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Jacob Koppenberg Medals in U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Lake Spanaway

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Jacob Koppenberg of Bellingham, Wash. shot rounds of 66-66 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 71 players who competed today in 36-hole U.S. Amateur Sectional qualifying

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WSGA Player of the Year Derek Bayley wins Rosauers for second time

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Derek Bayley wins second Rosauers Open

Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho won the 2018 Rosauers Open Invitational by three strokes after firing rounds of 72-62-66-200

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Volunteer for Special Olympics Washington this Summer!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Volunteer for Special Olympics Washington

Special Olympics Washington is getting ready for their summer season events and are looking for volunteers. Four golf tournaments across Washington will be held.

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Ryan Moore returns to Scotland for his seventh Open Championship

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Ryan Moore set to compete in British Open

by Garrett Johnston
@JohnstonGarrett

Cascade Christian grad Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash. heads to Scotland next week for the oldest championship in golf, The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links.

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Scott Rohrer from South Carolina Wins Third Straight Special Olympics USA Games Gold

Sunday, July 8th, 2018
Special Olympics USA Games Golf Recap

by Steve Bruce

Scott Rohrer of Team South Carolina added a third gold medal to his trophy case on

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USGA Announces Revisions to Selection Process for International Team Competitions

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The USGA announced today a series of revisions to the association’s selection process for international teams that will now provide for some automatic selections

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Benzin leads wire-to-wire to win Washington State Women’s Amateur, Fallgren defends Mid-Amateur title

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
Benzin and Fallgren Capture State Titles

Olivia Benzin of Tacoma shot rounds of 69-72-77 to win the 25th Washington State Women’s Amateur; Victoria Fallgren

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Folsom wins Senior Women’s Amateur in playoff; Ursino captures Super Senior; Benzin builds lead in Women’s Am; Shek leads Mid-Am

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Folsom and Ursino earn Senior and Super Senior titles

Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, Wash. shot rounds of 78-75 to win

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Benzin leads big in WSGA Women’s Amateur; Fallgren, Shek lead Mid-Amateur; Herbert leads Senior Amateur; Madison leads in Super Senior

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
WSGA Women's Ams: Round one recap

Olivia Benzin of Tacoma fired a 3-under par 69 to take a big early lead

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WSGA Women’s Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior and Super Senior Women’s Championships Being Held at Lake Spanaway

Monday, June 25th, 2018
Women's Amateur Championships being held at Lake Spanaway

The 25th Washington State Women’s Amateur Championship is being held concurrently

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Chandler McDowell Medals at U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at The Club at Rock Creek

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Alta. shot 1-under par 71 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 40 players

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Lauryn Nguyen Medals at U.S. Girls’ Junior Qualifier at Fircrest Golf Club

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle shot 3-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 50 players

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USGA’s official statement on ruling of Phil Mickelson during third round of U.S. Open

Monday, June 18th, 2018

There appears to be some continued uncertainty about the basis of the ruling with Phil Mickelson during the third round of the 118th U.S. Open

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Debby King Medals in U.S. Senior Women’s Open Qualifying at Fairwood

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Qualifier held for inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open

Debby King of Eugene, Ore. shot 3-over 74 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 14 players who competed today in U.S. Senior Women’s

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Hatley and McCullough make good showing in Mexican Amateur

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
McCullough, Hatley make good showing at Mexican Amateur

Drew McCullough of Richland, Wash. and Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho both finished high on the leaderboard

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Philip Jonas Medals in U.S. Senior Open Qualifying at Cedars at Dungeness

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Philip Jonas of Surrey, B.C. shot 3-under 69 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 43 players who competed today in U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying at the par-72 Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim, Wash.

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Trish Johnson Wins Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

Monday, June 11th, 2018
Trish Johnson wins Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

Great Britain’s Trish Johnson woke up her putter and closed out the win in The Legends Tour’s inaugural Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

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USGA to Hold 2019 Golf Innovation Symposium in Tokyo

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Furthering the organization’s commitment to invest in innovative research, invite broad discussion about the game and deliver impactful technological advances

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WSGA selects McCullough and Hatley to represent Washington in Mexican Amateur

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
McCullough and Hatley to represent Washington in Mexican Amateur

Drew McCullough of Richland, Wash. and Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho have been selected by the Washington State

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Putnam and Babcock advance to U.S. Open through Sectional Qualifying

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Putnam and Babcock advance through Sectionals to U.S. Open

Michael Putnam of University Place, Wash. and Christopher Babcock of Shoreline, Wash. have advanced through 36-hole Sectional qualifying

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Nick Bivins named 1A high school Coach of the Year

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Nick Bivins, who coaches the boys’ golf team at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, was named “Coach of the Year” for the 1A Nisqually League.

