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July
12th

VIDEO: 16-year-old shoots magical ’59’ at Pinehurst No. 1

Will Grimmer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, shot an 11-under 59 at the Junior North and South Amateur earlier this week at Pinehurst No. 1 (for the record, the 2014 U.S. Open right before Chambers Bay will be held at Pinehurst No. 2).

He had a hole-out eagle-2 on No. 8 (his 17th), and drained a 20-foot putt at the finishing hole (No. 9) to shoot 59. He finished with 10 birdies, one eagle and one bogey.

Grimmer did not win the tournament.

June
13th

U.S. Open diary: Merion East a unique grandeur in golf

All hail the queen! That has largely been the sentiment shared by many in the media center this week about Merion Golf Club’s venerable East Course, which is hosting this week’s 113th U.S. Open.

Very few times flying out to a golf venue have I been so fidgety and anxious. A large part of it is where Merion East fits in the annals of American golf – near the top. And in terms of its classic beauty and the way it is routed around a wonderful piece of property, I certainly was not disappointed.

To give you a peek from

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April
11th

Masters, Round 1 recap: Ryan Moore birdies three of four par-5 holes to shoot 71

Just got off Augusta National Golf Club after watching Puyallup’s Ryan Moore posted a solid 1-under-par 71. He birdied the second, 13th and 15th holes – all par 5s – to account for his under-par scores.

Here is his hole-by-hole account (will file a story later):

1st: Drive to middle of fairway, mid-iron hits left and rolls off green. Chipped to 7f. Missed putt left. BOGEY.

2nd: Driver to middle of fairway and right to edge of downslope, hit 3w to left bunker. Third shot stayed left 8f. Made putt. BIRDIE.

3rd: Hybrid to left fairway. Wedge shot went right

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Jan.
28th

Winged Foot Golf Club gets 2020 bid, will host sixth U.S. Open (just not 2015)

When Winged Foot Golf Club bowed out of hosting the 2015 U.S. Open, that is when the United States Golf Association gave a new course in the Northwest serious consideration at its replacement.

And that is how Chambers Bay Golf Course became the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Here is a story about Winged Foot getting the OK to host its sixth U.S. Open

Jan.
14th

Crane speeds up, and Nike bulks up its star power in these videos

A couple of cool golf-related videos to glance at – with peripheral local ties.

Oregon graduate Ben Crane played in the Ryan Moore’s BMW Northwest Charity Skins Game in 2008. Notoriously a slow golfer, he posted this video about trying to speed up his life.

As we all know, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley signed with Nike after Jan. 1 of this year to a lucrative multi-year contract. And a couple of the stars in his Nike camp – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy – made this new commercial.