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Archives: Aug. 2011

Aug.
25th

Putnam, Williams reach round of 32 at U.S. Amateur

University Place’s Andrew Putnam and Chris Williams, out of the University of Washington, completed their rain-delayed opening matches at the U.S. Amateur with victories.

Williams handled David Lee, 2 and 1, while Putnam throttled Juan Salcedo, 6 and 5 at Erin Hill Golf Club in Wisconsin.

Putnam opened his match with an eagle at th eopening hole, then finished Salcedo off with a pair of par-3 birdies over his final five holes.

Aug.
24th

Yun ousted at U.S. Amateur; Putnam, Williams lead

The U.S. Amateur has been a rainy, soggy mess so far this week at Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin – enough to delay action.

But first-round matches from the top 64 did get underway Wednesday night – and some were decided.

Tacoma’s Andrew Yun, the No. 33 seed, lost to U.S. Ryder Cu[ team member Harris English, 3 and 1.

University Place’s Andrew Putnam, the No. 18 seed (2-up lead over Juan Salcedo through seven holes) and Chris Williams, the UW’s top golfer and 20th seed (3-up lead over David Lee through 12 holes) will continue their suspended matches

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Aug.
24th

No fright in Prugh, he wins NW Open by 5

Spokane’s Corey Prugh continued his torrid play this summer, not only wrapping up his second PGA Northwest sectional major – the Northwest Open Invitational – but player of the year honors as well.

The assistant professional from Manitou Golf Club shot a 2-under-par 70 in the final round Wednesday at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla to finish at 10-under 206 – good enough for a five-stroke victory over defending champion Brian Thornton (70) and Cle Elum amateur Dan Whitaker (72).

Puyallup’s Derek Barron shot a 66, and placed fifth alone at 213.

Prugh made two front-nine birdies, starting on the fourth hole when he canned a 15-foot putt. And Whitaker, who trimmed the deficit to two shots heading into the final nine holes, fell back with bogeys at the 12th, 17th and 18th holes.

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Aug.
24th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at The Barclays, preview

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

World rankings: Moore is 45th; Stanley 196th.

2011 earnings: Moore has $1.65 million (39th on the PGA Tour), and Stanley has $1.1 million (67th on the PGA Tour).

FedEx Cup playoff standings: Moore is 38th with 883 points. Stanley is 48th with 761 points.

Last tournament: A tied-for-56th showing (7-over 287) at the PGA Championship on Aug. 14 not only extended Moore’s current streak of cuts made to six in a row, it meant he made the cut in

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Aug.
23rd

Prugh in charge after another 68 at NW Open

It might take one heck of an Eastern Washington twister to blow Spokane’s Corey Prugh off course at the Northwest Open Invitational.

Prugh carded his second consecutive 4-under-par 68 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. His 8-under 136 total leads Cle Elum’s Dan Whitaker (65) by three strokes heading into the final round Wednesday.

Sumner’s Brian Thornton (71), the defending champion, is alone in third at 141.

“It is a long shot (to come back),” Thornton said. “Corey is playing good golf right now. I don’t expect him to falter. he hasn’t shown that tendency when he is in the lead.”

At one point, Thornton was 3-under on his round before making bogey at the ninth hole.

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Aug.
23rd

Moore becoming a veteran in high-stakes FedEx Cup playoffs

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore has seen just about everything in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

He has started low, and bowed out early (see 2008). He has come in with a win, and departed one step too soon (see 2009). And last season, he completed every leg of the four-tournament swing.

So what about 2011? Moore comes in ranked 38th with 883 points – and in a similar position as last year when he was 35th to start the postseason, and ended up making it to the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

“It is nice (being 38th),” he said by telephone Tuesday. “You don’t have to do anything spectacular whereas farther down, you have to do something special.”

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Aug.
22nd

Prugh tames windy Wine Valley for 68, leads NW Open

On a windy day in Eastern Washington wine country, Spokane’s Corey Prugh was the steadiest golfer after day one of the Northwest Open Invitational.

The reigning Rosauers Open champion fired a 4-under-par 68 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, and holds a one-stroke lead over three golfers, including Blaine’s Jeff Coston (69).

Only 13 of the 133 golfers broke par Monday. One of them was defending champion Brian Thornton, of Sumner, who is tied for fifth after a 70.

Gusts in the morning reached 30 mph on the wide-open, links-style layout.

“On the third hole, my wife was along, and I said, ‘This course is playing completely different than the pro-am (Sunday),” Thornton said. “On the back nine, it was a solid two-to-three club wind.”

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