Our local golf community lost one its finest recently with the passing of Gene Carbery, the former head professional at Spokane Country Club. Carbery died on May 31 at the age of 82 following a brief illness.
Golf columnist Steve Bergum reflects on the life of former Spokane Country Club pro Gene Carbery, who died on May 31.
Yes, it is finally time to lift a glass to Phelps/Atkinson Golf Design and the Spokane County officials who had the foresight and courage to make it happen. They got the renovation of Liberty Lake Golf Course right.
The majority of friends I golf with are immensely better friends than golfers. That’s why May is my favorite month of the year.
Alex Prugh insists he has not been surprised by the success he has experienced this spring as a rookie on the PGA Tour. But the former, and soon to be again, Spokane resident does admit to feeling a bit giddy at times – especially during those post-round practice sessions when he’s banging range balls next to some past Masters or U.S. Open champion and finds himself looking over and thinking, “Man, I beat you out there today.”
If the people behind the pro-shop counters at our region’s golf courses seem a bit happier this spring than they have the last two years, it’s because they probably are. And you can credit the weather for the collective mood swing.
Liberty Lake Golf Course, which has been shut down for the past 19 months while undergoing a massive $4.5 million renovation, is scheduled to reopen on May 28. To what degree of fanfare has yet to be decided.
YAKIMA – A crudely painted sign on the north edge of town proudly proclaims, “The Palm Springs of Washington.” Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch.
The Mt. Adams Country Club is a semi-private course just a short, 20-minute drive north of Yakima down Highway 22, and offers a golfing experience that is completely different than Apple Trees, but every bit as challenging. Founded in 1923, Mt. Adams Country Club, features narrow, tree-line fairways and small, elevated greens that putt delightfully smooth and fast.
When asked to grade her performance in her inaugural Ladies Professional Golf Association event, Amy Eneroth reluctantly gave herself a C-minus. “Only because of the way I came back after that terrible start,” explained the 22-year-old Mead High School graduate and former standout at Washington State University, who kicked off her professional golf career Friday by shooting an opening-round 78 in the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Chris Griffin would have liked to have rolled in four or five of the highly makeable birdie putts he missed during the first few holes of Sunday’s final round of the $135,000 Rosauers Open golf tournament – not just for himself, but for the spectators at Indian Canyon Golf Course, as well. “It might have made things a whole lot more interesting and a whole lot more fun for everyone,” said Griffin, a former assistant professional at Tacoma Golf & Country Club, who has taken a leave of absence to work on his golf game.
Chris Mitchell was hoping Spokane’s Corey Prugh might show a little more respect – or maybe a little more sympathy – for his elders during Saturday’s second round of the $135,000 Rosauers Open golf tournament. Especially on the 18th hole, where the 28-year-old Prugh, the first-round leader playing in the same threesome with Mitchell, was faced with an 8-foot downhill putt for birdie on the severely sloped 18th green at Indian Canyon Golf Course.
It’s that time of the year when Jeff Coston starts feeling young again. And that probably doesn’t bode well for the other 167 golfers expected to compete in this year’s $135,000 Rosauers Open, which will play out this weekend at Indian Canyon Golf Course.
Head golf professionals are not simply ordained. Most find their way to the top only after serving extended stints as assistants. The money isn’t great, and the hours can be brutal.
PULLMAN – Anytime you play in a golf tournament as prestigious as the Washington State Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship and manage to keep your score out of the 70s all four days, you have to like your chances. Unless one of those scores is an 81, which is the 9-over-par total Austin Hurt posted during Tuesday’s opening round.
From its design to its location to its nifty little logo of a corkscrew with a hole-number flag on top, there simply isn’t much to not like about Wine Valley Golf Club. The visually dramatic 7,360-yard public course that opened this spring and unwinds so serenely over rolling hills just seven miles west of Walla Walla is fair, fun, formidable and fantastic.
Ken Spence was never the type to let one particular adventure consume his life. That’s why there were more than just golf stories swapped during the memorial service held recently at Hangman Valley Golf Course in his honor.
Toby Steward officially concluded a four-year quest Monday afternoon by announcing that Senior PGA Tour star Chi Chi Rodriguez will headline this year's fifth-annual Pro Classic golf event at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course on July 26 and 27.
Steward, director of the Classic, which features the $10,000 Tidyman's Shootout and benefits local charities, said he has been working for four years to land Rodriguez as the marquee player in his event.
"You want a show? We're going to give you a show," Steward said after announcing the appearance of Rodriguez and several other Senior Tour players at a press conference at Qualchan, which will host the event for the second year. "Chi Chi personifies everything we like about the Pro Classic. We're very excited. Capital letters - F-U-N - it's going to be a whole lot of fun this year."
Rodriguez, 63, is considered one of golf's greatest showmen and humanitarians. The Puerto Rico native, perhaps best known for the saber dance he does after holing a long putt, has won a combined $7,107,313 on the PGA and Senior PGA tours.
He won eight events, including the 1972 Byron Nelson Classic, on the regular tour and has captured 22 victories, including the 1987 PGA Seniors Championship, since joining the Senior Tour in 1985.
In addition, Rodriguez is the founder of the Clearwater, Fla.-based Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, which is home to troubled and abused youngsters. He is a member of both the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame and World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
Rodriguez will be joined at this year's Pro Classic by a field of between 16 and 20 fellow Senior Tour players. Among those who have committed to this year's event are Hugh Baiocchi, Dave Eichelberger and Dana Quigley, who were all winners on the Senior Tour last season.
Steward also announced that Butch Baird, Don Bies, Bob Brue, Bob Goalby, Bob Rosburg and host professional Ken Still have agreed to participate. He said he hopes to announce the rest of the field in mid-April.
This year's event will once again be limited to a gallery of 4,000, Steward said. Featured events on Sunday's opening day of the Classic will include a junior championship, the Yamaha Invitational Pro-Am, the Washington Water Power Kid's Clinic and the traditional trick-shot clinic by Brue.
The annual Pro-Am scramble and Tidyman's Shootout will be held Monday, along with a clinic by Rodriguez.
Tickets are $20 and include entry to the grounds at Qualchan both days. They go on sale today at G&B; Select-A-Seat ticket outlets and can be obtained by calling 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT.
Unlike last year, a ticket will be needed to attend Sunday's events, as well as Monday's. Steward said there will no public parking available at the golf course, but STA shuttle buses will once again be used to transport ticket holders from the main parking area at the Latah Creek Tidyman's to the golf course and back.
After next weekend's Senior Pro Classic, Al Geiberger's nickname will take on a dual meaning. File/The Spokesman-Review
One of the area's most interesting finishing holes - the 18th at MeadowWood Golf Course - has undergone a major facelift.
And not everyone is smitten with the new look.
"It's just not much of a golf hole anymore," said Joe Trembly, the secretary of MeadowWood's men's club. "It's been made quite a bit easier by the new design."
Not everyone shares Trembly's sentiments, but most of those who play the county's newest course on a regular basis have strong opinions about the redesign, which was done to appease homeowners, who have erected expensive dwellings along the right side of the 18th fairway.