Guess the Pink Tees Win­ners An­nounced

Golf Today Northwest - - Front Page - BY CAMERON HEALEY

This time last year I was writ­ing about how ex­cited I was that there were only 78 days, 9 hours, and 12 min­utes re­main­ing un­til the golf­ing world turned their at­ten­tion to Cham­bers Bay Golf Course for the 115th U.S. Open. The energy and an­tic­i­pa­tion was pal­pa­ble. I found my­self gig­gling with ex­cite­ment when I learned that Tiger Woods and Phil Mick­le­son made dis­crete ad­vanced vis­its to play the course. And when the event came and went as fast as a pass­ing shower, I know I ex­pe­ri­enced what seemed like a mourn­ing pe­riod for the pass­ing of a his­toric month for the Pa­cific North­west. One year later, the event’s legacy re­mains con­tentious, but I like to fo­cus on the pos­i­tives-- and there are a ton of them.

This year, I’m ex­cited to be­gin count­ing down to see­ing the world’s best women golfers con­verge on the gor­geous Sa­halee Coun­try Club and com­pete for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship held June 7-12. The course is truly sub­lime and the pro­jected field will be sec­ond to none. The prospect of see­ing my fel­low New Zealan­der and cur­rent world #1; Ly­dia Ko, up close and per­sonal is frankly riv­et­ing! Mark your cal­en­dars now, peo­ple. Golf To­day will be there all week and we’ll be bring­ing you up­dates and in­ter­views on so­cial me­dia, so stay tuned.

In this month’s is­sue, we take a closer look at some of our top North­west casi­nos and their golf courses, in­clud­ing the Gene Bates-de­signed Cir­cling Raven, lo­cated in Wor­ley, ID. If you’ve played Sal­ish Cliffs on this side of the Cas­cades and en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, you’ll likely love Cir­cling Raven. Throw in the ap­peal of the CDA Casino with high qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tions and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions ga­lore, and your spring golf get­away is primed for suc­cess! We also of­fer you an op­por­tu­nity to re­view the lat­est wedge of­fer­ings from many ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers, as re­viewed by reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor, Ed Travis. This is the sec­ond year that we’ve kick-started April with what we think are some top wedge op­tions to help your short game. From Call­away, Cleve­land, and, Mizuno PING, to Wil­son Golf, you’re likely to find the right set of wedges de­signed to help you hit it close more con­sis­tently. In fact, let us know what your fa­vorite brand is and why.

Also wor­thy of men­tion this month: we in­tro­duce you to Joann Dost, pho­tog­ra­pher and au­thor of the re­cently re­leased The Ul­ti­mate Round: Peb­ble Beach Golf Links-an Il­lus­trated Guide to Amer­ica’s Ma­jes­tic Dream Course, and Ore­gon Ju­nior Golfer Mada­lyn Ar­dueser-- who just so hap­pens to carry a +0.4 hand­i­cap! Con­trib­u­tor Cliff Cow­ley of­fers his take on the un­der-rated Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City, OR., which gives new mean­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the idea of com­mu­nity golf­ing. Res­i­dent nu­tri­tion­ist, Cate Ritter of­fers 4 Tips for a Health­ier Post-round Eat­ing Rou­tine and Doc­tor Harry Sese ( aka. The Golf­ing Doc) sug­gests cre­at­ing a team of in­di­vid­u­als qual­i­fied to help you be at your phys­i­cal best on the golf course. When you’re not at your best, your game and en- joy­ment suf­fers, right? In our Golf Gear Sec­tion, we look at some of the lat­est prod­ucts on the mar­ket in­clud­ing the Swing Click and Cop­per-in­fused golf gloves… yes, cop­per! Last, but cer­tainly not least, con­grat­u­la­tions to all win­ners of our Guess the Pink Tees Con­test held at the Vancouver, Spokane, and Seat­tle Golf Shows last month. Troy L. of Lan­g­ley, British Columbia will be head­ing to Reno, NV to en­joy his stay at the At­lantis Casino Re­sort and Spa, with golf for two at the in­cred­i­ble Griz­zly Ranch Golf Club. Have fun, Troy! And, Missy M. and her friend will be tee­ing it up at Cham­bers Bay Golf Course, the site of the 115th U.S. Open! Hit ‘em straight, Missy. Also, congrats to Clay­ton R. of Bothell, WA., our Seat­tle Golf Show win­ner. Clay­ton is head­ing south to en­joy an overnight stay and play pack­age at the fab­u­lous Black Butte Ranch in Bend, OR. Let us know how you get on! And to every­one else who took the time to stop by our booths this year to en­ter to win our con­tests, talk golf, or just to say hello, I can­not thank you enough! See you next year!


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