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USGA Announces 2021 United States Team for 48th Walker Cup Match

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USGA Announces 11 Final Qualifying Sites on Road to 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Nine U.S. sites, along with Canada and Japan, will host final qualifying; entries open Wednesday

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Hall of Famer Bill Wright passes

Bill Wright, who was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2013 after a career which included being the first Black golfer to win a USGA national championship, passed away on Feb 19.

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USGA and R&A Modernize Amateur Status Rules

The USGA and The R&A have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide.

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USGA Names Mike Whan Its New CEO

The USGA announced that Mike Whan will join the organization this summer as CEO, and will become the eighth top executive in USGA history. 

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2021 PNGA Lamey Cup Canceled

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association alongside our Member Associations have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely

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USGA and R&A Announce Golf Equipment Research Topics and Proposed Equipment Standards Change

The USGA and The R&A are re-engaging with the golf industry on the Distance Insights project, which aims to help achieve a more sustainable long-term future for golf.

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Two Idaho Golf Organizations Announce New Collaboration

Two Idaho Golf Organizations Announce New Collaboration

The Idaho Golf Association and the First Tee of Idaho announced on Monday that beginning this week, they will be co-tenants

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First Tee-British Columbia set to launch

Golf Canada and First Tee is set to launch First Tee-Canada in 2021. The partnership will bring First Tee’s youth development emphasis to strengthen Golf Canada’s junior golf

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Bill Mulflur passes – media supporter of golf

Bill Mulflur

Bill Mulflur, a longtime golf and college sportswriter in the Portland area, passed away on Tuesday, January 6. He was 94.

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R&A confirms revised 2021 championship schedule

The R&A has announced a revised schedule for its amateur championships and international matches in 2021

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Golfing Gorilla has passed into legend

South Sound native and “trainer” to local celebrity golfer The Golfing Gorilla, Tom Tuell passed away on December 6, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer

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Golf Boom 2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

Golf Boom 2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

by Bob Bostwick

During these dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought in our dark hearts of some dark humor, such as ‘What are the upsides

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Youth on Course – 2020 more than ever

Young girl hits a golf shot

The program which provides $5 rounds of golf to kids age 6-18 at participating courses throughout the Pacific Northwest (and, indeed, throughout the U.S.) had a terrific year. For harried parents trying to figure out what activities were safe for their kids during the COVID-19 pandemic and the school closures, Youth on Course was an easy fix for the problem of what to do with kids who suddenly had a lot of time on their hands.

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Wildfire Devastation in the Northwest

by Steve Mims

One month after Tokatee Golf Club was threatened by the Holiday Farm Fire in the early days of September 2020, the picturesque course along the McKenzie Highway

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PNGA Features & Blogs

Coming Clean on COVID on the Course

by Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

The unexpected boom in the game during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused golf course operators to be proactive in keeping golfers safe.

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‘I’m Swinging in the Rain, Just Swinging in the Rain…’

by Crai S. Bower

When Bryson DeChambeau’s tee shot plugged on the third hole at Augusta National during last November’s Masters, wry smiles broke out

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Border Closure Woes – Why I miss golf in the Great White North

by Crai S. Bower

Last month I had finished a perfect fall day of Pacific Northwest golf, when the temperature hovered around 52 degrees

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Border closure creates tough path for Northwest courses

Homestead Farms Golf Club in Lynden, Washington

by John Tipping

Obviously this isn’t your typical golf season.

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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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