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Archives: June 2008


If we could only build them this way (TNT’s top 18 public holes)

Time to stop writing, and start playing.

So, here is The News Tribune’s (code word for “yours truly”) comprehensive guide to the best 18 PUBLIC holes in the South Sound.

Each hole on this list corresponds with what number hole it is on
its respective course (we don’t want to offend any of the architects).

A brief scouting report of the “TNT Links:”

1, Short par-4s are vital. They don’t necessarily have to be
drivable, but if they give a golfer something to think about on the
tee, then they

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Lee maintains Husky dominance of WSGA men’s amateur

The trophy for the Washington State Golf Association men’s state amateur will still have a purple-and-gold glow about it.

Richard Lee, who will join the University of Washington men’s golf
team, made it three years in a row for the Huskies by capturing the
title Friday at The Links at Moses Pointe in Moses Lake.

Lee carded a final-round 1-over-par 73, but it was still good enough
to win the title by five strokes over three golfers, including
defending champion Joel Dahmen.

He finished at 13-under 275. Derek Berg,

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Michael Putnam at Gretzky, 4th Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, The Georgian Bay Club, Ontario, Canada.

Fourth-round score: 1-over-par 72.

Position: Putnam (12-under 273) tied for 14th, four
strokes behind Justin Hicks and Casey Wittenberg (269). Hicks won the
title in a sudden-death playoff.

Recap: It’s become a head-scratching trend – big
numbers. In the last 20 holes, the Tacoma native had a triple bogey (on
No. 16 Saturday), and a pair of double bogeys Sunday (Nos. 7 and 10).
In his past eight rounds, including at last week’s Knoxville Open, he’s
had at least a

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Mackenzie lines up Northwest Shootout

Paige MacKenzie, the former University of Washington standout now on
the LPGA, is bringing a little of that touring flavor back to the

MacKenzie, of Yakima, will be the hostess of the inaugural
“Northwest Shootout” on Oct. 4 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent.

Twelve LPGA Tour players, including Mackenzie, will play in a format
called a “Horse Race” at the one-day event. On each hole, one team will
be eliminated in the best-ball competition, until the champion emerges.

Some of the LPGA Tour participants include

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Michael Putnam at Gretzky, 1st Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Ford Wayne Gretzky
Classic, Thursday through Sunday, The Georgia Bay Club and Raven Golf
Club in Ontario, Canada.

First-round score: 3-under-par 68 at Georgia Bay.

Position: Putnam is tied for 24th, four strokes behind leader Aron Price (7-under 65 at Raven GC).

Recap: It was a round of “three” for the Tacoma
native. He mad three birdies in a row (Nos. 13-15), but followed that
with three consecutive bogeys (Nos. 4-6). The Pepperdine All-American
bounced back by finishing up with birdies on the seventh and ninth
holes, and was fifth

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Up-and-down savers: Will Torrey Pines’ success affect Chambers Bay’s standing, and other tidbits

The West Coast has been a priority for the United States Golf Association in finding another site for the U.S. Open.

The USGA’s highest-profile tournament has been to Pebble Beach and
Olympic Club numerous times. A third course, preferably a public venue,
was being sought out.

That is big reason why the USGA chose to hold its 2008 U.S. Open two
weeks ago at Torrey Pines, a municipal course near San Diego.

Torrey Pines, a favorite PGA Tour stop in February with the Buick

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Michael Putnam at Gretzky, preview

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Fort Wayne Gretzky
Classic, Thursday through Sunday, The Georgian Bay Club and Raven Golf
Club in Ontario, Canada.

World ranking: 544th.

2008 earnings: $45,028 (63rd on the Nationwide Tour).

Last tournament: The Tacoma native broke a string
of four missed cuts by going the distance at last week’s Knoxville Open
(3-under 285), finishing 59th and earning $1,550. This week, he is the
CEO of “Team Putnam,” paired with a semi-celebrity in Canada in the
debut event for ex-NHL star Wayne Gretzky, who is no doubt the
headliner athlete this

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Doctor: No surprises with Tiger’s knee surgery

From the Associated Press:

Tiger Woods had reconstructive surgery on his left knee
in Utah to repair a torn ligament, and doctors said it was “highly
unlikely” there would be any long-term effects.

It was the second time in 10 weeks Woods had surgery on his knee, this time on his anterior cruciate ligament.

“We were confident going into this surgery, and I am pleased with
the results,” Dr. Thomas D. Rosenberg said in a statement released by
IMG, Woods’ management company.

“There were no surprises during the procedure, and as we have said,

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