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WSGA Archive for the ‘Membership News’ Category

WSGA takes you out to the ballgame

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

WSGA members receive exclusive discounted pricing on tickets to select Seattle Mariners home games throughout the 2019 season!

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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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Changing from TPP to TM

Friday, September 8th, 2017

As of January 1, 2018 TPP Online and TPP on the club's computer will not be supported by the USGA or WSGA.

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Cole Buchanan makes first ace of the state’s Special Olympics program

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

At the Special Olympics Regional Tournament held July 23 at Snohomish (Wash.) GC, Special Olympian Cole Buchanan took out an 8-iron on the 130-yard par-3 fifth hole and knocked it in the hole for an ace, the first hole-in-one in the history of the state's Special Olympic program

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Two more planned screenings of ‘The Founders’

Monday, August 14th, 2017

In case you missed the first one in Seattle last month, there are two more planned screenings in September of The Founders, the groundbreaking film about the 13 women who founded the LPGA.

In 1950, 13 amateur women golfers battled society, finances and sometimes each other to stake their claim to become professional sportswomen by creating the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

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WSGA Pre-Screening of ‘Tommy’s Honour’ a Success

Friday, April 14th, 2017
Tommy's Honour Screening

Thanks to everyone who came to the exclusive pre-screening of the film Tommy's Honour, held Thursday, April 13 at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma.

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Ultimate Indoor Golf Arrives in Seattle

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Ultimate Indoor Golf (UIG) is placing golf simulator facilities in LA Fitness clubs around the country. The new facility in Bellevue, Wash. is their second collaboration.

At UIG, you can play or practice in a comfortable, climate-controlled, indoor setting. Play iconic courses such as Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines or Kapalua; day or night, rain or shine.

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Diana Murphy Nominated for Second Term as USGA President

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Diana Murphy has been nominated to serve a second one-year term as the 64th president of the United States Golf Association by the USGA Nominating Committee, as the organization prepares for its 123rd year of service to the game of golf.

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Jane Geddes to head International Association of Golf Administrators

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Jane Geddes IAGA

Jane Geddes, former LPGA professional and industry executive, has been named executive director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA)

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Dave Nelsen Receives the 2016 George Holland Volunteer of the Year Award

Monday, October 31st, 2016
2016 George Holland Award

At the 95th WSGA Annual Meeting, held Oct. 29 at Fairwood G&CC in Renton, Wash., Dave Nelsen was honored as the 2016 George Holland Volunteer of the Year.

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An Open Letter of Thanks for Making the Evans Cup of Washington a Success

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Evans Cup

Thank you to those who attended the 25th Annual Evans Cup of Washington at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge on Monday, September 26

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USGA to Host 2017 Golf Innovation Symposium in Vancouver

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
USGA Symposium

The United States Golf Association will host the 2017 North American Golf Innovation Symposium on March 6-7 in Vancouver, B.C.

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VGA National Championship Qualifier to be held at Chambers Bay

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
VGA Qualifier at Chambers

Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open, will host some of the country’s top military veteran golfers

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Three Washington First Tee Participants Selected to Play in PGA TOUR Champions Event

Friday, September 9th, 2016
First Tee Open

Three participants in the state's First Tee program are getting a chance of a lifetime by being selected to compete with PGA TOUR Champions players this month.

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From the pages of Pacific Northwest Golfer: New ‘Nicklaus Nine’ opens at American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Nicklaus Nine

The nation's only golf course designed specifically for facilitating the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans

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Dale Jackson Blogging from the Olympics

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Dale Jackson, a longtime member of the PNGA Board of Directors from Royal Colwood in Victoria, B.C., is serving as a referee in the golf competition of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He will be posting a blog about his experiences this week

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Justin Gravatt is New PGA Head Professional at The Home Course

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Justin Gravatt

The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. has announced that Justin Gravatt is the facility's new PGA head professional

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First Tee Alum Jessica Kent Speaks at Congressional Breakfast

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
First Tee

At a time when all eyes are on Washington D.C., alumni Jessica Kent of Bellevue, Wash. had a chance for an up close look at our nation's Capital

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Association-owned golf courses continue to fulfill their mission

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Association-owned courses

by Blaine Newnham

Regional golf associations own golf courses to give members a place to play, practice and compete

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Another Major Success in the Pacific Northwest

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Another major golf event held in the Pacific Northwest is in the books.

