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Archives: Feb. 2008


Flood recovery in Lewis County

Severe rainstorms last December caused significant flooding in Lewis County, damaging homes, businesses and even golf courses.

The one facility that was ravaged by the flooding was Riverside Golf Club in Chehalis, a 6,155-yard, par-72 course along the Chehalis River.

Under ordinary rainy conditions, this course tends to become mushy. But not like in December.

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World tunes in to Chambers Bay

News about the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open coming to
Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place broke Feb. 8. Needless to
say, stories about the appointment have circulated throughout the golf

Here is The News Tribune’s virtual-tour link on Chambers Bay when the course opened in June of 2007.

GolfWorld certainly liked the USGA’s decision to come to Chambers Bay, as does Golf Digest. said it’s the golfers who don’t mind traveling to play a U.S. Open site that benefit.

Other U.S. newspapers have also chimed in.

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Does a U.S. Amateur guarantee a U.S. Open is next?

When the USGA goes through its decision-making process on whether or
not a site is capable of hosting the competitive and corporate rigors
of a U.S. Open, it traditionally test drives one of its other
championships at the course first.

And if a site is able to host a U.S. Amateur, it can start wondering: Is the U.S. Open next?

Much of the time, yes.

But not all of the time.

Pebble Beach (Calif.) hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1999; the U.S. Open in 2000.
Oakmont (Pa.) hosted the U.S. Am in 2003;

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Don’t underestimate a Jones’ influence on 2015 U.S. Open

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota for a membership that aimed for one goal: Hosting a national championship.

Jones got his wish when Hazeltine GC, which opened in 1962, was
selected to be the site of the 1970 U.S. Open, won by Tony Jacklin.

No living course architect has built a course that has hosted the U.S. Open since. And Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the son of the late Hazeltine builder, knew that.

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A golf writer made

Why am I on the first tee, and not you?

The question comes up often as to what qualifies a writer to cover what sport. And I am connected with the golf beat.

Brief background: Played since I was 12 (home taught). Competed on
the Foss High golf team (18-handicap) – not great, not bad, but good
enough for me to comprehend what standout amateurs and professionals
are trying to do when they play.

When I arrived to The News Tribune in 1994, we had the region’s best
golf reporter here in Paul Ramsdell. I was

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