World-Class Field Set to Compete in 21st Sahalee Players Championship

PNGA logoThe Sahalee Players Championship, one of two major national amateur championships, is the first leg of the “Western Swing,” with the Pacific Sahalee logoNorthwest Men’s Amateur being played the week following Sahalee.

An impressive field of world-class talent will converge on the Pacific Northwest and Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. for the 21st Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), to be played next week from June 30-July 2, 2014. The championship will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with 36 holes being played the first day, 18 the second, and 18 on the third and final day.

Last year’s championship saw Andrew Yun come from behind in the final round to win by a shot. Yun was the only player to finish under par in the championship. He was playing in his first event since graduating from Stanford, where he was the 2012 Pac-12 individual champion. Yun was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash., winning the Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur in 2005.

This year the SPC field will consist of 66 of the top amateur golfers from around the world. Among the players committed to play is Scottie Scheffler, the young phenom from Texas who finished tied for 22nd last month in the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship and who is currently the No. 3-ranked amateur in the world and is the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

Also playing will be Cheng-Tsung Pan, the senior-to-be at the University of Washington who qualified for last year’s U.S. Open and has qualified for next month’s British Open, and who last year was ranked as the No. 1 amateur in the world. Other players include Bryson Dechambeau, who finished tied for second in last year’s SPC and is currently the No. 8-ranked amateur in the world, will be returning this year to Sahalee; Hans Reimers of Lake Oswego, Ore. who won the 2013 Oregon Open and was runner-up in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur; Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, B.C., the two-time defending Canadian Mid-Amateur champion; Thomas Lim of Moorpark, Calif. who last week won the Oregon Amateur; and Frank Garber of Kirkland, Wash. who last year won the Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ Amateur, the Washington Junior Open, Pacific Northwest Junior PGA, the AJGA Ryan Moore Junior Championship, and is the reigning PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year.

There is also a strong international contingent, led by 15 golfers from Australia and five from New Zealand. One of the Kiwis, Tae Koh, won this year’s Australian Amateur.

For a complete list of competitive bios of the players who are committed to the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship, please click here.

Past champions of this prestigious amateur championship include Kyle Stanley, Casey Martin, Peter Uihlein, Nick Taylor, Daniel Summerhays, Ryan Moore, Chris Williams, Arron Oberholser and Jason Gore, among others.

Five of the past 10 SPC champions were winners of the Ben Hogan Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. More than a dozen SPC participants have gone on to play on the PGA Tour.Ryan Moore

The SPC scoring record at Sahalee is the 16-under 272 (68-69-68-67) shot in 2004 by Moore, a native of Puyallup, Wash. now on the PGA Tour.

When asked about the championship, Tournament Director, Mike Jonson said, “The Sahalee Players Championship provides the Northwest with the opportunity each year to witness the performance of some of the world’s finest amateur players.”

Admission is free to watch the championship.

This year will mark the 21st installment of the Sahalee Players Championship. In addition to the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, which was won by Bernhard Langer, Sahalee also tested the world’s best when it hosted the 1998 PGA Championship, won by Vijay Singh, and the 2002 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, won by Craig Parry.

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) partnered with Sahalee Country Club 14 years ago to create the “Western Swing” with the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship. The two championships combined with a primary goal of providing amateur golfers in the West an opportunity to play two major national amateur championships without having to travel to the East Coast. This year will mark the 113th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, and will be held July 6-11 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. Visit www.thepnga.org for more information.

For more information on the 21st Sahalee Players Championship, including player bios, first round pairings and to follow along with live scoring, visit www.sahaleeplayerschampionship.com.

Information provided by PNGA.

Get Your Golf Game Together At Salish Cliffs

010_cropSalish Cliffs Golf Club Announces New Instructional Programs for 2014 SeasonSalish Cliffs Logo-2014

(SHELTON, Wash.) – Salish Cliffs Golf Club (www.salish-cliffs.com) – the award-winning amenity course at Little Creek Casino Resort – announces multiple instructional programs taught by PGA Professionals.

Designed for golfers of all skill levels and offering both one-on-one and small group instruction, the following programs are available throughout the 2014 golf season.

All of the below require advance reservations by calling the Golf Shop at 360.462.3673:

Short Game School: Taking advantage of the short game practice area at Salish Cliffs, this program teaches the fundamentals of golf’s most overlooked skill set. Participants receive four hours of instruction, lunch with 034_croptheir pro instructor, a wedge fitting and a custom fit Vokey wedge. Cost is $300 per student. Lessons run daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., based on availability.

