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Archives: June 2009


Seattle pro closes in on lead in club pro championship

Seattle’s Ryan Benzel shot one of the day’s best scores – a
4-under-par 67 – to move up 32 spots in the third round of the PGA Club
Professional Championship at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana
Pueblo, N.M.

Benzel, a former University of Idaho golfer, had five birdies and
one bogey – including three birdies on par-4 holes of 470 yards or

“I’ve missed only two fairways on this course,” Benzel said. “I’m
just killing the golf ball, and hitting it on a line I want to. As long

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Benzel in hunt for PGA Championship bid

Ryan Benzel’s attempt to play in three PGA Championships in a row is still alive.

Benzel, the Northwest’s top club professional from Seattle, shot a
3-over-par 74 Monday, and made the cut at the PGA Professional National
Championship in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

Currently, he sits at 1-over 143, and is tied for 46th. The top 70
and ties in the 309-golfer field made the cut for the final two rounds,
which will be played at Twin Warriors Golf Club.

In 2007, Benzel finished tied for second, and last season, he was
tied for fifth

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Stacked field again for Sahalee Players

The legend of this tournament continues to grow, and this 16th
Sahalee Players Championship will boast as strong a field as it has
ever showcased.

Nick Taylor, the top-ranked amateur and recent U.S. Open finisher
from the University of Washington, will tee it up. So will USC’s
Matthew Giles, who shared the co-Pacific-10 Conference player of the
year honors with Taylor, and defending Sahalee champion Trent
Whitekiller, of Oklahoma State.

Locally, reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion Cameron Peck, of
Lacey, and University Place’s Andrew Putnam, who plays at Pepperdine,
are among the

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Moore: ‘Certainly feel like myself again’

Yes, Puyallup’s Ryan Moore has heard the collective set of groans
from his supporters every time he’s missed the cut this season on the
PGA Tour.

And he knows they’ve gotten pretty loud after missing three in a row after the Memorial Tournament earlier this month in Ohio.

Since then, Moore has regained his old form, posting a tied-for-10th
at the U.S. Open, and taking home his best finish of 2009 on Sunday
afternoon with a tied-for-fourth at The Travelers Championship in
Cromwell, Conn.

It was the first time Moore has posted consecutive top-10 finishes

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Michael Putnam at Players Cup, 4th Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Players Cup, Thursday through Sunday, Pete Dye Golf Club, Bridgeport, W.Va.

Fourth-round score: 4-under-par 68.

Position: Putnam (9-under 279) finished tied for seven, six strokes behind winner Tom Gillis (273).

Recap: Scores were high, and the Tacoma golfer took
advantage by climbing 16 spots in the final round to post his best
finish – and first top-10 – of the season. He had three front-nine
birdies, and posted his third eagle of the tournament on the par-5
17th, repeating that feat from Saturday.

Next: He has a week off, but will play

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Go-for-broke style still nets McCaslin 79th Tacoma City Am championship

By his own admission, Lacey’s Jon McCaslin had no idea how he was
going to try and protect an eight-stroke leading heading into the final
round of the 79th Tacoma City Amateur.

So he went for broke – and came out of it OK.

Bombing drives of 330 yards on an Oakbrook Country and Golf Club
layout that demands precision over power, McCaslin shot a 4-over-par 75
Sunday to win the title by three strokes over defending champion Jarred
Bossio, of Olympia.

The 25-year-old McCaslin finished the three-round championship at
3-under 211. Bossio, who

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Ryan Moore and Kyle Stanley at Travelers, 3rd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

Moore’s third-round score: 2-under-par 68.

Stanley’s third-round score: Even-par 70.

Position: Moore (11-under 199) is tied for ninth, and Stanley (203) is tied for 26th. Paul Goydos leads at 194.

Recap: A real solid round again by Moore, who hit
all but one green in regulation, but made few of the putts for birdies.
He did attack the short par-3 holes on the back nine with 9-irons, and
was rewarded, making a 10-footer on the 11th (playing 158 yards), and a

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Michael Putnam at Players Cup, 3rd Rd.

This week: Nationwide Tour’s Players Cup, Thursday through Sunday, Pete Dye Golf Club, Bridgeport, W.Va.

Third-round score: 2-under-par 70.

Position: Putnam (5-under 211) is tied for 23rd, eight strokes behind leader Tom Gillis (203).

Recap: One thing is for sure about the Tacoma
golfer, he never gives in. And he could have Saturday when he had a
bogey-bogey-double bogey stretch on Nos. 8 through 10 to fall 3-over on
his round. But he responded with four birdies, and another eagle on the
par-5 17th to lead to his tour-leading total of 13. He’s in search of

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