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Washington State Golf Association Developing New Brand and Website

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
WSGA partners with Buffalo.Agency

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) – a non-profit organization representing over 675 clubs and nearly 70,000 golfers

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Global ranking for golfers with disabilities to launch in 2019

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Global ranking for golfers with disabilities to launch in 2019

The USGA and R&A will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities, which will help to grow participation and competition around the world and to promote inclusivity

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Golf’s New Rules: The Flagstick

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Under the new Rules of Golf, there will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole.

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Team Washington among those competing in PGA Jr. League Championship

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Team Washington to compete in PGA Jr. League Championship

Twelve All-Star Teams of 10 junior golfers have won their respective Regional competitions to advance

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USGA Names Tom Dudley as 2019 Joe Dey Award Recipient

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The United States Golf Association has named Tom Dudley, of Jacksonville, Fla., as the recipient of its 2019 Joe Dey Award.

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Golf’s New Rules: Unplayable Ball in Bunker

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Get familiar with the some of the changes in the new Rules of Golf, before they go into effect on January 1, 2019.

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2018 George Holland Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: Ernie Lockwood

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Volunteer of the Year: Ernie Lockwood

The WSGA is proud to award Ernie Lockwood the 2018 WSGA George Holland Volunteer of the Year Award.

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Keith Dawkins stepping down from The First Tee

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The World Golf Foundation (WGF) Board of Directors announced today that Keith Dawkins, who joined The First Tee as incoming CEO last year, will be leaving the organization.

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Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup both finish in a draw

Friday, October 19th, 2018
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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Washington State Golf Association Names 2018 Players of the Year

Friday, October 19th, 2018
WSGA selects 2018 Players of the Year

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) has announced the 2018 Player of the Year recipients.

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70th Hudson Cup and 27th Senior Hudson Cup Being Held at Overlake

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup both finish in a draw

The 70th edition of the Hudson Cup will be held October 18-19 at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina, Wash.

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USGA and R&A finalize limits on use of green-reading materials

Monday, October 15th, 2018
USGA and R&A finalize limits on green-reading materials

The USGA and R&A have published the finalized interpretation on the use of green-reading materials in golf, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

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PNGA Player of the Year Lara Tennant captures U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Monday, October 15th, 2018
Lara Tennant wins U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

Lara Tennant arrived at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club having won just one match in a USGA amateur championship in eight starts.

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Northwest players advance at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Northwest players advance at U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

Five players from the Northwest have advanced through to match play at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

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What is Course Rating?

Friday, October 5th, 2018
What is Course Rating?

Get an inside look at the process of rating a golf course and how the numbers for Course Rating and Slope Rating are determined for each course.

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Strong Northwest representation at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Northwest competitors head to U.S. Senior Women's Am

The field is set for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, taking place October 6-11 at Orchid Island Golf

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USGA announces U.S. Junior field increase in 2020

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Aligning with ongoing initiatives to expand its support of junior golf, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced

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Brandes takes his fifth title at Washington State Senior Amateur; Lindbjerg wins third title in Super Senior

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Brandes wins Senior Am; Lindbjerg takes Super Senior

Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. shot scores of 68-76-73 in going wire-to-wire to win the 32nd

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Evans Scholars Foundation Opens Scholarship House at UW

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Evans Scholars Foundation opens house at UW

The Evans Scholars Foundation celebrated the opening of its first Scholarship House at the University of Washington on Sept. 23.

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Brandes maintains lead at WSGA Senior Amateur; Lindbjerg and Lundy tied in Super Senior

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
WSGA Senior & Super Senior Men's Ams: Round two recap

Tom Brandes of Bellevue followed up yesterday’s 4-under 68 with a 4-over 76 to stand at even-par

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Local juniors to compete in PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The field of 81 PGA TOUR Champions players and 81 junior golfers is set for the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee

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Brandes sprints to first round lead at WSGA Senior; Lundy leads in Super Senior

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
WSGA Senior & Super Senior Men's Ams: Round one recap

Tom Brandes of Bellevue birdied all four par-5s in today’s first round of the 32nd Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur on his way to a 4-under-par 68.

