GOLF: Better lie, improved approach

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

THE DISTANCE AMOUNTS to nothing more than a short chip shot off the green, one where you may be best served by selecting your 8-iron and letting it bounce and roll on down, or the putter for a straight-on approach.

I’m talking of lies here, folks, but not really in the golf sense, more of the employment variety.

My lie with the Peninsula Daily News for the past four years was as the chief news assistant, helping publicize scholarship fundraisers, honor roll students, business milestones and providing answers to all sorts of queries from our readership.

Recently circumstances changed and during the winter preps sports season I made the gradual move across the newsroom to my new (old) home as the sports reporter/columnist for the PDN.

Hopefully you saw some of those new efforts in the 30 or so basketball game stories or the wrestling tournaments I covered this winter.

The sports page is where I got my start with the paper as a sports assistant back in July of 2007, and where I took over the golf column in late-summer 2009.

This is the distance I wrote of at the beginning: the 25-30 feet separating my former desk with my current location.

A short move but one that has already paid dividends for this golf column.

Namely, I can use time to get out and about and see what’s happening at our area courses in a way that I couldn’t before.

I’ve already been able to do that with two of our North Olympic Peninsula locales and will be visiting the other spots shortly.

Don’t worry, the golf column isn’t going anywhere, and it should get better from here.

Discovery Bay ace day

Bob Hicks notched the first hole-in-one of 2014 at Discovery Bay Golf Course near Port Townsend last Friday.

Hicks managed the feat with his pitching wedge on the 90-yard 14th hole and the ace was witnessed by Greg Rutz, Bill Pearson and Bruce Klock.

Pub links participants

Discovery Bay’s ladies club has joined the Washington State Women’s Public Links Association.

The season’s first Public Links event is set for Capitol City Golf Club near Olympia on Saturday, April 19.

Any women from the area interested in participating in Women’s Public Links events can contact the golf shop at 360-385-0704.

Two for price of one

Discovery Bay is running a two-for-the-price-of-one green fees special Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March and April.

The course is also running a weekend skins game starting at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Save the date in May

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula’s 23rd annual golf tournament and fundraiser is planned for SunLand Golf & Country Club on Friday, May 9 (the Friday of Irrigation Festival).

The four-person scramble event will include lunch and then 18 holes of fun for a great cause.

Presenting sponsor is 7 Cedars Casino and the lunch sponsor is Olympic Ambulance.

Other sponsors are being sought. If interested, contact Janet Gray at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club at jgray@bgc-op.org or by phoning 360-683-8095.

Cedars youth camp

A Spring Break Junior Golf Camp hosted by Cedars at Dungeness is planned for Monday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 2.

Golfers ages 5-16 will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday that week and from noon to 4 p.m. that Wednesday.

Putting, chipping, the full swing and etiquette will be taught over the first two days and a tournament is set for the last day.

A pizza party and awards presentation will follow the tourney.

Players also will receive a gift.

Cost is $80 for the public, $50 for any Cedars-employed juniors.

To sign up, phone Cedars at 360-683-6344.

March Madness special

March Madness is alive and well — college basketball conference tourneys continue this week before the brackets come out Sunday.

To celebrate a month full of basketball madness, SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim will offer two rounds of golf, two range buckets and use of a cart for $64 each weekend this month.

Those who take advantage of the deal will be entered into a drawing to win an NCAA team jersey of the winner’s choosing.

SkyRidge shamrock set

SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim will host its eighth annual Shamrock Scramble on Saturday.

The four-person scramble will tee off at 9:30 a.m. with green fees of $40 per player or $160 per team.

Golf, lunch, range balls and chances at a KP and a long putt are included.

Carts are an extra $15 per seat.

Best-dressed prizes are available for those who would like to get their inner leprechaun on.

Gutbuster tournament

SkyRidge’s annual Gutbuster Tournament, an individual medal play format, with men teeing from the black tees (6,529 yards) and women from the silver tee boxes (5,737 yards) is set for Saturday, March 22.

The first tee time is set for 8:20 a.m., barring a frost delay.

For the $65 entry fee players will receive golf, lunch, range balls, participation in a honey pot and a chance at three KP’s and a long putt on hole No. 18.

Golfers also will receive a practice round Friday with entry.

Two-pin placements will be offered on every green except No. 9 and No. 18.

Carts are $15 per seat.

Phone SkyRidge at 360-683-3673 to get in the game.

Mark your calendar

Cedars is planning some big events for the upcoming spring golf season.

A St. Patty’s Day Shootout event and par-3 contest is planned for Tuesday, March 18.

Cost is $55 for the public, $38 for members and includes green fees, an Irish dinner, range balls, KP’s on each hole and drink specials.

Tee times are set from 10 a.m. to noon, and players should wear green or expect to receive a two-stroke handicap.

The course’s second annual “Go Big” spring golf tournament, a solo scramble with oversized 8-inch cups for each hole, foot-long hot dogs, 22-ounce beers/sodas/waters, is set for a 9 a.m. shotgun start Saturday, March 29.

This one is open to all and there will be Callaway, gross and net divisions.

Green fees are $50 for the public and include competition, range balls and lunch.

Cost is $27 for Cedars members and employees.

Carts are an extra charge.

Cedar’s 32nd annual Big Ball tournament is Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, with a complimentary round thrown in Friday, April 11.

The two-person, 36-hole, four-ball stroke play event has a maximum handicap index of 34.0, with 90 percent of the handicap used for the competition.

Partners must be within eight handicap strokes of one another.

Hosted dinners are set for Saturday night at 7 Cedars Casino and a hosted lunch, and awards ceremony will follow play at the course on Sunday.

Cost is $350 per team.

Phone Cedars at 360-683-6344 for more information or to register.

St. Patrick’s Day at PT

Port Townsend Golf Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day two-person 666 tourney Saturday, with six holes of Chapman play from forward tees, six holes of best ball from the white tees, and six holes of scramble from the black tees.

Everything kicks off at 10 a.m.

Cost of the tournament is $35 per player plus $10 green fees for non-members.

The tournament includes: Prize Fund, KP’s and LP’s, and a corned beef dinner following play.

A Kiwanis-benefit tourney is planned on Saturday, March 29.

More details to follow on that event.

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Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5152 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

Last modified: March 11. 2014 6:02PM
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