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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ralph Walter: No Wet Dog Fur Open golf tournament this year, but that’s no reason to be teed off

Always scheduled for the second Monday of June, the Wet Dog Fur Open – the S-R sports department’s unauthorized golf tournament that has produced enough embarrassing moments to make even John Daly blush – is circled on most of our calendars like Christmas. Until this year. Like most everything else this spring, our tournament was shelved by COVID-19. While not exactly a sad moment, it’s a nostalgic one nonetheless.

Jim Meehan: Prairie Falls makes cool upgrade with scenic No. 14

Prairie Falls Golf Club is whole again with the unveiling of a new No. 14 that looks nothing like its predecessor. What used to be a long, quality par 5 bordered by bustling Idaho Street has been transformed into a picturesque par 3 featuring a man-made lake interrupted by slivers of green grass serving as tee boxes.

Jim Meehan: Frank Capehart, 87, deals remarkable pair of aces

Frank Capehart was playing with his buddies at the Ranch Club in Priest River on May 10 so it was already going to be a good day. It got quite a bit better after his tee shot on No. 1, a 134-yard par 3, rolled right into the cup.

Meehan: Seniors have golf home in IESGA

John Hanke has been an Inland Empire Senior’s Golf Association member for 19 years. His scores have run the gamut but he can recall only one round he didn’t enjoy. That’s a lot of rounds – the IESGA circuit includes about 15 events each year – at numerous courses with a variety of playing partners.

Prugh has chance to crack Top 125, entry in The Barclays

It’s that time of the year on the PGA Tour. The race is on to finish in the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list, which guarantees entry into The Barclays in late August, the first of four tournaments that determine the Cup champion.

Alex Prugh in hot pursuit of FedEx playoffs

The race is on to finish in the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list, which guarantees entry into The Barclays in late August, the first of four tournaments that determine the Cup champion. Spokane’s Alex Prugh entered the week at No. 130.

Inland Empire golf league draws kids

Knowing I’m rarely on Facebook, my wife was kind enough to post pictures of my golf ball collection a few weeks ago in advance of a garage sale. Four large buckets of Titleists, TaylorMades, Callaways, Bridgestones, Srixons and Nikes. A few bright pink, some yellow and green, most a tad off-white. There had to be more than a thousand.

Meehan: Pros roundtable features Jordan Spieth, amateur’s flaws and cart troubles

For a column more than a decade ago, I did a ride-along with course marshals to see how they interact with customers and keep pace of play moving at an acceptable level. Somewhere down the line, I’m going to get behind the wheel of the driving range picker and see what it’s like to be a moving target. For now, I asked area pros Bill Ross (Wandermere), Darin Vaughan (Twin Lakes Village) and Kit DeAndre (Liberty Lake) to recount their funniest ventures operating the range picker or the beverage cart.

Golf pros discuss Spieth, driving range adventures

Jim Meehan: I asked area pros Bill Ross (Wandermere), Darin Vaughan (Twin Lakes Village) and Kit DeAndre (Liberty Lake) to recount their funniest ventures operating the range picker or the beverage cart. Their responses, and more, in the latest edition of the pros roundtable.

Meehan: When the heat is on, golfers evaporate

Work accomplished one recent afternoon, I ventured out to the Coeur d’Alene Golf Club to squeeze in nine holes. I called ahead and was told it was “wide open.” Lathered on some sunscreen, filled a water bottle. The course was in fine condition.

Meehan: Local golf fans get peek at the best

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Keith Ross was on the Chambers Bay driving range at 5:45 a.m. Monday, waiting for Tiger Woods to arrive. Instead, Dustin Johnson showed up. For 10 minutes, Johnson hit balls and Ross was the only one in the grandstands to see them soar into the distance.

Experience key at links-style Chambers Bay, along with hitting long and high

I made a dramatic change Wednesday to my morning routine. Instead of tuning into the Golf Channel, I listened on a conference call with two Golf Channel analysts. Told you it was a bold move. The topic was this week’s U.S. Open, which has prompted buzz due to the location (first Open staged in the Pacific Northwest) and the unique golf course (links-style Chambers Bay near Tacoma).