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Home Course to host PGA Jr. League Regional

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The Home Course will host a PGA Jr. League Regional presented by National Car Rental Sept. 29-30.

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WSGA Senior and Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championships to be held this week at Port Ludlow

Monday, September 24th, 2018
WSGA Senior & Super Senior Championships preview

The 32nd Washington State Senior Men’s and the 11th Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championships

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USGA and R&A Invite Global Golf Community to Share Perspectives and Relevant Data on Distance in Golf

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A global online questionnaire and data-gathering exercise on distance in golf has been launched by the USGA and R&A as part of the Distance Insights project.

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Hatley headlines strong Northwest showing at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Hatley headlines strong Northwest showing at U.S. Mid-Amateur

The field of 264 golfers is set for the upcoming U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

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South Sound Sports Ambassador – Amy Walker

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Amy Walker, a member of the WSGA Board of Directors was recently recognized as an ambassador for golf by the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission.

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Golf’s modernized Rules and new Player’s Edition published

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Golf's modernized Rules and Player's Edition published

Golf’s new Rules have been published by the USGA and The R&A ahead of their effective date of January 1, 2019.

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#inviteHER – See The Power Of Invitation

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
#inviteHER – See The Power of Invitation

Through the efforts of the WE ARE GOLF, Women’s Task Force and the LPGA Women’s Network, we are excited to announce the launch of the #inviteHER campaign.

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Following the white ball across the country with the RGV Tour

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Catching up with the RGV Tour

Every new adventure begins with the crazy question, “What if….”

For Patrick Koenig, that question came at the end of a round of golf

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Seattle Basketball Legend Loves Golf

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Seattle Basketball Legend Loves Golf

by Jeff Shelley

Not many people know that another basketball coaching icon not named Bill Russell or Lenny Wilkens is a Seattle resident.

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Drive, Chip and Putt regional qualifier held at Chambers Bay

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Drive, Chip and Putt regional qualifier held at Chambers Bay

Eight junior golfers were awarded spots in the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship after a regional qualifier

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Sides qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

Monday, September 10th, 2018

The sides of Ben Garrett of Seattle, Wash. and Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash. and Craig and Cody Roth of Bellingham, Wash. each teamed

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Five Northwest players qualify for U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Ginny Burkey of Eugene, Ore. shot 6-over 79 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 20 players who competed today in U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur sectional qualifying

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Where Are They Now?: Catching up with PNGA Hall of Famer Peggy Conley

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
Where Are They Now?: Peggy Conley

by Jeff Shelley

Peggy Conley was coy when asked her age for this article. “Old enough to know better,” the Spokane native said with a chuckle.

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Olivia Benzin qualifies for LPGA’s Cambia Portland Classic

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Olivia Benzin of Tacoma, Wash. has earned a spot in this week’s LPGA Cambia Portland Classic, hosted by Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.

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Reid Hatley wins Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Reid Hatley wins WSGA Men's Mid-Amateur

Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho shot rounds of 68-72 to win the 9th Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

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Koppenberg takes day one lead at Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
Round one recap: WSGA Men's Mid-Amateur

Jacob Koppenberg of Bellingham, Wash., fired a bogey-free 5-under par 67 to grab a narrow lead

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Top Northwest seniors ousted in U.S. Senior Amateur

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
Top Northwest seniors ousted in U.S. Senior Amateur

by Ron Bellamy

And then there were none.

The last three Pacific Northwest golfers remaining in the U.S. Senior Amateur

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Family Matters: The game helps keep the extended Mogg family close

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Family Matters

by Josh Kerns

For golf fanatic and Washington native Gary Mogg, a trip to Bandon Dunes last March was one of the highlights

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Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship Held this Week at Suncadia

Monday, August 27th, 2018
WSGA Men's Mid-Am held this week at Suncadia

The 9th Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is being held August 28-29 on the Rope Rider course at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.

