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 his understudy, and pretty
much followed closely how he went about his business in staffing local
and national events.
The real test came in the summer of 1998 when the PGA Championship
came to Sahalee Country Club in Redmond. We had a team of 10 or so
writers, columnists, photographers covering the event. Ramsdell trusted
me to staff the “quickie-quote” area – generally the area where the
golfers congregate after their rounds before heading off to the lounge,
or locker room.
There, I saw Lee Janzen and David Duval tear up after topsy-turvy
opening rounds, I confused Stuart Appleby with Robert Allenby in an
interview session and heard a few pricless quips from caddies.
Officially, that was my baptism in what goes in in big-time
tournaments, and a major certainly qualifies as such.
Ramsdell left in 2001, and I assumed the reins of this beat.
Big days are ahead: How locals such as Puyallup’s Ryan Moore and
Tacoma’s Michael Putnam will fare in professional golf, how an event
such as the 2010 U.S. Amateur will be received in Pierce County, and if
the 2015 U.S. Open will be the resounding success county officials
predict it will be.
This blog is designed to keep readers abreast of that type of
information, plus local news, course reviews and pro-con arguments on
issues. Enjoy and be involved!