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Golf columns: Steve Bergum

Local golf coverage from columnist Steve Bergum. Contact Steve.

  • Sept16

    Wrigley chews up SAWGA field again with 21-stroke win

    The stranglehold Beth Wrigley has placed on the Spokane Area Women’s Golf Association city tournament continues to choke all suspense out of the region’s premier women’s golf event. Wrigley, who entered Thursday’s final round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament with a commanding 10-stroke lead, shook off a double-bogey on the sixth hole at Hangman Valley Golf Course to post a closing score of 5-over-par 77 and capture her record seventh consecutive SAWGA title by a whopping 21 strokes.
  • Aug12

    A summer to savor for golfer Chris Williams

    Chris Williams was back home in Moscow earlier this week, hoping to relax and recharge his competitive batteries following a hectic and wildly successful summer run in which he won four prestigious tournaments and established himself as one of the finest amateur golfers on the planet.
  • Mixing it up at Riverside

    The diversity of the 18 holes that make up Riverside is remarkable. Fairways bend in all directions, with only a few playing straight away. And each of the five par-3s, which range in length from 150-193 yards, has its own unique character and level of difficulty.
  • This course will fool you

    Though lacking the diversity of holes found on its sister course, Mountainside offers its own unique challenges, including relatively small greens that border on illegible. The nearby mountains influence nearly every shot, with tees shots, approaches and putts all running away from majestic peaks and confounding most golfers making their first visit to the wonderfully conditioned course.
  • Aug05

    G-Prep grad Brophy looks for her Big Break

    Annie Brophy made a rare return to her hometown recently to catch up on conver- sations with family and friends.
  • July29

    Cancer fight helps Dahmen put golf in perspective

    Joel Dahmen feels “a little bit behind the eight ball” these days as he attempts to scratch out a living on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.
  • July22

    New job forced Mitchell to miss Rosauers

    From the hole-in-one eventual champion Corey Prugh made on the difficult par-3 eighth hole at Indian Canyon Golf course, to the three days of near-perfect weather and the dramatic three-stroke swing between Prugh and second-round co-leader Tim Feenstra on the closing hole, last weekend’s Rosauers Open Invitational had it all – almost. What it didn’t have was an entry form from two-time champion Chris Mitchell, who was a no-show for the first time in the 24 years the prestigious Pacific Northwest PGA sectional event has been held.
  • July18

    Manito assistant pro wins Rosauers title

    After putting together 36 solid but relatively uneventful holes during the first two days of the 24th annual Rosauers Open Invitation golf tournament, Corey Prugh hopped on what resembled an amusement park thrill ride Sunday afternoon at Indian Canyon Golf Course. The assistant pro at Manito Golf & Country Club made every number from one to six during a wild final-round ride – which included a hole-in-one, a near-calamitous double bogey and an eagle-3 on the 449-yard, par-5 finishing hole – to chase down second-round co-leader Tim Feenstra, an assistant pro at Seattle’s Broadmoor Golf Club, and capture this second Rosauers title in the past three years.
  • July17

    Prugh wins second Rosauers Open

    After putting together 36 solid but relatively uneventful holes during the first two days of the 24th annual Rosauers Open Invitation golf tournament, Corey Prugh hopped on what resembled an amusement park thrill ride Sunday afternoon at Indian Canyon Golf Course. The assistant pro at Manito Golf & Country Club made every number from one to six during a wild final-round ride – which included a hole-in-one, a near-calamitous double bogey and an eagle-3 on the 449-yard, par-5 finishing hole – to chase down second-round co-leader Tim Feenstra, an assistant pro at Seattle’s Broadmoor Golf Club, and capture this second Rosauers title in the past three years.
  • Feenstra, Franklin hold edge after two rounds at Rosauers

    It turns out there was another 62 out there. But not surprisingly, none of the three golfers who hit that impressive 9-under-par number during Friday’s opening round of the $135,000 Rosauers Open Invitational found it on Saturday.
  • July16

    Competitors push limits to shoot low scores in first round of Rosauers Open

    Conventional wisdom suggests that any golfer hoping to contend for a title in the Rosauers Open Invitational will have to slide outside of his or her comfort zone at some point during the three-day, $135,000 event and post a ridiculously low number. Jerry Johnson, an unattached professional from Ocean Shores, Wash., took it low during Friday’s opening round of the 54-hole event at Indian Canyon Golf Course, crafting a bogey-free 62 that put him at 9 under par and in a three-way tie for the lead heading into today’s second round.
  • July15

    Three share first-round lead at Rosauers Open

    Conventional wisdom suggests that any golfer hoping to contend for a title in the Rosauers Open Invitational will have to slide outside of his or her comfort zone at some point during the three-day, $135,000 event and post a ridiculously low number.
  • Golf marathoners enjoy four-course meal

    By his own admission, Doug Kearsley gets a little obsessive at times. So when the 60-year-old retired construction consultant took up golf several years ago, he dove quickly into the deep end, playing 103 rounds in 2009 and 108 last year.
  • July12

    Golfers descend on Indian Canyon for Rosauers Open

    It’s Kyle Kelly’s favorite time of the year again. But the Spokane native and head golf professional at Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., claims he isn’t feeling as much of the Pacific Northwest’s mid-July heat as he usually does as he prepares to defend his title in the $135,000 Rosauers Open that starts today at Indian Canyon Golf Course.
  • July08

    Lewiston man breaks Guinness records for good cause

    Geno Bonnalie finished his weeklong fundraising ordeal with the skin on his hands blistered and peeling, his right knee sore and uncooperative, and his younger sister tearfully begging him to give up his quest.
  • June18

    Charity endeavor: Four golfers will play four courses in four states in one day

    In an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society in a partnership with Coaches vs. Cancer, a foresome of golfers – including two from Spokane Valley – will attempt to play nine holes at four different golf courses in four different states on the same day. The ambitious venture is the brainchild of Bruce Robinson, who read several years ago about a similar endeavor by four golfers back in the Midwest.
  • June17

    Ex-KXLY sportscaster finds dream job on the Golf Channel

    It was during his short, three-year stay in Spokane that Todd Lewis fine-tuned his skills as a sportscaster as a weekend anchor and reporter for KXLY-TV, while also developing a deep and unrelenting passion for golf.
  • June10

    Triplett looks ahead to Open, Champions Tour

    Since losing his fully exempt status two years ago following a series of wear-and-tear type injuries that required surgeries on both of his elbows and his left shoulder, former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett has been in all-out-scramble mode as far as his travel plans go.
  • June03

    Simulator places golfers in virtual heaven

    Normally, I try to limit my indoor golf, even during the winter months, to a couple of putt-putt rounds with the grandkids at Bumpers on North Division.
  • Country cool

    In a region noted for its wonderful array of affordable and accessible 18-hole championship golf courses, it is easy to forget about the small-town nine-hole courses on which so many of us learned the game. So every few years, I make it a point to talk a few friends into making a swing through some of our neighboring farming communities to sample golf on a simpler level.