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Archives: Aug. 2011


Bordeaux’s pursuit of a pro career starts in Florida

Sometimes a mulligan is worth mentioning.

Fircrest’s T.J. Bordeaux wanted to play golf at the University of Washington as long as he could remember. The reciprocation was lukewarm, at best.

So, Bordeaux graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 2007, and went off on his own to the University of Pacific to become one of that school’s all-time best products.

In retrospect, would a UW lineup last season consisting of Chris Williams, Bordeaux and Charlie Hughes looked pretty formidable? Sure – or coach Matt Thurmond should think so.

Did it all play out for the best for Bordeaux, who is now set to turn professional and play the Hooters Winter Tour starting in late October in Florida? You betcha.

“I wanted to go to the UW since I was 8 years old,” Bordeaux said Tuesday. “But if I had ended up there, I would have seen my family twice a month, at least. Essentially I would have never left home, and I would have never really depended on myself.

“There (at Pacific), it was all on you grow up, especially in work ethic and working on my own.”

The move to Florida was one of many vital choices he made this summer. First, he hired an agent – Seattle-based newcomer Heather Deranek, who is from Gig Harbor.

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No surgery needed for Putnam’s fractured wrist

Rest – which means eight to 10 weeks in a cast – and not surgery will be the treatment for Tacoma golfer Michael Putnam’s ailing left wrist.

Putnam, the Life Christian Academy and Pepperdine graduate, suffered a fracture in the lunate bone June 22 while hitting golf balls at a practice facility in Raleigh, N.C. – the day before the start of the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour.

He played in that event – and two more tournaments thereafter before withdrawing from the Greenbrier Classic midway through the second round in July.

A week later in Reno, Nev., doctors detected the wrist fracture. Putnam immediately returned home, and had been meeting with hand specialists for the past month.

Finally on Tuesday, his hand was put in a full cast, performed by Dr. Carleton Keck, of Seattle Hand Surgery. Keck also does work with athletes from the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks as well.

“The injury is probably not as uncommon as doctors once thought, because it never usually gets diagnosed … by an X-ray,” Putnam said. “I had an X-ray today, and it showed my bone perfect with no flaws.”

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Calcavecchia’s birdie in playoff nets Boeing Classic title

It took an extra hole, but Mark Calcavecchia finally reeled in his first Champions Tour victory.

Three finishing birdies in regulation were not enough as Russ Cochran matched him shot for shot.

But in the sudden-death playoff, Calcavecchia nestled a 30-foot putt from off the 18th green close enough for a short birdie, and Cochran missed his chip short from the back rough to extend the tournament.

Both Calcavecchia and Cochran finished with 7-under-par 65 – tying for the low round of the week – at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge to finish at 14-under 202.

The longtime PGA Tour veteran’s last

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Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Barclays, 3rd Rd.

This week: The Barclays, Thursday through Sunday, Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J. – the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Stanley’s third-round score: 2-under-par 69.

Position: Stanley (10-under 203) tied for 24th – nine strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson (194). Moore (3-under 139) missed the cut Friday.

Recap: The day started slow – Stanley missed a 6-foot putt for par on the opening hole – but the Bellarmine Prep did make seven birdies in what was round of streaks. He finished strong, nearly holing a 35-foot chip for eagle at No. 16, and then hitting his drive in greenside

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Youth golf served, First Tee of South Puget Sound approved

After undertaking an exhaustive process for accreditation, The First Tee of South Puget Sound became a reality Thursday.

The local non-profit organization was officially approved by the national association as the 23rd active in-state First Tee chapter – but first in Pierce County.

“It was kind of surreal, in a way,” said Matt Enloe, The First Tee of South Puget Sound’s executive director. “We are real excited about what we can do now, and how we can represent the First Tee in an official capacity.”

The First Tee’s primary directive is to teach children of all backgrounds about the game of golf – its core values of sportsmanship and integrity, as well as how to play it.

A local group, led by Enloe, sent a letter of intention to the national First Tee board for approval in May of 2010 – giving it one year to comply with all the application requirements:

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Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Barclays, 2nd Rd.

This week: The Barclays, Thursday through Saturday, Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J. – the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Stanley’s second-round score: 5-under-par 66.

Moore’s second-round score: 1-over 72.

Position: Stanley (8-under 134) is tied for 12th, six strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar (14-under 128). Moore (3-under 139) missed the cut by one shot, tying for 73rd.

Recap: With the threat of Hurricane Irene, tournament officials decided Friday that The Barclays would be shortened to three rounds – with Saturday being the final round. And Stanley will be the only local sticking around. Of his six birdies, four

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Putnam out at U.S. Amateur . . . and now the pros?

Could a round-of-32 defeat Thursday at the 111th U.S. Amateur be the final appearance of Andrew Putnam’s accomplished amateur golf career?

He has an idea in the back of his mind.

But he is not telling – at least for a week, anyway.

Putnam, the three-time Class 1A state boys champion from Life Christian, and three-time All-American at Pepperdine, was eliminated by Texan Kelly Kraft, 3 and 2, in the afternoon at Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin.

Earlier in the day, the University Place golfer finished up a rain-postponed first-round match with a 6-and-5 triumph over Jaun Salcedo, also of Texas. Putnam was the No. 18 seed in the championship.

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Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Barclays, 1st Rd.

This week: The Barclays, Thursday through Sunday, Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J. – the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Moore’s first-round score: 4-under-par 67.

Stanley’s first-round score: 3-under 68.

Position: Moore is tied for seventh, and Stanley is tied for 17th – all trailing leader Harrison Frazar (64).

Position: Before rain suspended play, the locals were stuck in neutral – at even-par. When it resumed, Moore and Stanley both made final-nine birdies to crack the top 20. In fact, Moore, of Cascade Christian, birdied his final four holes – the last coming on the drivable par-4 18th where

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