The KPMG Women's PGA Championship, held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., produced a great champion in Brooke Henderson

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Chambers Bay’s Ryan Young Caddies in KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Saturday, June 11th, 2016
KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Standing on the first tee at Sahalee Country Club, preparing to tee off in a first minutes in the first round

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KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit highlights championship week at Sahalee

Friday, June 10th, 2016
KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Held all day on site at Sahalee Country Club on June 8 of championship week of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit

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Annika Sorenstam is here, there, and everywhere

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
KPMG Women's PGA Championship

by Tom Cade, Editor

Walking the grounds of Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. during the pro-am day earlier this week prior the start of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the place was buzzing with activity

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Northwest golf community loses great friend with passing of Bob Lorentzen

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Bob Lorentzen

With the passing of Bob Lorentzen on May 25 at the age of 85, the Northwest golf community lost one of its great ambassadors

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From the pages of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine: Man of the Earth, Man for the People

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Bill Johnston

by Bob Sherwin

Dr. Bill Johnston's career as a professor of soil sciences has had an impact on nearly every golf course on earth

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Special Offer: Seattle Rock N’ Roll Runners, You ROCK!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Seattle Rock n' Roll runners, you ROCK!

To congratulate you on your big victory, we would love to send you a free golf ball and other WSGA goodies to get you rolling on the golf course.

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USGA expands PLAY9 program in 2016 to include more PLAY9 Days

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Spurred by the success of its first two years, the United States Golf Association (USGA) is expanding the PLAY9 program this year, encouraging more golfers to play nine holes

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Middle School Science Project Meets the Golf Ball

Friday, May 13th, 2016
Golf Science

Breaking it down for you, one dimple at a time

by Hunter Eberhardt

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Two Junior Tours Team Up

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) and Northwest Junior Golf Tour (NJrGT) have joined forces to provide junior golfers incredible playing opportunities and a chance to compete at some of the best golf venues in the area.

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From the February 2016 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer: Pioneer Player

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Marnie Laatz

Long before Title IX, there was Marnie Laatz

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Northwest Native Sadena Parks to Host Junior Clinic in Advance of KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Sadena Parks Clinic

On Saturday April 9, LPGA Tour player Sadena Parks will return to the Pacific Northwest to host a junior golf clinic

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Four Student Caddies from Washington Earn Full College Scholarships

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
WA Evans Scholars

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Three Washington Courses Now Certified as ‘Salmon-Safe’

Friday, March 11th, 2016
Salmon-Safe WA Courses

The Northwest offers many great places to warm up your back swing for the coming golf season. The Salmon-Safe courses of Willows Run, Druids Glen and Salish Cliffs offer the full package

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National Hickory Golf Day – May 1, 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016
National Hickory Golf Day

by SoHG

Well, it's about time that hickory golf had its own day in the sun. Right?

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PGA of America Plans Expansion in 2016 of PGA Junior Golf Camps

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
PGA Junior Golf Camps

After its successful inaugural season last year, the PGA of America's PGA Junior Golf Camps for boys and girls ages 6-17 will expand to more than 75 locations

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USGA Recaps Industry Takeaways from Pace and Innovation Symposium

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Pace and Innovation

The United States Golf Association (USGA) hosted 125 industry experts Jan. 19-20 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif., for the Association's Pace and Innovation Symposium.

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Qualifying schedule announced for 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Drive, Chip & Putt

The Masters Tournament Foundation, PGA of America and United States Golf Association have partnered to create the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

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Tickets for 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Now Available

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Sahalee KPMG

Tickets for the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship to be held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. from June 7-12, 2016 are now on sale.

