87th WASHINGTON OPEN INVITATIONAL
At Meridian Valley Country Club, Kent
When: Monday through Wednesday
Format: 54 holes of stroke play, no cut.
2012 champion: Jeff Gove (who is now on PGA Tour, and not defending this week).
Skinny: After three consecutive years at Glendale Country Club, the championship returns to this longer Kent layout (6,707 yards, par 72) where Brian Thornton captured the tournament title in 2009 (6-under-par 210). In fact, the past two champions – Lynden’s Tim Feenstra in 2011 and Gove last year – set tournament scoring marks at 13-under 200 at Glendale CC, so a course change might be a good thing. And after three years of being a professional-only field, the championship has been opened back up to amateur golfers. Blaine’s Jeff Coston and Tacoma’s Todd Erwin, both four-time winners of this event, will have another shot at tying all-time tournament leader Chuck Congdon (five). Coston, a recent hall-of-fame inductee, has won 19 Pacific Northwest Section PGA major championships.
Live scoring: http://www.pnwpga.com/pdf/resultswa13.pdf