MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: Cedars at Dungeness golf director earns award

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN order for Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course PGA director of golf and general manager Bill Shea.

Dungeness is in Sequim.

Shea is the recent recipient of the PGA’s Bill Strausbaugh Award.

The award recognizes PGA members who demonstrate a record of service to their section or association, leadership ability, involvement in civic activities and local charitable causes within their community, and be recognized as someone of outstanding character.

Only one candidate in Western Washington receives the award from the more than 200 golf facilities and 400 professionals under the PGA umbrella.

The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA master professional who died in 1999.

Nice work Bill! And good job to everybody out at Cedars. It’s really a first-class establishment.

If winter golf isn’t your bag, stop by the course for dinner on Friday nights and take in some live music or visit on Sundays and watch every NFL game via the Sunday Ticket program.

I can attest, once you have tasted the freedom that is NFL on Sunday Ticket, it is almost impossible to go back to the NFL’s archaic regional television regulations.

Apple Cup of Golf

The two finest universities in the state of Washington will tangle on the Palouse on Saturday, with my alma mater Washington State University battling it out against the University of Washington.

The football game takes on a little more meaning this year, with UW one win away from a spot in a bowl game and the improved Cougs looking to keep moving forward with the mother of all rebuilding projects.

To celebrate the game and the fun and friendly ribbing that goes along with Apple Cup week, Peninsula Golf Club in Port Angeles holds its annual Apple Cup Best Ball Tournament.

This year is no exception as the 19th annual Apple Cup Best Ball presented by Marine View Beverage will tee off with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday.

Contestants need to have a handicap to participate in the two-man best ball event.

Team entry fee is $80, which includes individual KP and long-drive awards; a square on the Apple Cup football board (shhh . . . dont tell Rick Neuheisel); appetizers and hosted beverages; a cash honeypot for gross and net divisions; and team merchandise awards.

To enter, visit the golf shop at the course and pick one up or phone 360-457-6501 or e-mail cmrepass@olympus.net and one will get faxed or e-mailed out to you.

Peninsula’s golf shop also will offer 10 percent off all gift certificates and all shop merchandise on Saturday and Sunday.

The gift certificates can be used for lessons, power carts, driving range tokens, merchandise or greens fees.

The shop will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Peninsula also has some winter play specials: adults can play 18 holes with power cart and a small bucket for $35; for nine holes with the same extras for $19.

Juniors can play 18 holes for $12 and nine holes for $8.

Holiday events in PT

Port Townsend Golf Club has a couple of events on tap for the coming weeks but golfers can also take some time to do some good right now.

The course has a Christmas tree with wish tags on it for the children of less fortunate families.

The public can stop in, take a tag and pick up the wished-for gift to provide a nice smile for some lucky youngsters on Christmas morning.

The club also has Kiwanis Christmas Stockings to collect donations that buy coats for needy people during the cold season.

If you have taken a look around outside in recent days, you may have noticed that our weather has been terrible and it’s not even officially winter yet.

There are a lot of needy folks out there, and golfers are usually generous, so please help out if you can!

Port Townsend Golf Club will hold its annual Holiday Open House at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.

Hors dSSSqoeuvres and beverages will be served, and there will be sales merchandise in the pro shop.

The event will provide a good opportunity to pick something up for your golfing pals or family members, or items to help get newbies started in the game.

The following weekend Port Townsend will host its annual Turkey Shoot/Toys for Tots Scramble.

The event raises funds for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots (and teens!) toy drive.

The tournament will tee off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

Cost is $30 per player with a $10 greens fee for nonmembers.

Shaking at SkyRidge

SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim will hold its Pre-Christmas 27-Hole Golf Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 11.

The 8:30 a.m. shotgun start will feature nine holes of better ball from the green tees, nine holes of aggregate shot from the silver tees and nine holes of scramble from the black tees.

Only 28 two-person teams can play in the event.

Cost is $80 per team and includes the usual range balls, lunch and competition money.

Carts are an extra $15 and there is a honey pot available for another $20.

SkyRidge’s Post-Turkey Day Tournament was pushed back to Saturday last week and 20 hardy souls braved the conditions to participate.

Some scattered snow remained out on the course and the greens were frozen for a few holes before warming up but Northwest golfers are a steely bunch and they persevered.

I was told that some golfers even brought shovels in their carts to dig out balls that hit a deeper mound of snow.

The players used orange balls and were able to find and keep most balls in play.

Good job to the grounds crew for clearing all the greens, and good work by the rest of SkyRidge to keep the tournament going as (somewhat) originally planned.

The team of Mark Willis and Jeff Pedersen shot a net score of 66.2 to take home first place.

Terry Randall and John Naples had a 67.7 for second, while Jerry Pedersen and Alex Quattrocchi finished third with a 69.2.

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Michael Carman is the golf columnist for the Peninsula Daily News. He can be reached at 360-417-3527 or at pdngolf@gmail.com.

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