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Archives: May 2010

May
19th

Coston wins 4th Washington Open, claims stake as Northwest’s best pro

It was a win that put Blaine’s Jeff Coston alone atop the golf lore in Northwest major championship golf.

Coston’s 2-under-par 69 Wednesday, under everchanging weather conditions that included a heavy back-nine downpour, was good enough to capture the 84th Washington Open Invitational at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

It was Coston’s fourth Washington Open Invitational crown, and first since 2001 when he won it at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club.

On a grander scale, the win Wednesday lifted Coston past Portland pro Bob Duden, and to an 18th Northwest major title (consisting of Washington Open, Oregon Open, Northwest Open,

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May
18th

Look who’s leading: Three-time Washington Open champ Coston

No introduction is needed for the man leading the 84th Washington Open Invitational at Glendale Country Club heading into the final round Wednesday.

It’s Blaine’s Jeff Coston.

Coston, a former PGA Tour player, is one of the best closers in the business, and he’ll be gunning for his fourth Washington Open Invitational title playing in the final group Wednesday.

The 54-year-old veteran out of Semiahmoo Golf Club shot a 5-under-par 66 under wet morning conditions. He sits at 8-under 134, and has a one-stroke advantage over Seattle’s Ryan Benzel (71), the first-round leader, and Oregon’s Brent Murray (65).

Spokane’s Steve Prugh (69) and home-club professional Scott Williams (68) are tied for fourth, and lurk three strokes behind Coston at 137.

Lakewood’s Chris Griffin (71) is in a group in ninth at 140.

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May
17th

Benzel’s 64 grabs Washington Open lead after 1st Rd.

Whatever Seattle’s Ryan Benzel wanted to do Monday, including wherever he wanted to hit a golf ball, he did it.

It resulted in tying the lowest opening round in Washington Open Invitational history.

Benzel shot a 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke leader over Pepe Cortez, of Sahalee Country Club (66) at the 84th Washington Open Invitational at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

His round included six birdies and an eagle, on a day when the former standout from the University of Idaho claimed hitting just “three bad shots” all afternoon.

“And I made par on two of them,” Benzel said.

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May
16th

Nuts and bolts about 2010 Washington Open Invitational

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Here is a look at the state’s top golf championship for professionals:

What: 84th Washington Open Invitational

When: Monday through Wednesday

Where: Glendale Country Club, Bellevue

Defending champion: Brian Thornton, Sumner

Schedule: Daily tee times start at 7:30 a.m., and run in 11-minute intervals (for tee times, see http://www.pnwpga.com/teewo.pdf).

Notes: With a new and high-paying sponsor on board, the Washington Open Invitational will be played in a 54-hole professional-amateur format – much like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour. The positive is that the total purse has increased to $150,000 – with the winner

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May
11th

Thornton one step closer to ‘wildest dream’

The last time Sumner’s Brian Thornton was in this position, it was 2007. Win, and plays one of the best courses on the West Coast – Torrey Pines South Course – at a U.S. Open.

Thornton fell a few strokes short at U.S. Open sectional qualifying in Oregon.

This time around – after the Meridian Valley Country Club instructor was one of eight golfers to get out of U.S. Open local qualifying Monday – he will carry a bit more perspective as he heads to sectionals.

“I’ll take it and do my best,” he said, later adding if he got

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May
9th

Ryan Moore at The Players Championship, 4th Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s The Players Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Fourth-round score: 8-over-par 80.

Position: Moore (even-par 288) finished tied for 47th, 16 strokes behind winner Tim Clark (273).

Recap: Good thing the Puyallup golfer only has to see the TPC Sawgrass front nine for one week a season. On Sunday, he shot a 7-over 43 on it, including a triple bogey-7 on the fourth hole – a hole he double bogeyed in the third round. This time, he landed his approach shot in a creek running in front of the green, and ended

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May
8th

Ryan Moore at The Players Championship, 3rd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s The Players Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Third-round score: 1-under-par 71.

Position: Moore (8-under 208) is tied for 15th, five strokes behind leader Lee Westwood (203).

Recap: How good as the Puyallup golfer been on TPC Sawgrass’ treacherous back nine holes this week? He’s 14-under (12 birdies, one eagle, no bogeys) through three rounds – easily the best in the field. And he overcame an early double bogey by making three back-nine birdies at the 10th, 16th and 17th holes to post his third consecutive under-par round. Nobody has been better

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May
7th

Ryan Moore at The Players Championship, 2nd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s The Players Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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

Position: Moore (7-under 137) is tied for 10th, five strokes behind leader Lee Westwood (132).

Recap: You can look at this two ways, folks. First, the round Friday marked the first time the Puyallup golfer has posted back-to-back under-par rounds at The Players Championship, and he’s firmly in contention. Secondly, more than midway into his round – after opening with a blistering 6-under 30 on the back nine of TPC Sawgrass – he was at 12-under, and held a two-stroke

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