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Archives: June 2012

June
23rd

Nuts and bolts about Tacoma City Amateur

82nd TACOMA CITY AMATEUR

When: Sunday, final round

Where: Fircrest Golf Club (6,685 yards, par 71)

Atop the leaderboard: Casey Adams, Lacey (4-under 140); Tyler Salsbury, Enumclaw (142); Kyle Schrader, Tumwater (144); James Feutz, Lakewood (144); Ben Nelson, Puyallup (145).

Skinny: None of the final-group golfers – Adams, Salsbury and Feutz – have ever won this tournament. Adams is the only player in the field to shoot a round in the 60s – a 69 in the first round at Whispering Firs Golf Course. … Defending champion Jarred Bossio, a Capital High graduate who just finished up at the University

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June
22nd

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Michael Putnam, Troy Kelly at Travelers, 2nd Rd. (susp)

This week: Travelers Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

Kelly’s second-round score: 4-under-par 66.

Stanley’s second-round score: 3-under 67.

Moore’s second-round score: 3-under 67.

Putnam’s second-round score: 1-under through one hole.

Position: Stnaley (3-under 137) is tied for 26th, Moore (1-under 139) is tied for 50th, Kelly (1-over 141) is tied for 87th and Putnam (7-over) is tied for 139th – all trailing leader Fredrik Jacobson (131).

Recap: The rainy weather hit in the afternoon, suspending play twice. By then, Stanley, Moore and Kelly were already finished. Slowly, Stanley appears to be pulling out of his extended

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June
21st

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Michael Putnam, Troy Kelly at Travelers, 1st Rd.

This week: Travelers Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

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

Moore’s first-round score: 2-over 72.

Kelly’s first-round score: 5-over 75.

Putnam’s first-round score: 8-over 78.

Position: Stanley is tied for 58th, Moore is tied for 87th, Kelly is tied for 135th and Putnam is tied for 149th – all trailing leader David Mathis (64).

Recap: On a course where scores of 62, 63 and 64 are commonplace, none of the locals could cash in on a warm, humid day Thursday. Considering how Stanley has been playing the past three months, opening at even-par

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June
20th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Michael Putnam, Troy Kelly at Travelers, preview

This week: Travelers Championship, Thursday through Sunday, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

World rankings: Stanley is 57th, Moore is 73rd, Kelly is 444th and Putnam is 504th.

2012 earnings: Stanley at $2.02 million (17th on the PGA Tour), Moore has $933,709 (54th on the PGA Tour), Kelly has $81,644 (195th on the PGA Tour) and Putnam has not cashed in three events.

Last tournament: Stanley missed the cut at last week’s U.S. Open (10-over 150) at the Olympic Club – and now has missed the cut in five of his past six tournaments. … On the flip side, Moore has

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June
17th

Will Olympic Club give a chaser a chance? Not enough of one

Another fantastic weather day in south San Francisco (technically we are in Daly City, Calif.) for today’s final round of the 112th U.S. Open.

Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk lead.

Will they be there at the end of the day?

A Sunday score is out there because the Olympic Club has softened up ever so slightly. Today’s temperatures are down. A lingering marine layer might help keep some moisture in the fairways and greens. And the finishing stretch – the 16th, 17th and 18th holes – will give birdie opportunities.

Yet, I don’t know if THAT score is out there

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June
16th

Two INTERESTING, stressful days in East Bay, U.S. Open

Never been one to chintz on “Green Scene” updates, especially from something as crazy, as massive and as foretelling as a U.S. Open (which, folks, will be in Pierce County in three SHORT years).

These past two days, thought, it has been impossible to provide updates. The reason? Rental-car vandalism and laptop burglary.

On Wednesday night, as colleague/sports columnist John McGrath and I sat at a restaurant for dinner (click here to see where not to eat) in Fremont, Calif. – 20 miles north of San Jose along Hwy. 880 – a car of thieves were making the rounds in the parking lots. Four cars were hit in the span of 90 minutes.

The rear-passenger window in our sports utility vehicle was smashed. Both laptops, hidden on the floor, were gone.

Our problems became two-fold: 1, How do we replace a vehicle we rented back in Tacoma? 2, What is the soonest time frame we could get new laptops sent to us from headquarters?

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June
14th

US Open update: Stanley posts a solid 73

SAN FRANCISCO – Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley is beginning to trust his golf game again.

A 3-over-par 73 to begin the 112th U.S. Open today might not offer the fullest proof of that process. But glance at some of the other scores posted – Phil Mickelson’s 76 and Masters champion Bubba Watson’s 78 highlight a few of the first-day disasters – and what Stanley accomplished seems pretty solid.

His 73 was his best opening round score in a U.S. Open since he shot 70 in 2009 at Bethpage Black.

The proof is more in his demeanor. He is that calm, serious,

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June
13th

Kyle Stanley at the 112th U.S. Open, preview

This week: The 112th U.S. Open, Thursday through Sunday, The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco.

World ranking: 56th.

2012 earnings: $2.02 million (16th on the PGA Tour).

Best U.S. Open finish: 53rd in 2009 at Bethpage Black (13-over 293).

Best finish at a major championship: Tied for 44th at the 2011 British Open (11-over-par 291).

Stanley’s favorite hole at Olympic Club: “I like the back nine a lot – it kind of sets up well to my eye. You have to go a lot of right-to-left … on the holes, and that is the direction the wind goes as

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