What a Month!

Golf Today Northwest - - Contents - by CAMERON HEALEY

If you’re a fan of watch­ing pro­fes­sional golf up close and per­sonal, the month of Au­gust in the Pa­cific North­west was about as good as it gets! I’m talk­ing about the op­por­tu­nity to watch the games best tal­ent ply­ing their trade on the Witch Hol­low course at Pump­kin Ridge, fight­ing their way to earn one of 25 PGA TOUR cards avail­able for next sea­son. How did they fare? Brice Gar­nett, af­ter card­ing a 1-un­der par 35 on the front nine, stormed to vic­tory on the back nine, scor­ing a 5-un­der par 30 to clinch the num­ber one spot on the reg­u­lar sea­son money list and a ticket to the PGA TOUR sched­ule next sea­son. Also, earn­ing one of the 25 cards was home­town fa­vorite Aaron Wise. The 2016 NCAA In­di­vid­ual and team cham­pi­onship win­ner with the Univer­sity of Ore­gon, Wise carded a 1-un­der par 70 ty­ing for 16th and se­cured the 18th po­si­tion in the top 25 play­ers. “The fans were great all week and came out to sup­port me, and it’s pretty cool to be the Ore­gon kid ev­ery­one is root­ing for,” said Wise. An­other home­town fa­vorite was Fred­die “Boom Boom” Cou­ples who com­peted at The Club at Sno­qualmie Ridge for a chance to win the re­gion’s premier golf tour­na­ment The Boe­ing Clas­sic, now in its 13th year. Fred com­peted hard but could not close out the elu­sive cham­pi­onship fin­ish­ing tied for 20th. Even if you’re not a hard­core fan of golf, the views of the Cas­cades com­bined with the op­por­tu­nity to see some of your fa­vorite leg­endary golfers is worth the price of ad­mis­sion. Of course, the of­fi­cial start to the event is about as dra­matic as you can imag­ine with one of Boe­ing’s com­mer­cial jet­lin­ers fly­ing up the 18th fair­way over the Club­house. Props to Wis­con­sin na­tive and Cham­pi­ons Tour rookie Jerry Kelly who shot -19 over the three­tour­na­ment to win his first PGA TOUR Cham­pi­ons event and set a Boe­ing

Clas­sic record in the process. Af­ter lead­ing all three rounds, Kelly fin­ished strong against a tough field. The 50-year old shot 65 on Fri­day, 66 on Satur­day and closed out Sun­day with an­other 66 for the cham­pi­onship. De­fend­ing champ Bern­hard Langer threat­ened late in the day but

fin­ished tied third.


Fi­nally, this month, I wanted to men­tion a new prod­uct (at least for me) on the mar­ket called Swing Oil. No, it has noth­ing to do with some kind of syn­thetic lu­bri­cant that will ‘grease’ up your sticks or some new ‘fan­dan­gled’ swing aid. I’m talk­ing about the in­ter­nal kind of lu­bri­cant for the body. Af­ter a friend rec­om­mended I try it on my next round, I du­ti­fully gave it a try and I’m glad I did. In a nut­shell, Swing Oil’s mantra is “Get Loose, Swing Smooth’ and with that no­tion in mind, I con­sumed one of the 3 oz. lemon-line fla­vored packs. Did I ex­pe­ri­ence an in­stant state of golf­ing nir­vana? Well, no, but what I did ex­pe­ri­ence was a pleasant state of mind and even more pleasant lack of fa­tigue and fo­cus. Mar­keted as a sup­ple­ment, Swing Oil is a liq­uid prod­uct eas­ily con­sumed and di­gested con­tain­ing mostly nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents both eas­ily rec­og­nized and pro­nounced. Think glu­cosamine for joint health, Gin­seng for fo­cus, and Turmeric for…well, I’m not 100% sure, but taken in their en­tirety, Swing Oil proved to be a de­li­cious elixir and po­ten­tially ef­fec­tive sup­ple­ment to my round of golf. Did I break 80 af­ter con­sum­ing a pack? Well, no, but did I end my round feel­ing sharp, re­laxed, and happy. I like the last state of mind, best. Please visit www.swingoil.com

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