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Archives: April 2008


WSU’s Welch also looking to punch LPGA ticket

Don’t let the nylon head scarf and the shy demeanor fool you.

Kim Welch is a bomber.

Joining Tacoma’s Dana Bates on the 12-person cast of the Golf
Channel’s “Big Break Ka’anapali” in Hawaii is Welch, who also spent
time in Washington as one of the best golfers to come out of Washington
State University.

She won 11 times and had 29 top-10 finishes for the Cougars between
2003 and 2005. She shares the school’s single-round record of 66, set
in her senior season.

Welch, 24, is now

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Ryan Moore at Byron Nelson, 2nd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Thursday
through Sunday, TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, Texas.
Second-round score: Even-par 70.
Position: Moore (3-under 137) is tied for fifth, two strokes behind
leader (and fellow UNLV alum) Adam Scott of Australia (5-under 135).
Recap: It could have been better – the Puyallup golfer fell from the
overnight lead. But it certainly could have been worse – 101 of the 154
rounds played Friday in windy conditions were over-par. Moore had it to
5-under for the tournament at one point, but

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Michael Putnam at Henrico, 2nd Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Henrico Open, Thursday through Sunday, The Dominion Club, Richmond, Va..
Second-round score: 4-under-par 68.
Position: Putnam (7-under 137) is tied for 15th, seven strokes behind leader Bubba Dickerson (14-under 130).
Recap: The Tacoma native moved up 12 spots on the leaderboard Friday,
but did not make up ground on Dickerson, who also shot a 68. With five
inches of rough, this course demands driving accuracy, and Putnam had
hit 20 of 28 fairways through two rounds. On Friday, four of his five
birdies were made on 6-foot putts or

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Ryan Moore near the lead at Byron Nelson

Second-round play Friday at the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving,
Texas has not quite wrapped up, but Puyallup’s Ryan Moore, one of the
first-round co-leaders, went out early, and stayed in the hunt after
his even-par 70.

Moore is currently tied for third with six other players, two strokes back of leader Adam Scott.

The Cascade Christian graduate had five birdies and five bogeys on
his card Friday, hit only 10 greens in regulation but, again, made
critical putts when he needed to.

Here are some of Moore’s

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Ryan Moore at Byron Nelson, 1st Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s EDS Byron Nelson Classic, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving Texas.
First-round score: 3-under-par 67.
Position: Moore is a co-leader with Eric Axley and Matthew Goggin.
Recap: The Puyallup product easily had his best round of 2008 on
Thursday. And the fact it came early was even more of a surprise, since
he ranked 106th on tour in scoring average before the cut (71.59
strokes). Moore went off in the afternoon of a typical blustery Texas
day, and

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Michael Putnam at Henrico, 1st Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Henrico Open, Thursday through Sunday, The Dominion Club, Richmond, Va.
First-round score: 3-under 69.
Position: Putnam is tied for 27th, nine strokes behind leader Bubba Dickerson (10-under 62).
Recap: If you tuned into in the wee hours of the morning,
Putnam was the face of the guys who were posting great rounds early.
That didn’t hold up as others blistered the course in the afternoon,
but the Tacoma native’s round (five birdies, two bogeys) was still
Tee time Friday: 9:50 a.m. PDT off the first tee.


Another Harbottle design: Palouse Ridge

Washington State University’s existing nine-hole golf course had
become a laugher, only challenging enough to host the modest hacker for
a couple of hours.

Campus officials have know that for a while, so they pushed for an upgrade.

In a few months, they will have it – Palouse Ridge Golf Club, a
championship 18-hole facility designed by Tacoma’s John Harbottle III.

The hope is not only will Palouse Ridge be the type of course to
attract corporate sponsorship for the university, but someday it could
host the Pacific-10

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