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Archives: July 2008


Locals decorate 108th U.S. Amateur field

The United States Men’s Amateur championship is the oldest of any
USGA championship, played since 1895. Participants have to have a 2.4
handicap or better.

This year’s tournament is being played Aug. 18-24 at Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 in North Carolina.

Here are capsules of the local products – Tacoma’s T.J. Bordeaux,
Olympia’s Cameron Peck, University Place’s Andrew Putnam and Gig
Harbor’s Kyle Stanley:

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Ryan Moore at Legends Reno-Tahoe, 1st Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, Thursday through Sunday, Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nev.

First-round score: Even-par 72.

Position: Moore is tied for 55th, seven strokes behind leader Jeff Overton (65).

Recap: The Puyallup product had it to 2-under after
sinking an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th, but finished up with
bogeys on Nos. 13 and 16. He finished with 30 putts.

Tee time Friday: 7:23 a.m. PDT off the 10th tee.


Michael Putnam at Cox Classic, 1st Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Cox Classic, Thursday through Sunday, Champions Run, Omaha. Neb.

First-round score: 4-under-par 67.

Position: Putnam is tied for 21st, four strokes behind leader D.A. Points (63)

Recap: Once again, the Tacoma golfer was a
birdie-making machine – his seven ranks No. 2 in the field. Oddly
enough, none of his birdies came on par-5s. He did double bogey the
par-4 second hole, one of the few holes where he did not hit the green
in regulation (hit 15 of 18 in his round).

Tee time Friday: 11:05 a.m. PDT off the 10th

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Ryan Moore at Legends Reno-Tahoe, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, Thursday through Sunday, Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nev.

World ranking: 90th.

2008 earnings: $1,116,001 (63rd on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: The Puyallup golfer missed out on
qualifying for the British Open, and his last-ditch effort to be the
highest finisher at the John Deere Classic (tied for 74th at 2-over
286) to get into the British Open was not a success. So, he took a
couple weeks off to get ready for the home stretch, and has been
working out with a new caddie who

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Michael Putnam at Cox Classic, preview

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Cox Classic, Thursday through Sunday, Champions Run, Omaha, Neb.

World ranking: 534th.

2008 earnings: $89,841 (46th on the Nationwide Tour).

Last tournament: Five consecutive cuts made,
including a season-best tied-for-sixth finish at last week’s Children’s
Hospital Invitational, has the Tacoma product surging at the right
time. He is fourth on the tour in total birdies (222), but is only 30th
in scoring average (71.14).

Tee time Thursday: 6:05 a.m. PDT off the first tee with Gary Christian and Todd Fischer.


This week’s tournaments

PGA TOUR’s WEC-Bridgestone Invitational

Site: Akron, Ohio.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Firestone Country Club, South Course (7,360 yards, par 70).

Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1.35 million.

FedEx Cup points: 26,250. Winner’s share: 4,725.

Television (all times PDT): Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3
p.m., 5:30-9:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Last year: Tiger Woods won for the third consecutive year and sixth
time overall. He closed with a 5-under 65 at Firestone for an 8-under
272 total and an eight-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini and Justin Rose.

Last week: Chez Reavie won the Canadian Open for

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Juniors go for their own gold at WJGA championships

A state championship is on the line, for both boys and girls, from
Washington and Idaho, starting Wednesday at the 32nd Washington Junior
Golf Association championships in Spokane.

Two rounds of qualifying (Wednesday-Thursday) will take place for
the the 16-17, 14-15 and 12-13 boys and girls age groups. The 8-11 boys
and girls will play nine-hole rounds those same days.

The cut will be Friday, and the entire WJGA tournament continues at Spokane Country Club for the final round.

For further information, look at the WJGA’s Website at

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Nine-year-old gets ace at Oakbrook

Jacob Meyer reacted like any shocked golfer would. He jogged up to
the hole, peeked in and raised his hands, celebrating the rare feat of
a hole-in-one.

Did we mention Meyer is just 9 years old?

Meyer, who enters the fourth grade at Crescent Heights Elementary
School in Tacoma, sent his hybrid iron on the par-3 sixth hole at
Oakbrook Golf and Country Club right on the green July 17 as he played
nine holes with his grandparents and sister, Taylor, who is 6.

The hole was playing 125 yards that day. Nobody knew how

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