MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: Seattle Golf & Travel Show offers free round at Port Ludlow course

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

JUST IN TIME to dazzle golfers with tempting thoughts of sun and sand traps, the annual Seattle Golf & Travel Show runs this weekend at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.

The show boasts a local sponsor, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe’s 7 Cedar Casino, the gaming side of the tribe’s holdings, which includes Cedars at Dungeness golf course.

Every attendee also receives a free round of golf — and in a bonus for North Olympic Peninsula golfers, one of the participating golf courses attendees can select from is The Resort at Port Ludlow.

Golfers can also test out the latest equipment in the Puetz Golf Demo Center, learn about more than 70 travel destinations, participate in a long drive challenge for a $500 Puetz shopping spree and enter to receive free golf for a year at Kingston’s White Horse Golf Club

Also, all attendees receive a subscription to their choice of Golf Digest, Golf World or Conde Nast Traveler with paid admission.

Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $14 for adults, $5 for youth 13-17 and free for kids 12 and younger.

Peninsula Golf Club

Peninsula Golf Club member Paul Reed checked in with a recap of the just completed 21st annual Super Bowl Scramble held at the Port Angeles course this past weekend.

The event included 64 players enjoying a competitive round of golf and an enjoyable Super Bowl party afterwards.

This tournament was renamed the Dick Brown Memorial Scramble in 2008 in honor of Dick Brown.

Brown, an avid sports fan and supporter of community events, owned the local Budweiser distributorship and had sponsored the yearly tournament since its inception.

A percentage of each entry fee for the tourney is set aside to fund a scholarship in Brown’s name each year.

Crown Distributing, which now owns distributes the Bud beer products up here, has stepped up and continued sponsoring the event.

Low net winners with a score of 56.6 were Rick Hoover and Tyler Crow followed by Tim Lusk and Greg Senf and John Tweter and Gene Ketchum with a 60.5.

Low gross champs were Gary Thorne and Mike Dupuis with a 60, with Mark Mitrovich and Rob Botero hot on their heels with a 61 and Kevin Russell and Sid Krumpe in third with a 65.

“Kudos to Crown Distributing, head professional Chris Repass for running this event, and all the golfers for giving back to their community,” Reed said in an email.

Peninsula Golf Club is open for public play Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to sunset, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to sunset.

Members receive the perks of early morning rounds and the course to themselves all day on Thursdays.

Phone the pro shop at 360-457-6501.

Discovery Bay deal

A year’s membership at Discovery Bay Golf Club near Port Townsend is available this month for the discounted price of $999.

Those eligible must not have been an annual pass holder at the course the past two years.

Membership offers unlimited golf all spring, summer, fall and the rest of this winter and the first portion of next winter for a very fair sum.

Those who sign up by Sunday will receive a punch card for 12 small range buckets.

Arctic Open this weekend

Port Townsend Golf Course’s “Major” tourney, the 27th annual Arctic Open golf tourney is set for Saturday and Sunday.

If you are interested in playing, there is space still available, so act quickly and phone the course now at 360-385-4547 to get in the game.

This year, the format will be a two-person scramble for 18 holes followed by 18 holes of two-person best ball.

Entry fee is $200 per team and includes a Friday practice round, play on Saturday and Sunday with lunch both days.

Players will also compete for hole-in-one and KP prizes.

Golfers are encouraged to bring their all-weather gear and be ready to play since this tourney goes on regardless of snow, sleet, rain, freezing temperatures or wind.

This probably jinxes things but a glance at the weekend forecast shows temps in the mid-40s with a partly cloudy day on Saturday and a sunny Sunday.

Still, be prepared.

Wide World of Golf

How about Phil Mickelson’s 58, wait 59 . . . shoot, 60, in Thursday’s opening round of the Phoenix Open?

A 60 is still something to be proud of. I’ve reached 60 well before the turn, let alone after 18 holes of tournament play.

Even after winning the tourney, Phil will remember those last two putts from Thursday’s round for a long time . . . so close.

Truth be told, there would likely be an International incident from the boisterous crowds and there really is no chance of it ever happening, but having a Ryder Cup or a President’s Cup at TPC Scottsdale, the site of last week’s PGA Tour stop, would be amazing.

Tournament organizers counted just under 180,000 fans at Sunday’s final round.

What could 180,000 screaming U.S. fans do to the psyche of teams comprised of Europeans, Australians and other former Commonwealth members?

Help us win, that’s what.

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

Last modified: February 05. 2013 5:47PM
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