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Field set for Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup; WSGA members receive ticket discounts

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Field set for Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

The Legends Tour has announced its 30-player tournament field for the inaugural Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

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Two Northwest teams fall in semis at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Northwest Teams fall in semis at U.S. Four-Ball

The teams of Kyle Cornett of Seattle and Patrick Sato of Bellevue, and of Carson Barry of Eagle, Idaho and Sam Tidd of Meridian, Idaho both fell in their semifinal matches

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WSGA Players of the Year Kwon and Peters win high school state titles

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Players of the Year Kwon and Peters win high school titles

Brittany Kwon of Bremerton, Wash. has won the 2018 3A High School Girls’ State Golf Championship

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Folsom and Fallgren win Washington State Women’s Best-Ball

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Folsom and Fallgren win WSGA Women's Best-Ball

Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, Wash. and Victoria Fallgren of Spokane teamed to shoot rounds of 68-69 to win the 19th Washington State Women's Best-Ball Championship

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Bill Ackerley hired as new WWGCSA executive director

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Bill Ackerley hired as new WWGCSA executive director

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association (WWGCSA) has announced the hiring of Bill Ackerley as its new executive director.

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Moses Lake GC Welcomes 19th Washington State Women’s Best-Ball

Monday, May 21st, 2018
Moses Lake GC Welcomes 19th WSGA Women's Best-Ball

Moses Lake (Wash.) Golf Club is hosting the 19th Washington State Women's Best-Ball Championship, conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).

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Beatty and Bakke capture Washington State Men’s Best-Ball; Shanks and Blade win Senior Men’s Best-Ball

Friday, May 18th, 2018
Final Recap: WSGA Men's and Senior Men's Best-Ball Championship

Austin Beatty of Mill Creek, Wash. and Luke Bakke of Seattle pulled away from the field with rounds of 68-61 to win

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Hair and Johnson seize lead in 62nd Men’s Best-Ball; Shanks and Blade go low to lead 25th Senior Men’s Best-Ball

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Round one recap: WSGA Men's and Senior Men's Best-Ball

The duo of Nate Hair of Edwall, Wash. and Scott Johnson of Richland blistered their second nine today to take control

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Northwest Women’s Open

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Featuring the top women amateurs and PGA and teaching club professionals from around the country.

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62nd Washington State Men’s Best-Ball and 25th Senior Men’s Best-Ball Championship Being Held at Wine Valley

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Men's & Sr. Men's Best-Ball Championship held this week

Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash. is the venue this week

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USGA and R&A Launch Golf’s Global Distance Insights Project

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

The USGA and the R&A have launched a comprehensive project to analyze distance in golf and gather perspectives from the worldwide golf community.

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Becky Morgan Medals in U.S. Women’s Open Qualifying at Rainier G&CC

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Becky Morgan of Wales shot rounds of 72-71 to take medalist honors at U.S. Women’s Open Sectional qualifying held today at Rainier Golf & Country Club in Seattle, Wash.

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WSGA Executive Director/CEO Troy Andrew joins “Q it up Sports” on Q13FOX

Monday, May 14th, 2018

WSGA Executive Director Troy Andrew joined Q13 Sports Director Aaron Levine on "Q It Up Sports" Sunday night to promote the WA Golf Pass

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An Icon of the Golf Industry Retires

Monday, May 14th, 2018
An Icon of the Golf Industry Retires

By Troy Andrew, PNGA/WSGA CEO/Executive Director

(This article can be seen in the May 2018 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine)

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Joel Skarbo Medals in U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Wine Valley

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Joel Skarbo of Seattle, Wash. shot 2-under 70 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 75 players who competed today in U.S. Open Local qualifying at the par-72 Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash.

Joel Skarbo

Along with Skarbo, four other players will also advance from this Local qualifier to the Sectional qualifier.

