Blog 96, 2/4/11 - Vikings Move up at Waikoloa, R11 Day, Lake Padden Newsletter.

With a second-day two-over-par 290 and two-round total of 584 (+8), Western Washington University moved three places up the leaderboard into 17th at the Ameri Ari Invitational in Hawaii yesterday. Western was grouped on day two with Stanford, UC Davis, and  Florida State one of the two Div I teams (the other; Hawaii), that Western is currently beating.
Low Viking after 36 holes is Nick Varelia who added a two-under 70 on the King's Course at Waikoloa Beach to his opening 71 to climb into a tie for 23rd on three-under 141 - ten shots behind individual leader Daniel Miernicki of Oregon. Xavier Dailly is tied for 59th on 145 (74, 71), Sam Ayotte is tied 86th on 149 (76, 73), and Sandy Vaughn is tied for 96th on 150 (74, 76), and Dylan Goodwin  is a shot further behind and tied for 99th (75, 76).
"Our day was similar to yesterday in that we were really close to having a good round," said coach Steve Card. "If we can clean up some of our errors, we can finish this thing off right."
Leading the tournament is the nation's top-ranked team Oklahoma State whhich shot a 15-under 273 to move seven shots clear of UCLA in second.
Check the latest scores here.

r11This Friday is Not Like the Others
It's possible, if you haven't been watching the Golf Channel lately, read any golf magazines, been chatting with your golf buddies, or received any promotional emails, that you won't know today is R11 Day when TaylorMade releases its new white-crowned, adjustable driver. Strangely, the marketing of the club hasn't focused on how much farther it will hit the ball than your current driver but how the white reduces glare and makes the head look larger. That strikes me as strange, risky even, when sales of drivers depend almost entirely on how far they claim to hit the ball (TM's marketeers probably know what they're doing though). Sure enough, TM's biggest rival Callaway put an ad in today's edition of 'USA Today' with the line 'Performance over Paint', and added that, in tests, its new RAZR Hawk driver (available on February 18th) was six yards longer than the R11.
If glare off your black-crowned driver has been bothering you lately (do we get driver glare up here?), and if you don't think your 460cc club looks big enough already, then the R11 might be for you. Pro Golf Discount on Meridian St. has them in stock priced at $399.99 ($499.99 for the TP model). TM rep Jake Sowby will be at the store next Tuesday (8th) from 4pm-7pm to demo the club. You can also check out the R11 at North Bellingham, Shuksan and Lake Padden though you should call the pro shops to check they have one in stock. Sudden Valley is also getting some in.
We'll be testing the R11 as soon as one becomes available.

17 Tournaments Scheduled for Lake Padden Men's Club
The latest Lake Padden Men's Club newsletter, including this summer's tournament schedule, was published earlier this week. Under the welcome message from President Quentin Thompson is the news that the WSGA has moved the cut-off date for membership renewal back to February 28th. If you want uninterrupted use of GHIN you must have paid your dues by that date. You can renew at the pro shop or sign up online at the Men's Club web site.
17 tournaments are scheduled from March through October. Last year, almost $30,000 was paid out in prize money plus deuce/skin money. 2011 Twilight Leagues begin play on May 4th and 5th. If you have questions for Thursday night call Gordy Loomis at 734-0483 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it If you have questions for Wednesday night  call Ron Kowalke at 733-3930 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Sign-up sheets will be on the Men’s Club bulletin board. Limit is 14 teams per night. Play is from the Granite tees.

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