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Archives: May 2009

May
20th

Thornton’s late charge nets Washington Open title

It was try-to-go-low day Wednesday, something that is sweet music the ears of Sumner’s Brian Thornton.

And his 6-under-par 66 was good enough to grab a victory at the 83rd
Washington Open Invitational on the golf course he teaches at, Meridian
Valley Country Club in Kent.

Thornton, a teaching professional at Meridian Valley, finished at
6-under 210, which was one stroke better than Tom Sovay (66), the head
pro at Harbour Point Golf Club in Mukilteo, at 211.

Midway through the final round, it was Chris Griffin, the former
assistant pro at Tacoma Country and

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May
20th

Ryan Moore at Byron Nelson, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas.

World ranking: 177th.

2009 earnings: $445,739 (90th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: In line for at least a top-20
finish, the Puyallup golfer shot his worst round on the PGA Tour – an
84 – in the final round of The Players Championship on May 10 to
finished 70th (10-over 298). He’s coming off a week-long break, and
returns to the tournament where he came closest to notching his first
career victory, losing to Adam Scott in

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May
20th

Troy Kelly at Byron Nelson, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas.

World ranking: 1,213th.

2009 earnings: $11,178 (229th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: Getting in a playing rhythm is
crucial for the players, and for the first time since February, Kelly
will play in back-to-back weeks. The Tacoma resident missed the cut at
last week’s Valero Texas Open (2-over 142), but shot his first even-par
score or better (second-round 70) since the second event of the year,
at the Bob Hope Classic in late January. He ranks 16th

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May
19th

Oregon pro leads Washington Open

The last time Birk Nelson was making waves in the Northwest’s golf
scene, he was an All-American at Oregon State battling Tiger Woods for
the Pacific-10 Conference championship in the mid-1990s.

Well, he’s resurfaced at the 83rd Washington Open Invitational in Kent.

Nelson, now the head pro at Diamond Woods Golf Club in Oregon, fired
the day’s best round – a 4-under-par 68 – at Meridian Valley Country
Club, and takes a one stroke lead into today’s final round.

At 6-under 138, he leads former University of Washington standout
Derek Berg, an amateur who led

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May
19th

This week’s tournaments

PGA TOUR’s Byron Nelson Championship

Site: Irving, Texas.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas (7,166 yards, par 70).

Purse: $6.5 million. Winner’s share: $1,152,000.

Television (all times PDT): Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, noon-3
p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.) and CBS
(Saturday-Sunday, noon-3 p.m.).

Last year: Australia’s Adam Scott won the last of six PGA Tour
titles, topping Puyallup’s Ryan Moore with a 48-foot birdie putt on the
third hole of a playoff.

Last week: Zach Johnson successfully defended his Texas Open title,
beating James Driscoll in San Antonio with a 10-foot birdie

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May
16th

Michael Putnam at BMW Charity, 3rd Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am,
Thursday through Sunday, Thornblade Club, The Carolina CC and Bright’s
Creek GC, North and South Carolina.

Third-round score: 2-under-par 70 at Carolina CC.

Position: Putnam (6-under 209) finished tied for 70th, and one cut from making the cut. Michael Sim leads at 195.

Recap: The Tacoma golfer must be kicking himself.
Needing to make up two strokes over the final two holes, he went
flag-hunting on the par-4 17th, and landed in the rough leading to a
bogey. On the par-5 18th, he came back to make an

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May
15th

Troy Kelly at Valero Texas Open, 2nd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open, Thursday through Sunday, The Resort Course at La Cantera Golf Club, San Antonio.

Second-round score: Even-par 70.

Position: Kelly (2-over 142) finished tied for 104th, 14 strokes behind leader Paul Goydos (128).

Recap: Even though the Tacoma resident missed
playing the weekend for a sixth consecutive time (five missed cuts, one
withdraw), at least Kelly’s scores are finishing closer to par. The
highlight of his round was his third shot on the 656-yard, par-5 first
hole. After landing his tee shot in trouble, he had 375 yards into

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May
15th

Michael Putnam at BMW Charity, 2nd Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am,
Thursday through Sunday, Thornblade Club, The Carolina CC and Bright’s
Creek GC, North and South Carolina

Second-round score: 2-over-par 73 at Thornblade Club.

Position: Putnam (4-under 139) is tied for 64th, nine strokes behind Seattle’s Jeff Gove (130), the leader.

Recap: Most golfers shot up the leaderboard with
good scores; the Tacoma native fell back. It was equally frustrating
because his playing partner (and good friend) Bubba Dickerson shot a 64
on the same course. The day after Putnam missed one fairway in the
first round, he

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