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Brandes, O’Donnell, McNelis advance at U.S. Senior Amateur

Monday, August 27th, 2018
Brandes, O'Donnell and McNelis advance at U.S. Senior Am

by Ron Bellamy

Clearly, experience counts for something in an event like the U.S. Senior Amateur.

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Northwest players in position after first day at U.S. Senior Amateur

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

by Ron Bellamy

Two friends who happen to be icons in Pacific Northwest amateur golf had similar philosophies Saturday

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Rohde, Koppenberg, Strickland and Hatley qualify for U.S. Mid-Amateur

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Jacob Rohde of Everett, Wash. and Jacob Koppenberg of Bellingham, Wash. each shot even-par 71 to earn co-medalist honors in leading the field of 70 players

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Hometown heroes created Harrington G&CC

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Hometown heroes created Harrington G&CC

by Bob Bostwick

Driving 13 miles south of Davenport in Lincoln County outside of Spokane, on State Highway 28, a slight left turn puts you onto 3rd Street

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Alex Prugh earns PGA TOUR card for 2018-19 season

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Alex Prugh earns 2018-19 PGA TOUR Card

Alex Prugh of Spokane, Wash. is headed back to the PGA TOUR.

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Northwest golfers set to compete in U.S. Senior Amateur at Eugene CC

Monday, August 20th, 2018
Northwest golfers set to compete in U.S. Senior Amateur

by Ron Bellamy

Johnny Coppedge admits that he certainly won’t be the best golfer in the field in the 64th U.S. Senior Amateur

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First Green merges with GCSAA

Friday, August 17th, 2018
First Green merges with GCSAA

by Jeff Shelley

Initially announced at the Golf Industry Show in February, Bellevue, Wash.-based First Green Foundation is moving forward

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16-year old Ian Siebers leads strong local showing at U.S. Amateur

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Siebers leads strong local showing at U.S. Amateur

The local flavor runs deep at the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship, being held this week at Pebble Beach Golf Links

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The USGA and The R&A to Engage Global Golf Community in Distance Insights Project

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
USGA and R&A plan to limit green-reading materials

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (Aug. 14, 2018) - In an effort to thoroughly inform the Distance Insights project through the lens of the global golf community

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Nate Stember wins Hogan Cup Individual Title

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Nate Stember of Portland, Ore. won the individual title of the 50th Hogan Cup, held Aug. 11-12 at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland.

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50th Hogan Cup being held at Riverside G&CC

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Forty-eight of the most talented junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada are gathering for the 50th playing of the Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches

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RJ Manke completes final round comeback to win Washington State Amateur

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
RJ Manke wins 92nd Washington State Men's Am

RJ Manke of Lakewood, Wash. shot rounds of 67-64-64 to win the 92nd Washington State Amateur Championship

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Brian Mogg seizes lead after second round in Washington State Amateur

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Brian Mogg seizes round 2 lead at 92nd WSGA Men's Amateur

Brian Mogg of Issaquah, Wash., fired a 5-under-par 65 in today’s second round of the 92nd Washington State Amateur

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Andrew Putnam earns spot in PGA Championship with first PGA Tour win

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Andrew Putnam earns spot in PGA Championship

by Garrett Johnston

After 49 starts on the PGA Tour and a long journey on the Web.com Tour, Andrew Putnam finally broke through

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Butler, Almonte and Mogg tied for early lead in Washington State Amateur

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
Butler, Almonte & Mogg tied for WSGA Men's Am round 1 lead

Brian Mogg of Issaquah, Wash., Michael Butler of Bellingham, Wash. and Michael Almonte of Fircrest, Wash.

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92nd Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship being held this week at Gamble Sands

Sunday, August 5th, 2018
92nd WSGA Men's Am being held at Gamble Sands

The 92nd Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship is set to take place August 7-9 at Gamble Sands

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Herzog and Titus team up to win inaugural WSGA Mixed Chapman Championship

Friday, August 3rd, 2018
Herzog and Titus win inaugural Mixed Chapman Championship

Andrew Herzog and Kim Titus, both of Fox Island, Wash., teamed up to shoot 4-under-par 68 to win the inaugural

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Washington State Golf Association holds inaugural Mixed-Chapman Championship

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
Inaugural Mixed-Chapman Championship

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) will conduct the inaugural WSGA Mixed-Chapman Championship on August 3, 2018.

