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WATCH: Championship Restart Panel Discussion

WATCH: Championship Restart Panel Discussion

As part of the recent International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) virtual conference, Tyler Dennis (PGA TOUR, Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations)

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Andrew Putnam excited for first Masters

by Garrett Johnston

Twitter: @JohnstonGarrett

Andrew Putnam is getting ready for his first Masters this week at Augusta National Golf Club.

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72nd Hudson Cup and 29th Senior Hudson Cup Being Held at Meadow Springs

72nd Hudson Cup and 29th Senior Hudson Cup Being Held at Meadow Springs

The 72nd edition of the Hudson Cup will be held October 22-23 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash. The illustrious event

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Research Confirms Environmental Value of Golf Courses

USGA-Funded Research Confirms Environmental Value of Golf Courses

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Oct. 15, 2020) – Through funding provided by the United States Golf Association (USGA), researchers at the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University have reached a key milestone

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PNGA Player of the Year Lara Tennant wins California Senior Women’s Amateur

PNGA Player of the Year Lara Tennant wins California Senior Women’s Amateur

The two-time defending U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., added another prestigious trophy to her mantle

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USGA To Bring Championship To Alaska For First Time

Anchorage Golf Course

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Oct. 7, 2020) – The USGA today announced that Anchorage Golf Course in Anchorage, Alaska, will host the 60th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.

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Former PNGA Player of the Year Christine Wong wins PGA of BC Women’s Championship

Christine Wong (Photo courtesy PGA of BC)

Two rounds of near-flawless golf propelled Christine Wong to a convincing victory in the 2020 PGA of BC Women’s Championship

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‘Butterflies are Free’

Environmental Defense Fund and Audubon International staff visit golf courses throughout the country to see habitat restoration efforts underway.

Golf courses across North America are doing their part to save the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Through Audubon International’s popular “Monarchs in the Rough”

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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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PNGA Features & Blogs

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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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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