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Tag: U.S. Amateur

Aug.
30th

Pierce County tournament scores a hole-in-one

Peter Uihlein tees off the 12th hole in the final round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament Sunday at Chambers Bay in University Place. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

It’s safe to exhale now, Pierce County. Chambers Bay seems to have passed its first big test with flying colors.

The county-owned golf course in University Place received rave reviews from participants in the U.S. Amateur, which ended Sunday, as well as from U.S. Golf Association officials and visiting media.

“Fun” was a word commonly used by the young players, many of whom had little experience playing on more challenging Scottish links-style courses with their uneven fairways, thick roughs, and lack of trees and water hazards.

“I think this place hit a home run this week,” gushed Golf Channel announcer Steve Burkowski. Read more »

Aug.
26th

Chamber of horrors in University Point, Wa.?

Curious to see what was being written about Chambers Bay by the out-of-town sports media, I came across a posting by Tim Cronin, a blogger for the Chicago-area Southtown Star. He gets the name of the city wrong, calling it University Point instead of University Place.

Cronin quotes player Jason Buffone: “Words don’t describe how tough it is . . . It’s the hardest course I’ve ever played in my life . . . Try to hit a 5-iron off concrete.”

Read the entire posting here.

Aug.
24th

Amateur injecting some liquid stimulus

I don’t know what the economic impact of the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay is supposed to eventually be in Pierce County, but I witnessed a little piece of it on Monday.

I had the day off and was at Fred Meyer in University Place. In walks a young man whose be-logo’d apparel was a tipoff that he was somehow connected with the tournament. Within a few minutes, he’d filled up a shopping cart with bottled water and pop almost to the point that he couldn’t push it out the door. (The state got a piece of the action due

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