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The First Tee of Greater Seattle Receives 2015 Community Impact Award

Friday, November 20th, 2015
First Tee Award

The First Tee of Greater Seattle was recently recognized as a Silver Award winner in the "Youth Development" category of Seattle Business magazine's 2015 Community Impact Awards

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The R&A and USGA Release 2016 Edition of Rules of Golf

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
2016 Rules of Golf

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf

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Michele and Chris Sales Recognized as 2015 George Holland Volunteers of the Year

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Holland Award

At the awards banquet traditionally held the night before the WSGA Annual Meeting

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Northwest Golf Media Association Announces Annual Awards

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
2015 NWGMA Awards

Kent Gilchrist named for Distinguished Service Award; Steve Kealy receives Local Legend recognition

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A Trip to Pebble Beach on Father’s Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Jamie Fay

On August 29, 2015, the region's golf community lost a great friend with the too-early passing of Jamie Fay, the assistant general manager of Chambers Bay. To honor him, we are re-posting a story of Jamie and his brothers about a Father's Day trip

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First Green Foundation Formalizes Expansion to Western Canada

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
First Green

First Green Foundation formalized its relationship with the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA)

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Washington State Hickory Open – September 26 at The Home Course

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Play in the 2015 Washington State Hickory Open, which will be held September 26 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

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Calling All Veterans

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The regional qualifier for the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) National Championship will be held at American Lake Veterans GC in Lakewood, Wash. on September 19.

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The Newest ‘Mr. 59’ – Fred Couples

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Couples 59 at Broadmoor

In town for the week to compete in the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic, being held at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Seattle native Fred Couples went out for a friendly round of golf at Broadmoor Golf Club, and ended up joining a select few.

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Benson Puts the Game Into Perspective as a One-Armed Golfer

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Mark Benson

by Bart Potter

The plan for Mark Benson's recent Sunday lesson is a lot like many other golfers working to refine their games: Stay in balance, don't sway off the ball, finish with your chest facing the target.

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You Can Play With Aspiring Indian Professional Golfers

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
IAPGA Pros

The Indian Men's Golf Club (IMGC) of Seattle, in collaboration with the Indo-American Professional Golf Association (IAPGA), presents a first of its kind Golf Pro-Am tournament in Seattle.

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Close to the Earth

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Jacob Close

Jacob Close brings ideas as new WWGCSA president

by Tony Dear

Jacob Close is just the sort of man you want maintaining your golf course.

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Kitsap Sun: Volunteer Veteran

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Jacobson in Sun

[WSGA Director of Membership and Club Relations Shari] Jacobson filling a coveted position at U.S. Open

By Josh Horton

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Videos: U.S. Open Special from the 18th fairway (PCTV)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Videos: US Open Wrap

A selection of clips from PCTV's wrap-up of the 2015 U.S. Open.

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WSGA Loses Great Volunteer – Don Farr passes

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Longtime WSGA Club Representative Don Farr passed away on March 25 at the age of 78 of pancreatic cancer.

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USGA’s John Bodenhamer has roots in DuPont’s Home Course

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Bodenhamer Home Course

Former PNGA/WSGA and Home Course CEO and executive director John Bodenhamer is now the senior managing director of rules, competitions and equipment standards for the USGA.

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U.S. Open Stories

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
U.S. Open Stories

U.S. Open Memories – the Northwest golf community tells their story...

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Champions Crowned at National Finals of Drive, Chip & Putt

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Drive, Chip & Putt

Northwest competitors finish strong
by Vartan Kupelian

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Two Caddies from Washington Earn Full College Scholarships

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Evans Scholars

As a first-generation college student, Shawna Zhou of Seattle always knew that education was her most important tool to success.

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O’Toole Elected to Second Term as USGA President

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
USGA Annual Meeting

NEW YORK - Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., of St. Louis, Mo., has been elected to serve a second one-year term as the 63rd president of the United States Golf Association.

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Jefferson Park Golf Course – a Centennial Celebration

Friday, February 6th, 2015
Jefferson Park Centennial

by Martin Pool

The year 2015 marks the centennial of the opening of the Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill in Seattle.

