MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: SkyRidge tournament to fete 10 years in business

By Michael Carman

Peninsula Daily News

MILESTONE MOMENTS ABOUND in June, with graduations and reunions sharing time with weddings and anniversaries.

A different type of anniversary will be celebrated at SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim on Saturday, June 15, as the links-style course will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a two-person modified Chapman “SkyRidge Anniversary” Golf Tournament.

The event has a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start and golfers will receive 18 holes of golf, a great tee prize (a secret), range balls, lunch after play, and a chance at winning KPs and long putt contests.

Cost is only $70 per team and an optional honey pot is an additional $30 per team.

A Horse Race contest is also possible after lunch.

Gross and Net division winners will be crowned.

“It’s been a long haul and we’re still hanging in there,” SkyRidge’s Jeff Pedersen said.

“Thanks goes out to our community for keeping SkyRidge up and running.

[With a] “new club house, and new back nine tees, the course is looking better then ever.”

If you can’t make it out to play in the anniversary event, stop in during this beautiful stretch of weather forecast for the next week and give the SkyRidge staffers a “happy anniversary” or “happy birthday,” they certainly deserve it.

Cedars not stingy

Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim has been serving them up as of late.

Beers and burgers at Stymies? Well sure, those are a given but I am referring to a host of hole-in-ones holed recently by golfers.

Sequim resident Randy Gange tallied his third career hole-in-one with his 7-iron and a TaylorMade ball on the 147-yard 17th hole on Friday, May 31.

Gange’s shot was witnessed by Larry Pulver, Bruce Durning and Craig Hull, all of Sequim.

On May 22, Sequim’s David Yasumura aced the 145-yard No. 8 hole with his pitching wedge and a Srixon ball.

This hole-in-one was the fourth of Yasumura’s career.

It was witnessed by Paul Ryan, Cary Richardson and Brian McCardle, all of Sequim.

Everett resident Dan Coleman, 54, earned the first ace of his 40-year golfing career during the Haddad-Espe-Velasquez Invitational Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 25.

Coleman aced the 136-yard “Talking Stick” 11th hole with his pitching wedge.

Witnesses were Todd Hildebrand of Everett and John Kelly and Ralph Nuebauer of Seattle.

Coleman’s “clubhouse penalty,” i.e. the traditional post-round hole-in-one bar tab totaled $227.97.

“Not having to putt was priceless,” Coleman added in an email.

Coston seventh heaven

They really might think of renaming the 7 Cedars Senior Washington Open Invitational recently at Cedars at Dungeness as the “Jeff Coston Senior Open.”

Coston, a teaching pro at Semiahmoo near Blaine and a former PGA Tour player, owns the event, winning this year’s tournament by one stroke with a 10-under 206.

Todd Erwin of Tacoma Firs Golf Center was second with a 9-under 207.

It was Coston’s seventh win in the past eight years, with six of the wins coming at Cedars.

Coston had to rally from three strokes down from Erwin entering the third round.

He started hot with birdies on early holes, and eventually had tied the event by the sixth hole.

Erwin rallied, taking back the lead with birdies at No. 8-9 for a one-stroke lead at the turn.

He stumbled with two bogies on the back nine, allowing Coston the advantage he needed to eventually clinch the tourney with a six-footer for par on No. 18.

The event is presented by the PGA Pacific Northwest Section Western Washington Chapter.

The Quality Inn of Sequim was a presenting sponsor for the event, which brought in golfers from around the Pacific Northwest for the three-day event.

CASA Golf Tournament

A golf tournament benefit is set Saturday at SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

Proceeds will benefit foster children in Clallam County.

The tourney is a four-person scramble open to players of all ability levels.

Golfers can sign up as a team or as an individual.

Entry is $50 per player, $25 for SunLand members, and $40 for Peninsula Golf Club members. These member fees include use of cart.

Carts are $15 per person for the general public.

The entry fee includes green fees, prizes and hot dogs at the turn.

There will be prizes for best teams, best drives and closest to the pin on all par-3 holes.

For more information, phone Henry Meyer at 360-683-4783, Val Brooks at 360-565-2644, or SunLand’s pro shop at 360-683-6800, ext. 13.

PTGC tournaments

The annual Port Townsend Alumni Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble event, is set for Port Townsend Golf Club on Saturday.

Cost is $40 per player and proceeds fund scholarships for Port Townsend High School alumni.

Port Townsend reports skins game fields on Thursdays and Saturdays are getting larger.

Players in gross and net divisions can play for $10, plus reduced greens fees for nonmembers.

Thursday is a nine-hole event, and Saturday is an 18-hole competition. Players will need a GHIN handicap or play as a zero handicap.

A benefit golf tournament to raise funds for the Jefferson County Family YMCA will be held at PTGC on Saturday, June 22.

This four-person scramble event has an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Fees are $40 per player plus $12 greens fees for nonmembers.

Entry includes lunch, tee prize and tournament prizes.

Carts are available on a limited basis.

For more information on Port Townsend Golf Club events, phone 360-385-4547, or stop by the course.

Friends of OCS tourney

Players can sign up to play in the inaugural Friends of Olympic Christian School Charity Golf Tournament set for Cedars at Dungeness on Saturday, July 20.

The scramble format event has a 9 a.m. shotgun start, and the $85 entry fee includes green fees, a bag of goodies, use of cart and a buffet lunch.

Players will have the chance to win a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on Cedars’ fourth hole, and a new Nissan courtesy of Wilder Auto Center on the Cedars’ 17th hole.

Sponsorships also exist.

Diamond Level sponsorships are $1,000, and include on-course GPS advertising, large tee-box and green advertising signs, dominant recognition on course banners and all external advertising (radio, newspaper, posters displayed throughout Sequim and Port Angeles), and free golf for up to four players.

Platinum sponsorships are $500, and include on-course GPS advertising, large tee-box and green advertising signs, dominant recognition on course banners and all external advertising displayed throughout Sequim and Port Angeles, and golf for two players.

There’s also a $100 Gold Level sponsorship with on-course tee-box and green advertising, and external advertising.

To sign up or for more information, stop by the Cedars pro shop, visit www.olympicchristian.org, phone the Olympic Christian School office at 360-457-4640, or email ocs@olympicchristian.org.


Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-417-3527 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

Last modified: June 04. 2013 5:17PM
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