MICHAEL CARMAN ON GOLF: Playing for a cause
By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News
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The event was jointly sponsored by SunLand Women’s Golf Association (SWGA) and the SunLand Lady Niners.
Judy Kelley and Kathy Tiedeman of the Lady Niners coordinated the committee efforts for this year with the able assistance of Nancy Harlan of the SWGA.
All proceeds from the annual benefit go to pay for breast cancer detection and treatment for women in need on the North Olympic Peninsula.
For the first time, men were invited to play, and 13 of the 60 competitors were men, including SunLand Golf & Country Club general manager and head golf pro Tyler Sweet.
At the luncheon following golf, Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis discussed the state-of-art treatment available to cancer patients in Sequim.
The Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim is top-notch and well-equipped, with well-trained staff that provide radiation and medical (chemotherapy) oncology under one roof, making treatment more convenient.
Raffle prizes included a handmade Raggedy Ann doll donated by Kathy Tiedeman, a Nike golf bag donated by the SunLand Golf Pro Shop, and a Titleist Performance Institute Golf Screen package valued at $300 donated by Anytime Fitness.
Several gift baskets also were offered in the raffle.
Results from the event appeared on the scoreboard page (B2) in Sunday’s edition of the Peninsula Daily News.
A hearty round of golf claps for all those who participated, those who organized the event and to they who provide the medical services to those who need it.
I’ve come into contact with some very capable nurses and good doctors recently, and even in the most trying of circumstances, I felt comforted by their efforts.
Port Ludlow Golf Course Director of Golf Vito DeSantis and assistant pros Darren Posey and Adam Barrows will partner on a 400-hole golf marathon Thursday.
Pledges are being solicited right now. Donors may pledge one flat amount for the team of pros, or designate a specified amount for total number of pars, birdies and eagles made by the trio.
Included is the opportunity to “double the pledge” if the goal of 400 holes is reached by the trio.
Every penny raised will go to the Seattle Children’s Hospital to benefit uncompensated care for children in our area, or to support research at the hospital.
At the conclusion of the marathon, a spaghetti dinner will be served in Niblicks Cafe, along with a raffle of items from the area.
Pledge forms are available at the Port Ludlow pro shop and other locations.
The men’s and women’s clubs of Discovery Bay Golf Course are hosting an “Octoberfest Scramble” on Sunday.
If you are interested in playing, or for more information, phone the clubhouse at 360-385-0704.
Port Townsend update
Port Townsend Golf Course will host a four-person scramble fundraiser golf tournament for the Jefferson County Bar Association on Saturday.
Cost is $30 per player, plus $10 in green fees for nonmembers.
The event will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
Hole-in-one prizes are available, including a car courtesy of Price Ford and a scooter from Gary’s Auto.
Hole sponsors are available.
For more information, phone Cheryl Potebnya at 206-817-7016.
The scoop from PT
Port Townsend Golf Club head pro Mike Early sent out a message “that winter is here early but the course is, as always, very playable.”
He was joking of course, we should get a short respite (hopefully) from the wet and windy, or else we will all need tropical beach vacations before the winter solstice.
Early offered that Port Townsend’s greens haven’t been plugged or sanded yet, and that the club will offer some winter specials in addition to its low green fees.
All day Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and after 2 p.m. daily, senior rates will be nine holes for $13.75 and 18 holes for $18.
A new Super Tuesday rate will be by the number of holes played: $1 per hole plus tax, with a fee of $18 plus tax for all-day play.
Port Townsend will host a Fall Blind Draw Scramble with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Cost is $30 per player, with reduced greens fees for nonmembers.
Keep your calendar clear for the Hilltop Open on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The two-person scramble is always one of Port Townsend’s most popular tourneys.
Entry is $40 per player, including greens fees, long putt, closest to the pin, and Judy Lundgren’s famous lasagna following play at the Hilltop Tavern.
Winter Eclectic starts on November 16, and runs for three months.
This tournament is an individual hole by hole best-ball. Each player can play up to 36 holes each week to count towards there score.
Cost is $30 per player, and includes a skins game, and gross and net prizes.
Freddie for three?
Fred Couples will attempt to lead the American team to a third victory as captain of the 12-man U.S. squad against a dozen international players in the Presidents Cup, held Thursday through Sunday.
Played at Muirfield Village in Ohio — i.e. the course that Jack Nicklaus built (and which has hosted the PGA’s Memorial Tournament since 1976).
Nicklaus said in 2010 that this event may be his “last involvement in anything significant in the game of golf.”
I still consider the opening of the Masters significant and hopefully he can keep joining other legends like Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and others each April.
Unlike the Ryder Cup, Team USA dominates the Presidents Cup, boasting a 7-1-1 record overall, and a four-Cup winning streak.
The best story to watch is how PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, 20, handles his first appearance on the team.
After starting the year with no PGA Tour card or status on the tour, he won the John Deere Classic, lost in a playoff in another event and was second at the Tour Championship two weeks ago.
He’s the youngest American to ever make a Presidents Cup team, so get used to seeing him represent us on the international stage.
I think he’ll do just fine.
My prediction: USA wins big, again.
My appreciation is real
After receiving some very touching and heartfelt responses to last week’s column on the passing of my father, I’d like to thank those who emailed or messaged me on Facebook, and those who stopped me in the street, on the bus, at the bus stop and at the grocery store to offer their sympathies.
People do read this column, it appears.
Writing the “little tribute,” as I called it, provided a great deal of catharsis and let you know a little about “my first golf buddy” as PDN Sports Editor Lee Horton put it so well in the headline.
Thanks for the well-wishes, they have brought much comfort.
Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-417-3527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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