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The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show Launches 2015 Golf Season on an Optimistic Note

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
PGA Merchandise Show

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show - "The Major of Golf Business" - concluded in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, bringing together more than 1,000 companies and brands

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Qualifying schedule announced for Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Drive, Chip & Putt

The Masters Tournament Foundation, PGA of America and United States Golf Association have partnered to create the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition for girls and boys

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Elwin Fanning Passes

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Elwin Fanning

Longtime PGA pro Elwin Fanning passed away on January 5 from heart complications. He was 69.

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The Home Course Names Harrington as New PGA Head Professional

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Dan Harrington

PGA Professional Dan Harrington of Des Moines, Wash. has been named the new head golf professional at The Home Course, located in DuPont, Wash. He began his new position on January 1, 2015.

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WSGA Elects Barbara Tracy as President, Honors Volunteers at 93rd Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
New WSGA President

At the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA), Barbara Tracy of Redmond, Wash. was elected president

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Double Eagle – Doubled

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Double Eagle

Whitworth golf coach does it on the same hole, in the same tournament, two years in a row

by Warren Friedrichs

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Aldarra Superintendent Colleran Passes

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Paul Colleran

Paul Colleran, one of the leading superintendents in the Northwest and the only superintendent in the history of Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash., died Oct. 8 after a nearly yearlong battle

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Q&A: USGA Technical Director Matt Pringle on Pace of Play

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Pace of Play Q&A

A major part of the USGA's mission is to make the game healthy and viable for generations to come, in part by improving pace of play. To that end, the USGA has been accumulating hard data to uncover the root of slow play

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Volunteer of the Year Recipients Honored

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Holland Award

At the awards banquet traditionally held the night before the WSGA Annual Meeting, Mike Mueller and Jim Marcacci, both WSGA members of Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., were honored

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From the Ground Up

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Schmidt Feature

Former superintendent Ray Schmidt learned his craft from one of the best, kept the trade in the family, and left his mark on the region's golf community

by Paul Ramsdell

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USGA and R&A Announce Changes to “Decisions on the Rules of Golf”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Rules of Golf

Revised Every Two Years, the Decisions Provide Greater Clarity for Golfers

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Johnsen Named New WJGA Executive Director

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Johnsen to Head WGJA

The Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) has named Tyler Johnsen as the organization's new Executive Director. Johnsen succeeds Jerry Fehr, who will retire at the end of the year

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Pacific Northwest Evans Cups Generate Star Power and Raise Over $275,000 for Evans Scholars

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Evans Cups

Federal Way, Wash. - The 16th annual Evans Cup of Oregon, held Monday, September 9

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The First Tee to Host Dennis Walters Golf Show at Jefferson Park Golf Course

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Dennis Walters Show

The First Tee of Greater Seattle will be hosting a complimentary clinic and lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Jefferson Park Golf Course

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Jack Nicklaus Starts a New Learning League

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Jack-Nicklaus-announces-the-launch-of-JNLL

by Ira Tiffany

Jack Nicklaus announces the launch of JNLL

At first blush this SNAG thing is right out of a Flintstones episode with Barney and Fred heading off the links to teach Bam Bam and Pebbles the finer points of the game.

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Drive, Chip & Putt Championship – Local Qualifying Results

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Local qualifying results for the 2013 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which is open to boys and girls ages 7-15:

Meridian Valley Country Club, June 27, 2013 | Kent, Washington Meadow Park Golf Course, June 27, 2013 | Lakewood, Washington The Creek at Qualchan, July 7, 2013 | Spokane, Washington

 

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Registration now open for 2013 Casual Golf Days and Inaugural WSGA Net Tour

Monday, March 18th, 2013
Net Tour / Casual Golf Days

Registration is now open for the 2013 Casual Golf Days and the Inaugural WSGA Net Tour.

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R&A and USGA Announce Proposed Rules Change to Prohibit Use of Anchored Strokes

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

PERMITTED: The player is not anchoring because neither the club, the hands nor the forearms are directly in contact with the body. (Photo courtesy USGA)

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf's governing bodies, have announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.

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For Our WSGA Members, Posting Scores through the GHIN Network Has Never Been So Convenient!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Did you know that not only are the Golf Associations of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and Idaho) using GHIN as their Handicap Computational Service, but, that the Golf Associations in the Southwest (California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah) are also using GHIN?

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