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Archives: May 2012

May
25th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at Colonial, 2nd Rd.

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

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

Stanley’s second-round score: 4-over 74.

Position: Moore (4-under 136) is tied for eighth place, seven strokes behind leader Jason Dufner (65) at 129. Stanley (6-over 146) missed the cut.

Recap: Once again, Moore has put himself in contention going into the weekend. And once again, he has limited his bogey output (two bogeys in two rounds). He was 1-over for the round until he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the 12th hole, and then holed out a

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May
24th

Harbottle, renowned local golf course architect, dies in California

Sad news that a few sources have confirmed tonight: John (Jeff) Harbottle III, who designed two of the Northwest’s crown jewel golf course in the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain and Palouse Ridge, died today in California. He was 53.

Here is Harbottle’s biography off his design Website.

Details are a bit fuzzy (since I just learned of the news tonight). Will follow up on it Friday. A real big blow to the golf-design community, and to one of the big names out of Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

May
24th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at Colonial, 1st Rd.

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

Moore’s first-round score: 3-under-par 67.

Stanley’s first-round score: 2-over 72.

Position: Moore is tied for 10th, and Stanley is tied for 71st – all trailing leader Zach Johnson (64).

Recap: Good starts are becoming the norm as summer hits – it was Moore’s sixth consecutive first round of par or better. And there was some intrigue heading into the first two days since he was grouped with volcanic-tempered John Daly. The bigger issue when the golfers woke up was a stiff Texas wind. “It

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May
23rd

Riding bogey-free 65, Gove wins the Washington Open Invitational

BELLEVUE – Seattle’s Jeff Gove thinks he has one more surge in him to return to the PGA Tour.

Currently, the longtime veteran is languishing on the Nationwide Tour. He turns 41 on Monday. This season, he has made just three cuts in nine tournaments. The 2005 Oregon Classic was his last victory.

That is, until Wednesday – at the 86th Washington Open Invitational.

Gove ended the event at Glendale Country Club in impressive fashion – no bogeys over his final 32 holes – and shot a 6-under-par 65 in the final round to cruise to victory.

He finished the

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May
23rd

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at Colonial, preview

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

World rankings: Stanley is 52nd, Moore is 69th.

2012 earnings: Stanley has $2.01 million (13th on the PGA Tour), and Moore has $861,549 (47th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: Moore is on a bit of a good-fortune run. He has made the cut in five consecutive PGA Tour events, including The Players Championship (1-over-par 289, tying for 46th) on May 13. Before that, he had registered three top-10 showings in his past four starts. Yet, he still has work to do to get

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May
22nd

Black leads Washington Open with 67; defending champ 5 back

There weren’t too many golfers under-par, but Rainier Golf and Country Club’s Darren Black was one of them, firing a 4-under-par 67 to take the first round lead at the Washington Open Invitational at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

Lynden’s Tim Feentra, out of Seattle Golf Club, is the defending champion. He shot a 1-over 72.

I was not there – and won’t be until the final round Wednesday (hopefully with better weather than the field endured Monday … rain, rain and rain!).

My bud Craig Smith, a former Seattle Times reporter, had this account from opening play Monday.

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May
21st

Moore, Putnam fall short in British Open qualifying

If it were U.S. Open qualifying, their scores would have been good enough.

But Puyallup’s Ryan Moore and University Place’s Michael Putnam just missed out on earning spots at the British Open on Monday.

Moore finished 36 holes at 8-under-par 132, tying for 10th, and Putnam was at 7-under 133, tying for 15th at Gleneagles Country Club in Texas.

Eight spots were up for grabs. Harris English was the medalist at 123, including a first-round 60.

May
20th

Larson’s 67 nets him Puget Sound Amateur title

Tacoma’s Craig Larson, the reigning club championship at Oakbrook Country and Golf Club, fired a blistering 5-under-par 67 at Chambers Bay Golf Course to capture the Puget Sound Amateur.

His 3-under 141 total defeated University Place’s James Feutz by five strokes. Feutz, a Bellarmine Prep senior headed to UNLV, shot a 69 at Chambers Bay.

The tournament was played at Lake Spanaway Golf Course (first round) and Chambers Bay (final round).