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Drew McCullough looks to defend title at Washington Open Invitational

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
McCullough looks to defend title at Washington Open Invitational

by Todd Milles

Sure, like any NCAA Division I golf standout, Drew McCullough wished his University of Wyoming squad had gone further in last spring’s postseason.

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USGA Increases Commitment to Growing the Game Through PLAY9 Program

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
USGA Grows the Game through PLAY9 Program

As part of its ongoing efforts to grow the game within local golf communities, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced plans to celebrate the fifth year

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Woolsey Medals in U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Meridian Valley

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Noah Woolsey of Pleasanton, Calif. shot 6-under 66 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 96 players who competed today in U.S. Open Local qualifying at the par-72 Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.

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Washington’s Wendy Ward Makes Legends Debut in Kingston

Friday, May 4th, 2018
Wendy Ward set to make Legends Debut

Four-time LPGA champion Wendy Ward may get a chance to repeat some history in June when The Legends Tour comes to the Greater Seattle area.

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2018 Washington Open Invitational Media Day

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

The 2018 Washington Open Invitational takes place May 21-23 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.

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Golf’s economic impact on display at 2018 National Golf Day on Capitol Hill

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
11th Annual National Golf Day

by Garrett Johnston

Wednesday, April 25, marked the 11th annual National Golf Day. Many of us celebrated at our office desks

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McCaslin, Lawrence, Brandes and Folsom Claim Titles in 9th WSGA Champion of Champions

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
Champions Crowned at WSGA Champion of Champions

The 9th Washington State Golf Association Champion of Champions concluded play today at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

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Low numbers after first round at WSGA Champion of Champions

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Low numbers after first round at Champ of Champs

After today’s first round at the 9th Annual WSGA Champion of Champions, Rylee Iacolucci of Renton, Wash. led the pack in the Men’s division by shooting a 5-under 67

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WSGA Launches Championship Season with 9th Annual Champion of Champions

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
2018 WSGA Championship Season Begins

The first round of the 9th Annual WSGA Champion of Champions, conducted by the Washington State Golf Association, will tee off on Tuesday, April 24 at The Home Course

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The Right Stuff

Thursday, April 12th, 2018
The Right Stuff

Justin Gravatt brings all the best qualities, and for all the right reasons, to his position as PGA head pro at The Home Course

by Bart Potter

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New Golf Rules are Player-Friendly

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

by Rob Lundgren

Player-friendly. Modern. Sensible. These are the most common responses one hears

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Former WSGA Player of the Year Kyle Stanley makes second trip to Masters

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Kyle Stanley headed to second Masters Tournament

by Garrett Johnston

Kyle Stanley enters his second Masters this week playing some very good golf.

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Taighan Chea wins Boys 7-9 title in Drive, Chip & Putt Finals at Augusta

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Taighan Chea wins at Drive, Chip, & Putt Championships

Taighan Chea of Bothell, Wash. took home the title in the Boys 7-9 age division at the National Finals

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WSGA Selects Team for 13th Annual PNGA Cup

Thursday, March 29th, 2018
WSGA Selects Team for PNGA Cup

The Washington State Golf Association’s (WSGA) Championship Selection Committee has announced its team to represent the Association at the 13th PNGA Cup

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Win a spot in LPGA Legends Pro-Am

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Tee it up in the White Horse Women's Team Scramble on June 6, 2018 and if your group posts the lowest gross or net team score your two-woman team

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Imperial partners with Washington State Golf Association

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Imperial Headwear partners with WSGA

BOURBON, MO. - Imperial Headwear, the No. 1 headwear brand for private and resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM)

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2018 Women’s Golf Day happens June 5

Monday, March 26th, 2018
2018 Women's Golf Day happens June 5

Fast approaching Year 3, Women’s Golf Day is a one-day event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime.

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The Lasting Impact of Brooks Whittle

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
The Lasting Impact of Brooks Whittle

Brooks K. Whittle of Seattle passed away on February 24, 2018. He was 89.

