25th Senior PGA Professional National Championship – Coston finishes T3 and Gibbons T7


Jeff Coston finished T3 and Rob Gibbons finished T7 in the 25th Senior PGA Professional Championship! View final scores here.

The 25th Senior PGA Professional Championship takes place April 15-18, 2014 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Championship, originally slated for last October, was postponed due to a week of inclement weather in Northern Virginia.

A total of 264 PGA Professionals, who are at least 50 years of age, have qualified to compete in the Championship through one of the 41 PGA Sections. The low 70 scorers and ties after the second round, April 16, advance to the final 36 holes, Thursday and Friday, at the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club.

The low 35 finishers earn a berth in the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The top eight finishers, including ties, receive exemptions into the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship this November.

The players representing the Pacific Northwest Section are:

  • Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC
  • Steve Prugh of Manito G&CC
  • Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC
  • Tom Sovay of Redmond Ridge GC
  • Chuck Milne of Vanco Driving Range
  • Brent Murray of Oswego Lake CC
  • Scott Cravens of Crave Golf
  • Jeff Fought of Black Butte Ranch
  • Scott Krieger of Broadmoor GC

Click Here for 18-hole scoring. Live scoring will begin on Thursday, April 17.

Click Here to see first and second round starting times.

Visit PGA.com for full coverage of the Championship. You can also join the conversation on Social Media using the hashtag, #SeniorPNC

Made the Cut

  • Rob Gibbons (Arrowhead GC) -  67-71-74-73–285 (T7)
  • Jeff Coston (Semiahmoo G&CC) – 72-74-68-69–283 (T3)
  • Jeff Fought (Black Butte Ranch) – 75-73-82-74–304 (T86)

Rounds 1 & 2 Scores:

  • Steve Prugh (Manito G&CC) – 81-76
  • Tom Sovay (Redmond Ridge GC) – 70-81
  • Scott Krieger (Broadmoor GC) – 75-84
  • Scott Cravens (Crave Golf) – 82-75
  • Chuck Milne (Vanco Driving Range) – 75-75
  • Brent Murray (Oswego Lake CC) – 76-76
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PNWPGA Online Entry System Safe from “Heartbleed” Bug

You may have heard about the “Heartbleed” security flaw that has exposed many websites to attackers. We take this kind of threat very seriously and have fully researched the issue with our web hosting company. The PNWPGA Online Entry system was not affected by this vulnerability. Your personal information was and continues to be safe when entering PNWPGA tournaments online.

If you have any questions, please call the Section office at 800-688-4653.

We hope to see you at a tournament soon!


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Sterling Cut Glass Goes Green


Sterling Switches to Bio-Degradable Packaging

Erlanger, KY., Issued April 1, 2014 – Sterling Cut Glass has advanced to a bio-degradable loosefill packaging (packing peanuts) for all Ground and Air shipments. The new packaging material is water soluble, therefore the “peanuts” dissolve in water for easy disposal. In addition to being water soluble, the new packaging material is kid-friendly, pet safe, non-plastic and non-petroleum based, made from renewable resources, compostable, static free and reusable (if not dissolved).

“Sterling has made the decision to switch to bio-degradable loosefill packaging in order to be a more eco-friendly company. In addition we know that disposal of the loosefill has often proved challenging for golf professionals and those who receive gifts, especially in an outdoor setting.” J. Brook Dyas, COO. All shipments with the new loosefill packaging will contain an informational card (made of recycled paper) with the packing statement letting the recipient know that the loosefill packaging is bio-degradable and water soluble for easy disposal.

For over 25 years, Sterling Cut Glass has proudly supplied custom engraved trophies, awards and gifts to over 3000 of the finest golf courses and most prestigious golfing events in the United States.
Sterling Cut Glass was founded in 1902 atop Mt. Adams’ “Art Hill” in Cincinnati, Ohio. Back then, Sterling artisans specialized in the intricate hand cutting and polishing of the “Brilliant” period of American crystal. Today, Sterling continues to enhance the beauty of fine crystal with custom engraving, using the craftsmanship standards of our founders while always maintaining cutting edge technology. Our high level commitment to product design brings Sterling customers access to exclusive merchandise from the finest crystal makers in the world. Sterling is proud to be a licensee of the PGA Tour, the LPGA and the Kentucky Derby, USTA in addition to being a Supporting Partner for PGA Retirement Plus.

Sales Rep: Bryan Dickson,   bryan.dickson@cuttersales.com, 425-917-3307

Media Contact: Lindsay Weisker, lweisker@sterlingcutglass.com, 859-283-2333 ext. 116

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Oregon Open Invitational ~ Featuring the National Car Rental Pro-Am


Team entries are now available for the Oregon Open Invitational at Black Butte Ranch – Glaze Meadow Course on June 10-12th.  Entries close Wednesday, May 28th, so hurry and get your team entry in now!  PGA Director of Golf Jeff Fought is excited to host this year.

CLICK HERE for the Oregon Open Invitational Team Entry.

