b'THATChampionshipEXPERIENCESCOTTYCROUTHAMELLEAVES THEPNGA,TAKINGHISSKILLS TOTHEPROFESSIONALRANKSBY CHRISTIAN LOVALLOA fter 20 yearsand season upon season of long days and two-tee starts and playoffs and weather delays, of an entire generation of golfers hitting away off his first tees, of tens of thousands of miles driven to golf courses all over the Pacific Northwest, of innumerable rulings and scorecards and course markingsScotty Crouthamel is moving on.For nearly two decades, Scotty has been on staff with the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and Washington Golf, all of it spent in the associations championship departments. He has been the man behind the scenes as the senior director of rules and competition, molding and refining the PNGA and Washington Golf championships until they became the standard of excellence for competitive golf in the region. In late 2021, Scotty moved to greener fairways, taking on the role of tournament referee with the Korn Ferry Tour, the feeder circuit for the PGA TOUR.The game means the world to Scotty. When asked why he gravitated toward championship administration, he said, I knew early on I wanted to always be on the ground in one form or another.Growing up in Elma, Wash. Scotty got his start in the game working at the local public layout, Oaksridge Golf Course, and through that he earned an Evans Scholarship to theScotty at his beston the course, consulting with competitors University of Washington. and meting out rulings when needed. Left to right are Alfred While attending the UW, he served as anRaja (champion), Scotty, and Jordan Lee (runner-up) at the Evans Scholar intern in 2002 with the WA Golf2021 PNGA Mens Amateur at The Idaho Club in Sandpoint. 34PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER| DEC 2021'