Blog Number 5 - 5/6/10

Three Washington Courses on Golfweek's List of  Best Munis. But Where's Lake Padden?
Golfweek published its list of the country's top 50 municipals today and three Washington courses were on it. Chambers Bay was at No. 2 (behind Bethpage Black in the top spot), the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain was No. 9 and Indian Canyon in Spokane was at No. 22. So, actually, Washington has three courses in the top 22.
That's great, but where was Lake Padden? I'm biased, of course, but I've played a couple of the courses ranked from 45-50 and I'd take Padden over them every time.

Watching the Players Championship today? I always have a hard time watching the Players. It's certainly a great event, and you can't deny the field is as good as it gets. But the PGA Tour's excessive bluster just leaves a bad taste. The phrase 'The more you know, the less you need to show' should apply. And Roosevelt's 'Speak softly, carry a big stick and you will go far,' fits the bill too. The Tour needs to stop telling us the Players is such a great tournament, and just let us recognize it for ourselves.

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association's 111th Annual Meeting Banquet was held at Bellingham Golf and Country Club last week. Three individuals who have served the game in our region for over 20 years; Derek Glazer of Vancouver, BC, Judy Thompson of Kent and Sharon Johnston of University Place, were honored with the Distinguished Service Award, the association's top honor, and will be inducted into the PNGA Hall of Fame.

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