at U.S. Amateur

Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver, Wash. defeated No. 17 seed Michael Brennan of Leesburg, Va. 2&1 in today’s round of 64 of the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship

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Spencer Tibbits advances to match play at U.S. Amateur

Players at the 2020 U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver, Wash. shot rounds of 70-74 in the two qualifying rounds to make it into the match-play portion of the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship

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Peter Jacobsen cherishes legacy of those who taught him as junior golfer

At a recent Peter Jacobsen One Club fundraiser, benefiting the Jacobsen Youth Initiative and Youth on Course, left to right are David Jacobsen, Rob Cumpston, Peter Jacbosen, Vincent Johnson (director of Portland Parks Golf), and Clark Cumpston. The Cumpstons are concessionaires at Portland’s Eastmoreland GC, and along with the Jacobsen’s huge supporters of junior golf.

by Ron Bellamy

In retrospect, looking back roughly half a century, Peter Jacobsen doesn’t remember the tournaments he played as a youngster as much as the passionate Portland-area

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‘What I did during my COVID-inspired summer vacation’

Two high school softball players, with their season sidelined by the pandemic, find work on a golf course grounds crew

by Steve Mims

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Kennedy Swann falls in quarterfinals at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Kennedy Swann

Kennedy Swann of McKenzie Bridge, Ore. was defeated 1-up by Valery Plata of Colombia in this morning’s quarterfinal match of the U.S. Women’s Amateur

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Swann advances to Quarterfinals at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Kennedy Swann tees off in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

Kennedy Swann of McKenzie Bridge, Ore. advanced to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

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Slama and Swann advance to Round of 32 at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Ellie Slama of Salem, Ore. and Kennedy Swann of McKenzie Bridge, Ore. both advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

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Local players set to compete in U.S. Amateur

Several PNGA players are set to compete in the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championship, taking place this week, August 10-16, at the Bandon Dunes

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Northwest players advance to match play at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Kennedy Swann hits her tee shot at the third hole during the second round of stroke play at the 2020 U.S. Women's Amateur. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

Kennedy Swann of McKenzie Bridge, Ore. shot an impressive 1-under 71 in today’s second round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Women’s Amateur

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Three Northwest Players Competing at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Three players from the Pacific Northwest – Ellie Slama of Salem, Ore., Kennedy Swann of McKenzie Bridge, Ore. and Therese Warner

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2020 U.S. Open to be Held Without Spectators

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 29, 2020) – In partnership with the state of New York, the USGA announced today that due to ongoing health and safety concerns

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PNGA Features & Blogs

On the Road, and Happily So

For Bob and Anne Jones, their casual retirement plans morphed into a love of finding the hidden gems of Scotland and Ireland

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Flipping the Script

Kyle Crawford had competed in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, held at Bandon Dunes.

Nearly two dozen caddies at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort had their games in shape to attempt to qualify for this summer’s U.S. Amateur Championship

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Catching Up With David McLay Kidd

The now-renowned golf course designer gives his take on the soon-to-open short course at Gamble Sands, his renovation of Sand Point CC, and this summer’s U.S. Amateur being held on his course at Bandon Dunes.

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Book Review – two recent biographies capture Tiger Woods’ recent comeback

by John Strawn

Tiger Woods displayed his preternatural golfing genius on TV when he was two. He could read a putt before he could talk. Other than a royal baby, few children have experienced the kind of scrutiny Tiger faced throughout his life. 

But unlike many young phenoms – Ty Tryon, Ryo Ishikawa, and Bobby Clampett come to mind – Tiger flourished as the limelight grew brighter, winning prodigiously as an amateur and surging to the top of the world rankings soon after turning professional.

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What I Did For Love (of the Game) – A Fleeting Visit to Dornoch

by Tony Dear

Sometimes, what we do in life just makes no sense. And our only excuse at the time (and even years later) was that we just had to do it, that there was no way we could not do it.

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Sheep Ranch Musings

Ron Bellamy’s article on the Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch in the February 2020 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine prompted some musings about the future.

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Not the Retiring Kind

Every golf facility throughout the entire Pacific Northwest and B.C. has been touched by the hand, and voice, of Larry Gilhuly

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Game Changer

Northwest Indian College - Kwina Building

There is something happening in the far reaches of our corner of the continent, where a game is becoming more than a game, and its players are becoming more than players

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Laurent Desmarchais wins 118th PNGA Men’s Amateur

Laurent Desmarchais

Lakewood, Wash. – Laurent Desmarchais of Quebec, Canada defeated Josh McCollum of Upland, Calif. 3&2 in the final match to win the 118th Pacific Northwest

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Highsmith goes wire-to-wire to win Sahalee Players Championship

Highsmith goes wire-to-wire to win Sahalee Players Championship

Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash. shot rounds of 70-68-69-74 to win the 25th Sahalee Players Championship, held this week at Sahalee Country Club

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Jeff Strickland wins PNGA Master-40

Jeff Strickland wins PNGA Master-40

Jeff Strickland of Mill Creek, Wash. won the 44th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship, beating Brad Karns of Vancouver, Wash. 3&1

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Pat O’Donnell hangs on for PNGA Senior Men’s Am title; Gary Vanier wins Super Senior in playoff

Pat O’Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore. went wire-to-wire in winning the 55th Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship

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Senior Moments

Senior Moments

Those among us of a certain age have this thing figured out. Band together. Look for like-minded spirits.

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Team WSGA Wins 14th Annual PNGA Cup

Team WSGA mounted a comeback in today’s Singles matches to win the 14th Annual PNGA Cup, held this week at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore.

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How to Play Golf with the Locals

by Jeff Tolman

Over the past 20 years I have had the good fortune to journey to Ireland and Scotland many times

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