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Archives: May 2011

May
21st

Ace helps Barron build big lead at Puget Sound Am

Tacoma’s Derek Barron picked a great time to record his first hole-in-one, and it helped leave him with a six-stroke lead after the first day of the Puget Sound Amateur at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.

Barron, the defending champion, fired a 4-under-par 67, and leads Gig Harbor’s Britten Barker and Sammamish’s Erik Hanson (73).

Barron hit a 6-iron on the 195-yard, par-3 third hole for an ace. Two holes later, he eagled the par-5 fifth to get off and running, looking to become the first repeat champion since Kyle Stanley (2005).

“I struck the ball well,” Baron said. “And my

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May
21st

Kyle Stanley at The Colonial, 3rd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Thursday through Sunday, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

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

Position: Stanley (1-under 209) is tied for 48th, 12 strokes behind leader Charlie Wi (197).

Recap: Another difficult day of golf as much of the field backed up. Stanley gained a few spots on the leaderboard – and was poised to be in the top 30 after he was 2-under on his round after making an 18-foot putt for his second birdie at the seventh hole. But he hit errant tee shots on two of Colonial CC’s

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May
20th

Kyle Stanley at The Colonial, 2nd Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Thursday through Sunday, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

Stanley’s second-round score: 1-under-par 69.

Position: Stanley (1-under 139) is tied for 54th, 15 strokes behind leader David Toms (124).

Recap: A weather delay, a few birdie-then-bogey stretches and then the 17th hole, which proved to be the crucial moment for the Gig Harbor resident. He landed his pitching wedge approach close, and sank an 11-foot putt for birdie to make the cut on the nose.

Tee time Saturday: 5:59 a.m. PDT off the first tee with Joe Ogivlie.

May
20th

Moore ousted at World Match Play Championships

At least Puyallup’s Ryan Moore will have the rest of the weekend to tour the coast of Spain.

Moore, the lone American at the Volvo World Match Play Championships this week on the European Tour, dropped the last four holes in a loser-out match against England’s Ross Fisher, and exited after a 1-down defeat.

Fisher is the defending champion at the Finca Cortesin course in Andalusia.

Moore was 4-up through seven holes, but could not finish off the talented Fisher.

Moore will play next at The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio in two weeks.

May
19th

Kyle Stanley at The Colonial, 1st Rd.

This week: PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Thursday through Sunday, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

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

Position: Stanley is tied for 59th, eight strokes behind co-leaders Chez Reavie and David Toms (62).

Recap: With only four pars on his first nine holes (three birdies, two bogeys), the Gig Harbor resident was still in good position at 1-under, and heading to a reachable par-5 hole to start his final nine holes. And then disaster struck – he drove into a fairway bunker and took two shots to get out of it, leading to a

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May
18th

Feenstra a record setter in nabbing second Washington Open title

If folks thought Lynden’s Tim Feenstra, the runaway leader at the 85th Washington Open Invitational, was due for a letdown, guess again.

Once again, he left the field in his dust – this time it earned him his second title at this championship.

Three birdies in his first five holes left the field too far behind, and Feenstra closed with a 1-under-par 70 to win the tournament held at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

His 12-under 200 total not only was seven shots better than Tacoma’s Michael Putnam (71), a PGA Tour, Feenstra eclipsed the tournament scoring total of 202, set by Chuck Milne in 1976 at Meridian Valley Country Club.

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May
18th

Washington Open: Enter at your own risk!

A bed of freshly-pruned roses were certainly not awaiting Tacoma’s Michael Putnam and Olympia’s Andres Gonzales – the two PGA Tour professionals – at this week’s Washington Open Invitational.

Neither was a lot of outward angst.

You see, the Washington Open is traditionally stamped as the one of the marquee tournaments for Northwest club professionals – guys who teach for a living.

Tour pros such as Putnam, Gonzales, even Puyallup’s Ryan Moore have their own deal: They play golf for a living.

This week, the two lifestyles seemed to meet – and not clash. Putnam and Gonzales were home last week since neither earned a spot at The Players Championship. And after this week’s Colonial filled without them, the two local products decided to play for the $15,000 prize at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

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May
18th

Kyle Stanley at The Colonial, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Thursday through Sunday, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas.

World ranking: 319th.

2011 earnings: $335,221 (107th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: After three consecutive missed cuts, the Gig Harbor product bounced back with a tied-for-45th at the Wells Fargo Championship (4-under-par 284) on May 8, then had last week off because of The Players Championship. This tournament was the only PGA Tour event Stanley made the cut in last season, but was impressive – tied for 27th at 10-under 270.

Tee time Thursday: 6:49 a.m. PDT off the 10th tee.