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It’s an odd-numbered year so identifying the favorite at the 30th annual Rosauers Open Invitational seems simple enough. Corey Prugh, the event’s only four-time champion, won in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. That’s a pattern the Manito assistant pro would like to see continue.
There is no way to officially categorize Kalispel Golf and Country Club assistant pro Nick McCaslin’s accomplishments.
Gary Lindeblad and change are becoming fast friends. After his 31-year tenure at Indian Canyon ended on a sour note, the popular pro was hired earlier this year by the Kalispel Tribe as community relations manager.
The Rosauers Open Invitational is back at Indian Canyon, and Indian Canyon is getting back to being, well, Indian Canyon. The tournament was moved to MeadowWood a year ago when several of Indian Canyon’s greens struggled to recover from winter ice damage. The Rosauers, one of four majors in the PGA’s Pacific Northwest Section, has been held at Indian Canyon every year since its inception in 1988, except for last year and 1991.
When state auditors and city officials found that Gary Lindeblad, the golf pro at Indian Canyon Golf Course since the mid-1980s, owed the city nearly $90,000 because of poor bookkeeping, he didn’t balk. Instead, Lindeblad delivered three handwritten pages to the city arguing he was owed more than $190,000 because “severe maintenance issues” at the 80-year-old golf course had cut into his revenue over the years, a line of reasoning that met little resistance at City Hall.
The venue has changed and the style of golf course is different, so it figures that the Rosauers Open Invitational leaderboard might see some new names. The usual suspects – past champions Corey Prugh (2013, 2011, 2009), Kyle Kelly (2010), Jeff Coston (2008, 2006, 1997), Ryan Benzel (2005) – remain atop the list of favorites, but there will be unknowns for many with the tournament relocating from Indian Canyon to MeadowWood. The 54-hole event begins Friday, following a two-day pro-am. Proceeds benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
The venue has changed and the style of golf course is different, so it figures that the Rosauers Open Invitational leaderboard might see some new names.
Gary Lindeblad has been a fixture as the pro at Indian Canyon since the mid-1980s and the venerable city golf course has been home to the Rosauers Open Invitational since 1988. Lindeblad was a driving force in creating the Rosauers, which is the richest club pro tournament in the nation. He couldn’t be prouder of the success of the event and the $5 million it has raised directly and indirectly for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday grew by five, four prominent figures that have left indelible imprints on the sports community and one, an Olympic medalist, you’ve probably never heard of. Spokane Chiefs and Indians owner Bobby Brett, former Chiefs standout Pat Falloon, basketball coach and author Jerry Krause, Indian Canyon golf pro Gary Lindeblad and the late Carl Johnson were inducted during ceremonies at the Spokane Arena.
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday grew by five, four prominent figures that have left indelible imprints on the sports community and one, an Olympic medalist, you’ve probably never heard of.
The veranda at Indian Canyon is not the veranda at Augusta National, and we rather prefer it that way. Because the panorama still makes you go, “Wow” – and it’s still very much us. All of it.
Popular Spokane Chiefs hockey player Pat Falloon and Carl Johnson, the best Spokane athlete who few have ever heard of, both made their marks nationally and internationally during different eras. The pair, along with three contributors to Spokane’s sports legacy, will be inducted as the 24th class of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 22 during a luncheon and ceremonies in the Spokane Arena.
There was a time when the winning score at the Rosauers Open Invitational was 7-under par. Twice, in fact, in back-to-back years by champion Greg Whisman. In the eight years following Whisman’s titles in 1994-95 the winning scores at Indian Canyon fluctuated between 10- and 14-under. However, the last nine years the eventual champion has had to go lower, including Corey Prugh’s tournament-record 21-under in 2009. Prugh shot 7-under in the opening round of the 54-hole event in 2010 – and trailed eventual champion Kyle Kelly by two.
The Rosauers Open Invitational will turn 25 years old in a couple of weeks, a perfect time to walk down memory lane of the richest tournament in the PGA’s Pacific Northwest section. Our tour guides will be Indian Canyon host pro Gary Lindeblad, The Spokesman-Review archives and my eyes on a few occasions.
Gary Lindeblad sees similarities between golf and life. “You’re going along fine, and then a bad break happens,” he says. “What’s important is how you handle it.”
From Jim Meehan: I’m always willing to experiment on the golf course, trying a hybrid instead of the 3-iron I’ve used for 20 years, or employing a swing change on the advice of somebody I trust. Same goes for this space on Saturday mornings. Hence, the debut of the Pros Roundtable. I wanted to tap into the knowledge of area pros for instruction and opinion with the goal of better golf and better understanding of the game.
For much of the spring, the driving range at Indian Canyon Golf Course was more suitable for paddling a canoe than practicing for a round of golf. The range was covered in water – 3 feet deep or more in places. The standing water is mostly gone now, but there’s still some mud and a nasty odor when it rains, golf officials say.
For much of the spring, the driving range at Indian Canyon Golf Course was more suitable for paddling a canoe than practicing for a round of golf. City officials suspect storm water runoff from a nearby Spokane County road may be causing the problem; county officials aren’t so sure.
When the high-tech industry shoved its way into the instructional arm of the golf business several years back, there were many technophobe-type PGA club professionals who understandably shied away. Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen was not one of them.