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Rees Jones, Inc. design team discusses the home of the 2018 PGA Championship

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

ASGCA Past President Rees Jones (Rees Jones, Inc. Golf Course Design) and Bryce Swanson, ASGCA, responded to questions via Twitter July 31, discussing Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO.

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WSWPLA holds 85th Championship

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

The Washington State Women’s Public Links Association (WSWPLA) held their 85th Championship in July at Allenmore GC in Tacoma.

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WSWGA Crowns New Champion

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

The 96th Washington State Women’s Golf Association (WSWGA) State Championship was held at Sahalee Country Club in late July.

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USGA and R&A announce plans to limit use of green-reading materials beginning in 2019

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
USGA and R&A plan to limit green-reading materials

The USGA and The R&A are proposing regulations regarding the use of green-reading materials, reaffirming the need for a player to read greens based on their own judgment

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Jim McNelis Medals in U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying at Tacoma

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Jim McNelis of Gig Harbor, Wash. shot 1-under-par 71 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 64 players

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Isaiah Salinda Breaks Through Star-Studded Field to Capture 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Salinda followed up his record setting round-three performance with a comfortable one-over-par 73 (71-67-62-72-272) to win by a single stroke.

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Local Golfer Isaiah Salinda Posts Competitive Course Record and Leads Pacific Coast Amateur Heading into Final Round

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Salinda, a former junior member at The Olympic Club and current senior on the Stanford men's golf team, finished with five-straight birdies to post a new competitive course record.

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Eckroat Continues to Roll at Pacific Coast Amateur

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Eckroat, a sophomore on the Oklahoma State from Edmond, Okla., posted his second round under-par to take a three-stroke lead into the final 36-holes; Washington State Golf Association wins Morse Cup team competition by a single-stroke.

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WSGA Wins Morse Cup Competition in 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
WSGA Wins 2018 Morse Cup Competition

Against one of the strongest fields in the history of the event, the three-man team from the Washington State Golf Association came from behind in today’s second round to win the Morse Cup

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Austin Eckroat Jumps Out to One Stroke Lead at Pacific Coast Amateur

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Eckroat, a sophomore on the Oklahoma State men's golf team from Edmond, Okla., posted six-under-par 65 early in the day to set the bar high for the afternoon pairings; Alberta Golf jumps to early Morse Cup lead in team competition.

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Pacific Coast Amateur Heads to The Olympic Club

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

The Olympic Club’s Lake Course, rich in golf history, welcomes the 90-player field of elite amateurs from across the world; This marks the second year-in-a-row that the Dr. Ed Updegraff Trophy will be contested at a US Open Venue with The Olympic Club last hosting the USGA event in 2012.

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Craig and Cody Roth win Washington State Parent-Child Championship

Friday, July 20th, 2018
Craig and Cody Roth win Parent-Child Championship

Craig and Cody Roth of Bellingham, Wash. combined to shoot 5-under-par 66 to win the 10th Washington State Parent-Child Championship

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Highsmith, Ansett and Hatley selected for 2018 WSGA Morse Cup Team

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
WSGA selects 2018 Morse Cup team

Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash., Eric Ansett of Spokane, Wash. and Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho have been selected to represent

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Yakima CC Hosting Washington State Parent-Child Championship

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Yakima CC hosts WSGA Parent-Child Championship

The 10th Annual Washington State Parent-Child Championship is taking place at Yakima (Wash.) Country Club on Friday, July 20

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Derek Bayley Medals in U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Palouse Ridge

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho shot rounds of 64-74 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 50 players who competed today in 36-hole U.S. Amateur Sectional qualifying

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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 eighth 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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