b'WASHINGTON GOLFOur Guardian Angel RetiresWe will miss Heather Hansens quiet hand as a lobbyist for the golf communityBY PAUL RAMSDELLI ts retirement time for someone who has spent the past two decades as one of the most important individuals in golf in the state of Washington.Retirement, though, isnt going to be filled with golf nearly every day of the week. Instead, its going to be activities like hiking, pottery, travel and photography.Her rise in prominence in the golf world wasnt from lifting trophies over her head. In fact, all shes played in is maybe a half-dozen charity golf events in her life. Thats it.And shes not all that well known, because her value has been behindFor more than two decades, Heather Hansen walked the halls of power in Olympia, lobbying on the scenes. But that value has beenbehalf of the golf community. (Photos by Victoria Davis)immense. Just ask golf course superintendents around the state, or even tax accountants for golf courses. to be a lobbyist, and represent itsThe biggest tax issue was nearly Heather Hansen has beenconcerns, but then the Golf Alliance of20 years ago when the Department the lobbyist in Olympia forWashington got involved and she wasof Revenue, claiming that even when superintendents and the golfwatching out for the entire industry.something is given away for free there community, and has protected theAnd then WA Golf took the lead inneeds to be a state sales tax collected industry in innumerable ways. funding her services, knowing howon that item, wanted to start collecting Most of the time it was stuff behindvaluable she was to the entire golfsales tax from golf courses after theyCOME SPEND THE SUNNYthe scenes that she worked on thatcommunity.gave away free rounds of golf for a never made it out of committee, saidI would say overall Ive probablyjunior program, or a high school team, Steve Kealy, the superintendent atworked more tax issues for golf as aa college golf team, a charity fund- DAYS WITH US!Glendale Country Club in Bellevue. whole than anything, she said. Well,raising tournament. In other words, She was first hired 20 years agoI dont know. Theres been lots ofgolf courses were going to have to by the Western Washington Golfpesticide issues, too. And fertilizer,start paying the state whenever theyHIGHLANDERGC.COMCourse Superintendents Associationand water quality. wanted to help the community. 509-884-GOLF4WASHINGTON GOLF| SEPT 2022 EAST WENATCHEE, WA'