PNW PGA Professional Championship – Post Entry Deadline Sept 9!


We gained approval from National to accept post entries for the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship on September 22-24. If you already entered through the PGA of America, thank you! We’ll see you at Canyon River GC. The post entry deadline is Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 PM.

Still deciding if this is your chance to come out on top in the 2015 Season? Here are some top reasons why every PNW PGA Professional should enter the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship:

  1. This championship confers the title of “The Pacific Northwest Section Champion”. It is the most important and elite PNW PGA tournament of the season.
  2. It looks like we will play for a $75,000 purse/skins plus the net of late entry and cancellation fees.  Also, we will pay half the field.
  3. What better place then Canyon River GC to come together with all your PNW PGA Professional buddies and relax? Canyon River GC meanders through towering pines and native grasslands. It offers numerous lakes and riparian marshes located throughout the property that come into play on seven holes. And if that isn’t enough, the mountains around the course provide amazing views of scenic Montana.
  4. This is the last opportunity to earn Hudson Cup points. Hudson Cup points will be awarded at 1.5 times the value (Senior Hudson Cup will be regular point value). The team will be decided upon the completion of this event.

CLICK HERE  for our post PNW PGA Professional Championship entry and tournament details.

To view past champions- CLICK HERE 

POST ENTRANTS are not eligible to advance to the 49th PGA Professional Championship at Turning Stone Resorts Atunyote and Shenendoah Courses, Verona, New York June 26-June 29, 2016.

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Don’t Miss Out on the Hawai’i Pro-Am!


Our 41st annual winter destination event will take place January 14-21, 2016. The deadline for entries and deposits is September 1, 2015!

We are returning to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island for 7 days of surf, golf, and so much more! You’ll play three rounds of golf and have plenty of time to explore the resort and surrounding island. Take a look at our fantastic event schedule! Highlights include:

  • January 14: Arrive on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel andBungalows, our home for the week. Festivities start with a seaside Opening Reception at 6:30 PM.
  • January 15: A quick breakfast this morning to discuss the week’s schedule and you are free the rest of the day to enjoy all the Big Island has to offer.
  • January 16: Round 1 of the pro-am on the very popular South Course. Tee times today start at 9:00so we can take your team photos! The 7th and 15th are two spectacular par 3’s right on the water.
  • January 17: Free day for practice, leisure, or enjoying the island.
  • January 18: Round 2 of the pro-am on the challenging North Course. Today is an 8:00 Shotgun so you have the afternoon free.
  • January 19: Final Round of the pro-am back on the South Course. Another 8:00 Shotgun. New for 2016, the Ladies Tournament will be played today in the same South Course shotgun— be sure to sign up!
  • January 20: Farewell Cocktails and Awards Dinner tonight at 7:00PM. Enjoy the
    day — just make it back by 7:00 and enjoy music from Joe Spencer and the band.
  • January 21: Departures. Not ready for your stay in paradise to come to an end? Trip extensions are available.

The entry form is for your team deposit of $200 per person to hold your spot. Submit this form and we’ll reply with the complete entry form to confirm arrival and departure dates, room upgrades, and a few other important details.

We are happy to announce that Jim Ostrander Insurance is back as a sponsor for this event.

We’d love to see you in Hawai’i! Contact Molly or Jeff at the PNW PGA Section Office at 800-688-4653 for details on this exciting event!

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Wednesday, August 26

The office will be closed today as we attend a team building event.  We’ll be back open on Thursday at 8:30 AM.   Sorry for the inconvenience.   Jeff

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Northwest Open Invitational – Tournament Results

Derek Barron – winner; John Thorsnes, Wine Valley Director of Golf; Derek Bayley – low amateur

Derek Barron – winner; John Thorsnes, Wine Valley Director of Golf; Derek Bayley – low amateur

Professional Apprentice Derek Barron of Tacoma Golf Center came back to capture the 2015 Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley GC after a shaky front nine with four birdies in a row. The 2014 Oregon Open Invitational Champion was three over after the turn and had given up the lead to amateur Derek Bayley after 12 holes.  Bayley was six under for the day at that point.   Barron then went on his birdie streak and Bayley could only finish even over his last six.  Barron set a new Northwest Open Invitational record of 199, 17 under par. Bayley took home low amateur honors at 202. Professional Brady Sharp of Walla Walla CC remained in solo third at 203.

Congratulations to PGA Apprentice Ryan Dahl from Horn Rapids GC for his rare double eagle on #15 at Wine Valley.

The history of the Northwest Open is as significant as the history of golf in the Pacific Northwest.  The list of past champions reads like a who’s who in Pacific Northwest Golf.  In fact, fifteen members of the Pacific Northwest Section’s Hall of Fame are Northwest Open Champions.