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Four local juniors head to Augusta for the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Local juniors qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt Finals

Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club

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Video: Course Rating Overview

Monday, March 12th, 2018

WSGA Senior Director of Handicapping & Course Rating John Saegner Jr. and WSGA Director of Handicapping & Course Rating Kevin Jones took the stage

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Golf’s Modernized Rules Released

Monday, March 12th, 2018
Golf's Modernized Rules Released

The United States Golf Association and The Royal & Ancient have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented January 1, 2019.

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WSGA CEO Troy Andrew joins Pro Golf Podcast to discuss the Washington Golf Pass

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

WSGA CEO and Executive Director Troy Andrew recently joined Justin Morrison and Brandon Wilhelm from Pro Golf Seattle on the Pro Golf Podcast

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USGA Announces 2018 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Sites

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (March 6, 2018) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced sectional qualifying sites for the 118th U.S. Open Championship

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USGA and R&A Release 2017 Distance Report

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The Royal & Ancient and the United States Golf Association have completed the annual review of driving distance in golf

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Local junior Montgomery Ferreira earns invitation to LPGA Major Championship qualifier

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Montgomery Ferreira earns invitation to LPGA Major qualifier

Montgomery Ferreira of University Place, Wash. has been selected to compete in the

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USGA Announces Revised Playoff Format Across All Open Championships

Monday, February 26th, 2018
USGA Announces Revised Playoff Format

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced a revised playoff format for all four of its Open Championships

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Fund started for Ken Still Memorial

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Fund started for Ken Still Memorial

A committee has formed to raise funds to permanently honor Ken Still for his contribution as Tacoma’s greatest golf ambassador and one of the top athletes

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Golf’s new World Handicap System designed to welcome more golfers; feedback period begins

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Golf's new World Handicap System (WHS)

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Royal & Ancient (R&A) have announced key features of the

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Seattle to host 2018 USA Special Olympic Games; golf included as one of the sports

Friday, February 16th, 2018
Seattle to host 2018 USA Special Olympic Games

Seattle, Washington will play host to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, the national games for Special Olympics in the United States.

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LPGA Foundation offers scholarships to young female golfers

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The 2018 LPGA Foundation scholarships are now available for application. These scholarship opportunities are available for all female junior golfers, and are not limited to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf participants.

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U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship Trophy Unveiled

Monday, February 5th, 2018
U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship Trophy Unveiled

The USGA unveiled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship Trophy at its Annual Meeting in Miami, Fla., held Feb 2-4, 2018.

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Mark Newell elected as 65th USGA president; past PNGA president Cliff Shahbaz, former IGA board of director Stephen Beebe remain on Executive Comittee

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Mark Newell of McLean, Va. has been elected to serve a one-year term as the 65th

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WSGA launches free Washington Golf Pass

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
WSGA launches free Washington Golf Pass

On February 1, 2018, the Washington State Golf Association launched a brand new benefit for WSGA members.

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USGA Announces Winners of 2018 Service Awards

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the game of golf, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced its annual Service Awards winners.

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Joel Belsvik passes; former PNGA Distinguished Service Award recipient

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Joel Belsvik of Bellevue, Wash. passed away on January 19. He was 95. Joel spent his career as a Civil Servant, and in retirement he became a devoted volunteer

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Longtime WSGA volunteer George Egge passes

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Longtime WSGA volunteer George Egge passes

George Egge, a longtime volunteer for the WSGA, passed away on January 13 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 88.

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Washington junior Zach Huang featured on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive

Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Washington junior featured on Golf Channel's Morning Drive

Seattle native Zach Huang, a finalist at the 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship held at August National last April, was featured by the Golf Channel on their Morning Drive

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WWGCSA Loses a Friend in Andy Soden

Friday, January 19th, 2018
WWGCSA Loses a Friend in Andy Soden

Andy Soden, a member of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and a leader among superintendents for decades, passed away earlier this month

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WSGA Strengthens Partnership with USGA

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
WSGA Strengthens Partnership with USGA

New USGA regional golf association alliance created to support and stimulate grassroots community golf programs

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Qualifying schedule announced for 2019 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The United States Golf Association, Masters Tournament and PGA of America have officially launched the sixth year of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

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UW Evans Scholars select their Executive Board

Monday, January 8th, 2018
UW Evans Scholars select Executive Board

The very first executive board of the University of Washington Evans Scholars was announced on January 7, following elections that were held on the Seattle campus.

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