Express Playing Lessons: The focus is individual instruction as a PGA Professional accompanies the student for four holes, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and develops a game plan for applying practice techniques to course play. Each session is $130, based on availability.

Salish Cliffs Coaching Club: Students meet once a week for one month in a fun and relaxed group setting. Ideal for beginners or weekend warriors, lessons are Fridays 5:30 029to 6:30 p.m. or Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. through October. Cost is $50 per person, per month, or $175 for four months.

“These instructional programs offer a great mix of personalized instruction and affordability,” said Salish Cliffs Head Professional David Kass, PGA. “Taking advantage of our on-site practice areas, award-winning golf course and PGA Professionals provides added value as our guests look to improve their game in between rounds.”

Owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, Salish Cliffs Golf Club has collected numerous accolades from031_crop national publications since opening in 2011. It was recently ranked the No. 3 course in Washington by Golfweek. In addition, Salish Cliffs has earned top-10 status on Golf Digest’s biennial “America’s Greatest Courses” by state list and Golfweek’s “Best Casino Courses” list.

For more information on instructional programs, or to reserve a Stay-and-Play package, call 1.800.667.7711 or visit www.salish-cliffs.com.

About Salish Cliffs Golf Club
Owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, Salish Cliffs Golf Club is just one of the new amenities offered by Little Creek Casino Resort. With ryegrass bordered fairways and a 360-degree view overlooking the rolling hills of the Kamilche Valley, this par-72 championship course, designed by award-winning architect Gene Bates, offers a fun while challenging play for golfers of all skill-levels.

For more information on Salish Cliffs, or for the legend behind the Salish Cliffs name, visit us online at www.salish-cliffs.com or call 1.800.667.7711

Editor’s Note:  Salish Cliffs is one of LocalGolfer’s Top 10 Northwest Golf Courses.  Not only would you receive great instruction, but you’d be doing it in golf heaven.  If you take advantage of the lessons, please drop us a line and let us know about it  (info@localgolfer.com).  You can also combine it in a course review about the course and it’s amenities.

 

First Green Receives 2014 E3 Washington Green Apple Award

Innovative environmental education outreach program, First Green, uses golf courses as environmental learning labs for preK-12 schools, college/universities and communities.First Green Logo

Steve Kealy award for First Green.
Steve Kealy award for First Green.

First Green has been awarded a 2014 E3 Washington Green Apple Award for Business Excellence. Steve Kealy, Golf Course Superintendent and First Green Board member, accepted the award on behalf of First Green at a ceremony on June 26, 2014.
First Green is an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. First Green coordinates outdoor “learning labs” at golf courses that allow students to perform hands-on experiments and tests, all within the focus of their schools’ environmental science and/or horticulture curricula.
In these outdoor labs, students test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, do math activities and work with local issues such as stream-bed or owl-nest restoration. First Green also emphasizes the environmental and community benefits of golf courses, while introducing potential new golfers to the game in a fun, educational manner. In addition to the field trips, First Green hosts workshops for teachers and golf course superintendents that provide continuing education credits. First Green assists golf courses in hosting students to demonstrate the environmental benefits of and environmental practices on golf courses.
A non-profit founded in 1997, First Green has replicated the program across Washington and into other states – Oregon, California, New Jersey, New York, Utah, Colorado, and just launched a program in Western Canada in May 2014.
Steve Kealy is accepting the award on behalf of First Green because of his leadership. Steve has turned his golf course, Glendale Country Club, into a learning lab for area schools. In addition, he has provided leadership and mentoring to other golf course superintendents in his industry, helping other superintendents to start their own field trip programs at their courses. Steve is featured in the First Green video on how to host a field trip. He is also an Audubon International Steward, helping other golf course superintendents to become better environmental stewards.
For more information about First Green, see www.thefirstgreen.org or contact Cathy Relyea at 425-373-9915 or cathyrelyea@thefirstgreen.org.

About E3 Washington
E3 Washington is working to fully integrate environmental, sustainability and systems learning in, and across preK-12 schools, college/universities and communities. Since 1990, E3 Washington has been the professional home for environmental and sustainability educators and their supporters. With a resilient and compelling mission and five goals, E3 Washington is succeeding to inspire and engage thousands of regionally and culturally diverse education, business, tribal, governmental, and community based educators to provide programmatic, leadership, and institutional innovations in education. Utilizing a collective impact approach, E3 Washington brings diverse leaders together within and across sectors and regions to take measurable actions linking resources in a culture of exchange and respect, utilizing the tools of learning communities and transformative leadership.
For more information about E3 Washington, see www.e3washington.org.