The early years were dominated by Seattle Golf Club’s Robert Johnstone (who won 8 of the first 10 events) and “Long Jim” Barnes.  Barnes, the professional at Tacoma C&GC from 1911 – 1915, won the first two PGA Championships (1916, 1919) in addition to the 1921 U.S. Open and the 1925 British Open! Spokane’s Marvin “Bud” Ward captured six championships over a 22 year span, five as an amateur and his last as a professional.  Bud was also a National Amateur champion and may have won a few more but for the lack of championships during WWII.

Wine Valley Golf Club, which opened in April of 2009, has been rated 5th on Golfweek’s Best New Courses. To produce Golfweek’s Best New Courses list, a nationwide team of more than 475 evaluators rated the layouts on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores, which then dictates a course’s overall ranking.

This stunning Dan Hixson design unfolds on a grand scale, playing over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains. Wine Valley GC had broad fairways, dramatic bunkers, and bold, undulating putting surfaces.

To view past champions of the Northwest Open Invitational, CLICK HERE.

Final results can be found at


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Champions Tour Event Qualifier Results

PGA Champions Tour logoThe Champions Tour Event-Qualifier took place today at Druids Glen GC.  The low five players all earned spots into the Champions Tour Greater Seattle Classic that is scheduled to take place at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge GC (Snoqualmie, WA), August 21-23.

Fran Quinn advanced in a two-hole playoff against 4 other professionals for the last spot.

Final results can be found at

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PNW Pro-Am Championship Entries Available

We are now accepting entries for the Pacific Northwest PGA Pro-Amateur Championship. This year’s championship will be held at the beautiful Astoria G&CC on October 8-9, 2015.  PGA Professional John Kawasoe is excited to host.

Enter Online | Download PDF Entry Form

Entry Priority

1. Exempt Players: Eligible host club professionals and past team champions. Past team champions must enter with same partner to receive exemption.

2. Seventy percent of the field is reserved for players who have participated in 4 or more Section events played since the close of entries for this event the previous year. Priority within this category is based on receipt of entry and will expire seven days after entries open*.

3. The balance of the field is based on receipt of entry.

*The early deadline for the second category is Wednesday, August 19 at 5:00 pm. Click here for the list of players in this category.

National Car Rental Sponsorship & Bonus Pool

Pacific Northwest Pro-Am title sponsor, National Car Rental, asks for one thing: for all players to enroll in the Emerald Club. This FREE service helps you bypass the rental counter and helps you apply your PGA discount online. The sign-up process takes only minutes. Thank you for supporting this important sponsor!

Emerald Club signup – Pro

Emerald Club signup – Am

In addition to the regular payout available to all players, there will be an additional $7,500 bonus pool paid to the top 50% of the field to teams that are eligible. To be eligible for the bonus pool, both players on the team must be Emerald Club members (current membership qualifies).

Be sure to use PGA discount code XZ41570 when you rent from National.
We are also very pleased to welcome Pacific Golf and Turf and Haas-Jordan as our supporting sponsors this year as well.

History of the Championship

The Pacific Northwest Professional-Amateur Championship started when a young head professional named John Junor and his amateur partner won back to back titles at the magnificent Seattle Golf Club in 1924 and 1926 (no championship in 1925). Professional Walter Pursey and amateur Harry Givan topped Junor in the late 30’s with a three-peat victory at Seattle GC twice and Alderwood GC once. As the years went on, many great players etched their names into the record books as champions of this event. Long time professional Don Bies and his partners have seen numerous championships winning three of them in 1961 at Glendale CC, 1964 at Seattle GC, and in 1966 at Yakima CC. Other greats such as Bunny Mason (1963) and Jerry Mowlds (1969, 1978) have all had their share of the title.

Last year, PGA Professional Brian Nosler of Golf in the Pearl and his amateur Spencer Klapp came out on top after going into the final round two strokes back of the leaders, by finishing their last hole with an eagle, which was enough to capture the win by one stroke. Nosler had 174 yards into the last green where he hit it to 12 feet and drained the eagle putt.

Astoria Golf and Country Club

Astoria Golf and Country Club began in 1923 and is considered one of the northwest’s premier private golf clubs. The unforgettable and challenging 18-hole golf course, built on top of ancient sand dunes near the Pacific Ocean, is one of Oregon’s hidden gems and host to the annual Oregon Coast Invitational Tournament. Astoria’s offers a full service golf shop, newly redesigned clubhouse with men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, restaurant and banquet facilities, and a 13 acre practice facility. With its rich history and one of a kind layout, Astoria truly is “The St. Andrews of the Pacific.”

A Fun Experience for Professional and Amateur Alike

This is a fun event for you and your friend, starting with golf, then dinner, finally ending with more golf! You’ll get to relax and enjoy a hosted dinner at the Astoria G&CC club house after round one of the tournament.

And while you are in town to enjoy this amazing course and tournament, you may want to enjoy some of the fun, unique things to do around Astoria.

Shallon Winery has been called the “Willy Wonka of Wineries” for the truly unique tasting experience, colorful historic building, and popular chocolate and fruit wines.

Fort George Brewery offers over 40 varieties of beer to try, in another historic Astoria building!  

We hope to see you in Astoria in October!

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