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Exemptions Finalized for 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 1, 2020) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the exemption categories for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship

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Northwest Women’s Open to be held July 20-22

The annual Northwest Women’s Open is set for July 20-22 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way, Wash. The event is open to both professionals and amateurs.

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PNGA Cancels Remainder of 2020 Championship Season

With the recent spike in cases surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns with contestants traveling from all parts of the Pacific Northwest

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Tom Brandes wins PNGA Master-40

Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. won the 45th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship, beating Dana Christianson of Tacoma, Wash.

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Brandes and Christianson to meet in final match at PNGA Master-40

Salishan Golf Links

After 36 holes of qualifying and four matches played, Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. and Dana Christianson of Tacoma, Wash. will square off in the final

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Exemptions Announced for 2020 U.S. Open Championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (June 25, 2020) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the exemption categories for the 120th U.S. Open Championship

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Brandes advances in PNGA Master-40 match play

Salishan Golf Links

The rounds of 32 and 16 were held today in the 45th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship, being held this week at the par-71 Salishan Golf Links

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Waiting Her Turn

Gabby won three Idaho Women’s State Amateur titles (2013, 2015, 2017).

Gabby Lemieux is a three-time Idaho state champion who now is trying her hand at the professional level. She’s keeping her eye on the prize, during these long lock-down layoffs.

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Brandes Medals at Master-40; Match-Play Bracket Set

Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. shot rounds of 71-72 to earn medalist honors in qualifying at the 45th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship

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Anybody’s game after first round of qualifying at PNGA Master-40

In today’s first round of qualifying at the 45th Pacific Northwest Master-40, the weather conditions were benign at Salishan Golf Links

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45th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur to be held at Salishan

Salishan Golf Links

The 45th Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship is being held June 22-26 at Salishan Golf Links in Gleneden Beach, Ore.

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Exemption Categories Announced for 2020 U.S. Amateur & Women’s Amateur

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (June 17, 2020) – The USGA today announced the exemption categories for the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

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Jeff Simonds – COVID, Sheep Ranch, and the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes

Jeff Simonds

The director of operations at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Jeff Simonds, talks about the resort’s proactive decision to close the resort for six weeks to address

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PGA Tour returns this week – interview with Mike Zinga

Charles Schwab Challenge

This week the PGA Tour returns with the Charles Schwab Challenge being held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Past PNGA President Raymond ‘Spike’ Beeber passes

Spike Beeber (right) finished runner-up in the 1946 National Jaycee Junior Golf Championship, held that year at Spokane’s Indian Canyon GC. He lost in the 36-hole final match to eventual PNGA Hall of Famer Al Mengert (center). (Photo courtesy Spokesman-Review)

A true gentleman and legendary tournament golfer in the Northwest for decades, who had spent many years dedicated to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, Raymond “Spike” Beeber passed away on June 2, 2020.

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PNGA Features & Blogs

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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Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup both finish in a draw

The 70th edition of the Hudson Cup Matches concluded at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina, Wash.

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Jackie Little wins third title in PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur; Holly Horwood repeats at Super Senior

Jackie Little (Procter, B.C.) shot rounds of 72-81 to win the 32nd Pacific Northwest

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