Entries are now available for the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley GC on August 21-23.  PGA Director of Golf John Thorsnes is excited to host for the 8th year in a row and invites you to take part of this historic championship. The entry deadline is Wednesday, August 2.

This year, once again, you will play all three days – the event is a 54-hole stroke play, no cut championship!

History of the Northwest Open Invitational

The history of the Northwest Open is as significant as the history of golf in the Pacific Northwest. 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.

Last year Brian Thornton, a PGA Teaching Professional at Meridian Valley CC, came into the Northwest Open winner’s circle after a string of strong top 10 finishes in the PNW PGA majors all season long. Going into the final nine holes, Thornton was challenged by a late charge from amateur Andrew Whalen, who fired a final round 65. However, nine holes and three birdies later, Thornton finished the tournament atop the leaderboard, three strokes better than his nearest competitor.

CLICK HERE –to see the complete list of champions.

Wine Valley Golf Club

Wine Valley Golf Club has been rated “One of The Top Three Golf Courses to Play in Washington” by Golfweek and has been awarded many other honors since opening in 2009. This stunning Dan Hixson design unfolds on a grand scale, playing over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains.  Wine Valley GC has broad fairways, dramatic bunkers, and bold, undulating putting surfaces.

The Wineries

Thanks to a truly unique combination of climate, character, charm and culture, the Walla Walla Valley has become home to one of the finest wine regions in the nation, with more than 100 wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes.

Their wineries and tasting rooms are distributed across four main areas: downtown, the west side, the east side, and south of town, including a handful of wineries across the border in Oregon. Each region has its own distinct feel, yet all combine to make Walla Walla Valley a wine country unmatched by any other. http://www.wallawalla.org/wineries/

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at beautiful Wine Valley for the Northwest Open Invitational!