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Category: NW courses

July
17th

Blast from the bunker for birdie clinches Northwest Women’s Open win for Aho

Brush Prairie’s Lindsay Aho learned a lot about competing from Al Aldridge.

That might not ring with people outside Vancouver, but Aldridge was the hard-nosed, steely-nerved girls’ basketball coach at powerhouse Prairie High School where Aho was once a guard.

Now a professional golfer, Aho, 25, still carries some of those traits – determination, resolve and the will to win – to the course.

And she needed every one of them to finish off a victory at the 16th Northwest Women’s Open at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club in Federal Way on Wednesday afternoon.

Staring at the likelihood of

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July
16th

Weekly Meadow Park skins game: Don’t make it, get out of the way!

When shadows from the overhanging trees start blocking out sunlight, and the course cools, an army of men carrying golf bags make their way to the first tee.

They all collect around the back tee box at Meadow Park’s executive course – also known as the “Williams Nine” – offer a few words, even crack a few one-liners before each of them, in rapid-fire succession, tee off.

It is a 16-some all playing the same hole at the same time.

Word has gotten around about the weekly summer Monday skins game at Meadow Park. Entry fee is not too steep

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July
15th

Grove takes Lilac title by shooting final-round 64 in Cheney

Idaho native Russell Grove stormed back to win the 50th Lilac Invitational, carding a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win by three strokes over Corey Prugh.

Grove finished at 18-under 270. He made nine birdies and a lone bogey Sunday to nab the title at The Fairways in Cheney.

Prugh shot 69 to finish alone in second at 15-under 273. Overnight leader Jason Humphrey tied for third at 275 after shooting 72. Defending champion Hank Frame, an amateur, was in that group after a 70.

July
11th

Lots of birdies, very few bogeys – and Peck crowned 112th PNGA Men’s Amatuer champion

He put his name on the same trophy as Tiger Woods in 2008 – and Olympia’s Cameron Peck did it again Thursday.

Waiting out Hans Reimers’ early hot streak, then turning on the jets at the end of the morning round, Peck finished off his stellar week with a 7-and-6 victory in the championship finals of the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.

When Peck needed to make birdies – he made them. More importantly, when Reimers showed signs of slipping, Peck – the reigning Washington State Men’s Amateur champion – won

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July
10th

Peck stays steady in wind, will play for PNGA Men’s Amateur title

If winning is contagious, Olympia’s Cameron Peck is certainly feeling the fever.

Peck, a Timberline High graduate who just finished up his playing career at Texas A&M, won the Washington State Men’s Amateur title on a links-style golf course two weeks ago at Chambers Bay Golf Course – and is one the verge of another big amateur win again.

He dismissed Seattle’s Kyle Bowser, 6 and 5, in the morning quarterfinal round, then defeated Bainbridge Island’s Carl Jonson, 4 and 3, in the afternoon semifinal round to advance to the finals of the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at Bandon

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July
9th

Peck, Jonson survive windy Bandon Dunes to reach PNGA Men’s Amateur quarterfinals

Breezy or windy?

Just ask the guy who just finished his four-year golf career at Texas A&M – Olympia’s Cameron Peck – to know the difference. He has seen a lot of it this week at the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at challenging Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.

“It is windy in Texas, but it kind of gusts,” Peck said. “Here it is a constant, hard wind.”

Peck, a Timberline High School graduate, reached the quarterfinals Tuesday with a victory in 20 holes over Oregon high school star Dylan Wu, of Medford.

He moves on to

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July
8th

Schrader takes down No. 1 seed Munn in opening round of PNGA Men’s Amateur

Seventeen lower seeds pulled off upsets Monday in the first round of match play at the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

But none were bigger than the one Olympia’s Kyle Schrader pulled off in his opening match.

Schrader, a junior at Western Washington University, took down top-seeded Joshua Munn, of New Zealand, 2 and 1, to reach the round of 32. Schrader made par on the 17th hole to close out the match.

Other local winners include Olympia’s Cameron Peck (4-and-3 winner over Samuel Mendez, of Portland), Port Orchard’s Bjorn Bjorke (2-up winner over Paul

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July
7th

Munn emerges from four-man playoff to take medalist honors at PNGA Men’s Amateur

New Zealand’s Joshua Munn outlasted a pair of Oregon state golfers in Hans Reimers and Tim Tucker, and Issaquah’s Jacob Webb with a birdie on the third playoff hole to earn the No. 1 spot for the 112th PNGA Men’s Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.

All the golfers shared first place after two stroke-play rounds at 4-over-par 146.

Munn birdied the par-5 third hole to break the tie.

The field has been whittled down to 64 golfers for the start of match play Monday.

Also qualifying for match play is defending champion Shotaro Ban of

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