We just finished the Senior Oregon Open Invitational at Wildhorse Resort and Casino. Host PGA Professional Mike Hegarty and his crew put on a clinic in customer service keeping all 220 seniors happy! This was the 13th straight year with Wildhorse as our host and sponsor, we appreciate their tremendous support. Congratulations to Billy Bomar on his first Senior and Section victory beating Todd Erwin and Rob Gibbons in a play-off.
The Northwest Open is just around the corner, August 17-19 at the always fun Wine Valley GC in Walla Walla. If you like great golf and great wine, Walla Walla is a must play! Enter quickly as Molly will be producing groupings soon. Entries are available here.
Entries are out for the 41st Winter Pro-Am in Hawaii. Imagine sipping Mai Tai’s between rounds at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows while it cold and wet back home. Former Section Professional Tom Sursely is our host and there is nothing like a week in Hawaii in January. Click here for more information or give me a call.
We are excited about our new venue for the Merchandise Show. The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center is located adjacent to our host hotel and more importantly, within walking distance of more than 30 restaurants and bars. The building is beautiful and we have separate rooms for breakout sessions during the meeting. The popular Pro-Vendor is back and we are pleased to have Fircrest Golf Club hosting this year. If you have not played Fircrest, it is a fine facility….plan to invite your favorite rep to play. We are also pleased to have Mike Bender highlighting education on Wednesday, thank you Nike Golf. President Tunstill has invited PGA of America President Derek Sprague to attend and he may have just pulled it off. It will be nice to have a PGA Officer in attendance to bring the National effort home.
As Drive Chip and Putt moves into Subregional Qualifying I want to say a big thank you to our host professionals – Josh Fish, Brandon Proudfoot, Wes Hayden, Dan Harrington, John Grothe, Colin Inglis, Dennis Dolan, Mike Kasch, Mark Gardner, Ed Bezanson and Tom Ferris. Without their efforts and the help of volunteers at each site these events would not have been as successful. A final thanks to Angela and Cecelia in the office for not only managing all the equipment and tee prizes but confirming participation and age verification for 228 players!
I hope you have a busy and profitable August. Cooler temps are just around the corner!