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Washington State’s Golf Coach Receives Regional Lpga Award

Sun., Jan. 21, 1996

Christine Burkhart, head coach of Washington State University’s men’s and women’s golf teams since 1990, was named 1995’s top golf coach for the Western United States and British Columbia by the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division.

Burkhart, selected over high school and college LPGA-affiliated coaches in 11 Western states and Canada, was recognized for her leadership of the successful WSU program. According to the LPGA, she is one of the few women nationally coaching both men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams.

Burkhart is a member of both the LPGA and PGA and is a past director of both men’s and women’s Pacific-10 Conference championship tournaments.


Mead High School will be the site of the KZZU long-distance shootout today at noon.

Three-point and hot-spot shooting will be in six divisions - 14-and-under coed; 15-19 and 20-and-older, both men and women; and wheelchair coed. There will also be a corporate cup division.

Info: (509) 233-8179.

Washington State and Eastern Washington will stage the seventh edition of their Cougar Classic and Eagle Classic youth tournaments sanctioned by Basketball Congress International the last three weekends in March.

Competition is for teams of boys and girls ages 11-17. Entry fee is $150 per team.

The Cougar Classic in Pullman will run March 15-17 (girls) and March 22-24 (boys). The Eagle Classic in Cheney will be March 22-24 (girls) and March 29-31 (boys).

Info: Kevin Graffis, (208) 746-5618.

The Snake River Shootout AAU youth tournament in Lewiston and Clarkston will run five weekends between March 1 and April 21. Team fee is $125.

Weekends and divisions: March 1-3-Girls grades 4-9. March 8-10-Boys grades 4-9. March 29-31-Girls grades 5-11, boys grades 10-11. April 12-14-Boys grades 5-9, girls grade 5. April 19-21-Boys and girls grades 6-9.

Info: Jamie White, (208) 799-2273 or (208) 746-1156.

Boat show

Anglers headed to Seattle this week can get their fill of fishing info at the Seattle Boat Show. Eight top Northwest anglers are presenting clinics, primarily for salmon and saltwater species through Jan. 28 at the Kingdome.


You can make camping reservations for some of the Northwest’s most popular state parks beginning Tuesday on a new combined Washington-Oregon reservation service. Call (800) 452-5687.

For a list of parks included, call (800) 233-0321.


Eastern Washington offensive lineman Tom Ackerman has been invited to the NFL scouting combine Feb. 8 in Indianapolis.

A third-team All-American and unanimous All-Big Sky Conference pick, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Ackerman was a 1991 graduate of Nooksack Valley High School.

The last Eastern player invited to the combine was Trent Pollard, who plays for Cincinnati after being drafted in the fifth round by the Bengals in 1994.

Synchronized swimming

Eastern Washington University’s aquatic center will be the site of the Junior West Zone synchronized swimming meet Feb. 3-4. Solo, duet and trio routines run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 3. Figures competition will be Feb. 4.

The meet is expected to draw 50-70 swimmers, ages 14-17, with 6 to 10 years of experience, trying to qualify for nationals. Local entries will come from the Spokane Synchro Club and Silver Mermaids.

Track and field

Eastern Washington women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg has been selected as a coach for the United States National Team for a dual meet in Great Britain this summer. The date and site are to be determined.

Mecklenburg, who spent nine seasons as an assistant at Washington State, served as track and field manager for the West squad at last summer’s U.S. Olympic Festival.

Former Whitworth College All-American Arnie Tyler Jr. will stage three one-day camps for throwers and coaches in the coming months.

The first two will be held at Whitworth - Feb. 3 for hammer and weight throwers and Feb. 24 for shot putters and discus throwers. Among the instructors will be former Washington State hammer standout Matt Shafer and Lex Strom, Eastern Washington’s former discushammer specialist.

A javelin camp is tentatively scheduled for March 2 at Mead High School.

Open to high school and college men and women, the camps will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with lunch included. Cost is $45 per person, or $35 if a group of four or more from the same school participate.

Info: Tyler, 466-5801 or 459-3792; or Claudia Gallagher in the Whitworth athletic department, 466-3235.


Eastern Washington’s head athletic trainer, Carla Baker, has been selected as chief trainer for the volleyball competition at this summer’s Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Baker, in her first year as EWU’s head trainer after serving one year as an assistant, will oversee seven other trainers during volleyball competition for men and women.

Baker came to Eastern in the summer of 1994 after two years as the trainer at San Luis Obispo High School in California.

The Post Falls volleyball league is sponsoring a four-person draw co-ed tournament Saturday at 9 a.m. at Seltice Elementary. Cost is $7 per player.

Teams will be drawn at 8:30 a.m. Each player is guaranteed a minimum of five matches. Profits will benefit the purchase of new volleyball equipment at Post Falls Junior High and Prairie View Elementary.

Info: (208) 773-0581 or (208) 773-2104.


Former Eastern Washington basketball player Don Garves has been hired as EWU’s director of athletic development. He will be responsible for all the athletic department’s fund-raising activities.

Garves has worked as a Spokane financial planner with 8 years of management experience. A Shadle Park High School grad, he received his bachelor’s degree in 1983.

Garves played for the Eagles from 1979-82, including three as a starter as Eastern compiled a 55-29 record during that span. He led Eastern in scoring his senior season with a 14.1 average and finished his career with 890 points and 407 rebounds.

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