This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

PGA Tour-LogoPGA Tour: American Patrick Reed, The Barclays (Farmingdale, New York), $1,530,000 first place prize money, -9 under par.

Photo: Patrick Reed, @PGATOUR/Twitter
Photo: Patrick Reed, @PGATOUR/Twitter

PGA Tour – Next Event: Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, Massachusetts (September 2-5)

FedExCupPGA Tour – FedExCup Finale

  • The Barclays, Farmingdale, New York (August 25-28) *Top 125

Champion: American Patrick Reed

  • Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, Massachusetts (September 2-5) *Top 100
  • BMW Championship, Carmel, Indiana (September 8-11) *Top 70
  • TOUR Championship, Atlanta, Georgia (September 22-25) *Top 30

LPGA.comLPGA – Next Event: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), $337,500 first place prize money, -23 under par.

Photo: Ariya Jutanugarn, @LPGA/Twitter
Photo: Ariya Jutanugarn, @LPGA/Twitter

LPGA – Next Event: Manulife LPGA Classic, Ontario, Canada (September 1-4)

EuropeanTourEuropean Tour: Belgium Thomas Pieters, Made In Denmark (Farso, Denmark), €300,000 first place prize money, -17 under par.

Photo: Thomas Pieters, EuropeanTour.com
Photo: Thomas Pieters, EuropeanTour.com

European Tour – Next Event: Omega European Masters, Crans Montana, Switzerland (September 1-4)

PGA Tour Champions-LogoChampions Tour: German Bernhard Langer *playoff, Boeing Classic (Snoqualmie, Washington), $300,000 first place prize money, -13 under par.

Photo: Bernhard Langer, PGATour.com/Champions
Photo: Bernhard Langer, PGATour.com/Champions

Champions Tour – Next Event: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (September 2-4)

Featured Image: Patrick Reed, 2016 The Barclays Champion, PGATour.com

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter: @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.

Storey Creek Golf Club-Vancouver Island-B.C.

Storey Creek Golf Course-BCSustainability and eco-system stewardship are core values.

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. — It’s a latter-day trend at golf courses in northwestern North America. Got trees? Thin ‘em out, limb ‘em up, cut ‘em down.

Gearhart Golf Links on the Oregon coast took out 400 shore pines, and it turned the oldest club in the Northwest into a new golf course. Sahalee Country Club, east of Seattle, home to three professional majors since 1998, limbed up the course’s famously profuse trees before the Women’s PGA Championship this year, and it opened up sightlines even skeptical club members have learned to appreciate.

Rob Watson knows all that, but more than that he knows his own course: Storey Creek Golf Club, which opened in 1987 here on the central east coast of Vancouver Island.

“We really need to strike a balance,” said Watson, 45, superintendent of the golf course that is among the most honored in western Canada.

 

 

 

 

Take out a tree, he said, and it affects something else in the ecosystem.

Trees, Watson acknowledges, are “the worst enemies of quality turfgrass,” but they’re also a large part of the reason Storey Creek’s members and the playing public love the place.

“You’ll see when you get here,” Watson said in an interview a week or so before we visited Storey Creek. “There are not a lot of golf courses like this one.”

Many of Storey Creek’s members have ties to the provincial fish and wildlife agency, Watson said. Active salmon spawning streams run right through the property. Ponds are stocked with coho salmon.

Limbing up a tree, then, is not done lightly,

“When you throw in the salmon,” he said, “you really have to be aware of not affecting the temperature of the water.”

Sustainability is a core value here. Watson waters less and uses less fertilizer. And that fits for a club with a smaller budget than many.

Watson studied turfgrass management at the BC Hort Center on the Langley campus of Kwantlen University College, now known as Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He came to work at Storey Creek in 2007 after working as an assistant superintendent at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam, B.C.

“The first time I came out here (to Storey Creek) and toured the site before I applied to work here,” he said, “it had this feel to me of an older classic golf course. It didn’t feel like it was only 20 years old.”

When esteemed golf architect Les Furber designed Storey Creek, his vision didn’t have to  wait for the trees to mature. Watson and his crews live with the rugged landscapes and  don’t obsess over cut-glass pristine.

“We’re not shooting for perfection here,” Watson said.

At Storey Creek, it all works, perfectly well.

Bart PotterBart Potter-Grey Goatee logo 1Bart Potter reports from Vancouver Island while he is on “tour.”

This Week’s Winners in Olympic and Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Olympic and Professional Golf!

Rio20162016 RIO Olympic Women’s Golf Competition:

  • GOLD MEDAL: South Korea’s Inbee Park (-16)
  • SILVER MEDAL: New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (-11)
  • BRONZE MEDAL: China’s Shanshan Feng (-10)

    Photo: Inbee Park-GOLD (middle), Lydia Ko-SILVER (left), Shanshan Feng-BRONZE (right), 2016 Olympic Women's Golf Champions, LPGA.com
    Photo: Inbee Park-GOLD (middle), Lydia Ko-SILVER (left), Shanshan Feng-BRONZE (right), 2016 Olympic Women’s Golf Champions, LPGA.com

PGA Tour-LogoPGA Tour: South Korean Si Woo Kim, Wyndham Championship (Greensboro, North Carolina), $1,008,000 first place prize money, -21 under par.

Photo: Si Woo Kim, @PGATOUR/Twitter
Photo: Si Woo Kim, @PGATOUR/Twitter

PGA Tour – Next Event/s: FedExCup Finale BeginsFedExCup

  • The Barclays, Farmingdale, New York (August 25-28)
  • Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, Massachusetts (September 2-5)
  • BMW Championship, Carmel, Indiana (September 8-11)
  • TOUR Championship, Atlanta, Georgia (September 22-25)

EuropeanTourEuropean Tour: American Paul Peterson, D+D REAL Czech Masters (Prague, Czech Republic), $166,660 first place prize money, -15 under par.

Photo: Paul Peterson, EuropeanTour.com
Photo: Paul Peterson, EuropeanTour.com

European Tour – Next Event: Made in Denmark Open, Farso, Denmark (August 25-28)

LPGA.comLPGA – Next Event: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (August 25-28)

PGA Tour Champions-LogoChampions Tour – Next Event: Boeing Classic, Snoqualmie, Washington (August 26-28)

Featured Image: South Korea’s Inbee Park-GOLD (center); New Zealand’s Lydia Ko-SILVER (left), China’s Shanshan Feng-BRONZE (right), 2016 Olympic Women’s Golf Champions, LPGA.com

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter: @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.