New for 2014 is the National Car Rental Pro-Am Championship.  Thanks to a nice sponsorship through the PGA of America, National Car Rental will be the sponsor of the team competitions.   They ask one thing….enroll all players in the Emerald Club, National Car Rental’s FREE tool to help you use the PGA discounted rate and also ease the rental process by allowing you to bypass the rental counter.     To be eligible for the team competitions, all players on the team must be Emerald Club members (current membership qualifies) and there is a place on the entry form to provide each player’s Emerald Club number.  It takes just a couple of minutes.

Professionals can register by clicking here.   Professionals, be sure to use PGA discount
code XZ41557 when you rent from National.

Amateurs can register by clicking here.   Amateurs, be sure to use PGA discount code XZ41570 when you rent from National.

National Car Rental is not only providing the team purse but the low team will be entered into a chance to win golf with Keegan Bradley and his father, PGA Professional Mark Bradley.  Thank you for supporting this important new sponsor.

~Tournament Format~

Entry into the championship will be four-man teams comprised of two professionals and two amateurs.  You will need to make your own team.

Teams will play together for the first 36 holes. There are two team competitions over the first 36 holes – best 2 net of the 4, and each professional will play a net four-ball with one amateur. Handicaps at 80% will be used in the team games.

The championship is a 54-hole stroke play with professional and amateur purses. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties, repaired by score and the Oregon Open Invitational completed.

There is no maximum handicap for entry (18 max. in the competition), however, all players will play from the championship tees and there will be no individual net amateur.

All players will be governed by the Rules of Golf, Pace of Play, the Section Hard Card, the Section Dress Code and the Section Cell phone regulation.


~History of the Oregon Open Invitational~

This championship dates back to 1905 when George Smith was the first to win the title. Over the years a number of fantastic players have won the championship such as Tommy Armour, Chuck Congdon, Al Zimmerman, Bob Duden, Rick Acton, and PGA Tour Player Peter Jacobsen. It was considered a PGA Tour event in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Last year, amateur Hans Reimiers of Columbia Edgewater CC won the Oregon Open Invitational by one stroke over PGA Professional Darren Black of Rainer G&CC, PGA Professional Scott Erdmann of Lake Oswego CC and amateur Michael Haack of Meridian Valley CC.  Both Reimiers and Black came out hot for the final round posting 6-under par 66’s.

Winning the Best 2 of 4 Net competition was the team of PGA Professional Rob Clark of Wenatachee G&CC, PGA Professional Cameron Fife of Persimmon CC, amateur Mark Crose of Juniper GC and amateur Scott Wacker of The Oregon GC.  They scored a 133-129-262 to win by one stroke over the team of PGA Professional Greg Manley of Meridian Valley CC, PGA Professional Brian Thornton from Meridian Valley CC, amateurs Tom Mallory from Auburn GC and amateur Steve Deshler from Auburn GC.

Winning the Four-Ball competition is PGA Professional Joe Korn of Nile GC and his amateur Matt Huft of Foster Golf Links who fired rounds of 66-60-126.  They won by five strokes over the team of PGA Professional Ben Nelson of Tacoma Firs GC and his amateur Sandy Vaughan of Glen Acres GC.


~Black Butte Ranch – Glaze Meadow Course~

Black Butte Ranch Glaze MeadowGlaze Meadow was originally built in 1978, with the restoration completed in April of 2012.  Famous architect John Fought was hired to redesign the course.  After Fought’s enhancements, the course earned first place honors in 2012 Golf Inc. Magazine’s Renovation of the Year competition for public courses.  The course was featured in the summer edition of the magazine.

Black Butte Ranch is perfectly positioned for an authentic Central Oregon cascade experience; it is nestled beneath the Cascade Mountain range with sweeping views of Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Black Butte, and many more.  In addition to Glaze Meadow course, Black Butte Ranch is also home to Big Meadow course.  Big Meadow was honored in 2013 by GOLFWEEK Magazine as one of the “Best Courses you can Play” in Oregon.

In addition to the world class golf tracks, Black Butte Ranch offers an indoor pool complex, four outdoor swimming pools, a full service day spa, 18 miles of paved walking and biking paths, and a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities including horseback riding, tennis, pickle ball, bocce ball, canoeing, paddle boarding and fly fishing.  The recreational opportunities at the Ranch are limitless.  Come experience everything Black Butte Ranch has to offer with your family and your team mates!

CLICK HERE to view past champions of the Oregon Open Invitational.

Hope to see you all at Black Butte Ranch – Glaze Meadow in June!

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April 2014 ForeWord Press

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  • Emerald Valley Duo Wins Pro-Assistant Championship
  • Team Aichele Wins Las Vegas Pro-Am
  • Spotlight on Mark Sursely
  • Introducing the Candidates for Secretary
  • Mindful Mentoring, by Monte Koch
  • Employment Services – Carol Pence
  • Financial Services – Blake Parrish

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In Memory of James A. Pulliam (9/20/1955 – 3/14/2014)

Pulliam_JamesJames Allan Pulliam, 58, died on March 14, 2014, in Tulalip, Washington, from injuries sustained in a workplace accident. Jim became a PGA member in 1985 at Snohomish GC. Upon the opening of Battle Creek GC in Marysville, Jim moved to the new course as the head professional in 1991, and he was working at the course at the time of his death.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will take place 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, 2400 Lake Ave., Snohomish, WA 360-568-5755

View and sign the guest book online.

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