Bart Potter is an Olympia freelance writer and golf enthusiast. His column on the local and regional golf scenes will appear on Tuesdays. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Staskus and Kevin Bishop are best known in the region as teachers of the game of golf. But they can play a little, too.
He was then, that summer of 2009, the hottest amateur golfer in the South Sound. He'd just won the Capitol City Amateur and the Tacoma City Amateur.
On further consideration, Gene Bates won't be pinned down on a signature hole at the emerging Salish Cliffs golf course near Shelton.
Shane Prante is at an age where he can't really be called the hot young thing anymore.
WOODLAND, Wash. - It's not even the golf course's signature hole, if you ask the people who work there.
When last we encountered Terry Lee, he was sipping a beer and drinking in the feeling of a good round of tournament golf.
If Dwane Ehrich had his way, seeing would be believing for the golfers who say Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course is just too wet.
You get to know your golf team when you're on the road out of state, going in and out of airports and shuttling between golf courses and hotels.
There's a scientific explanation for "gear effect," all about bulge and roll and clockwise spin of the golf ball coming off a clubface that isn't flat.
It would be easy to assume that everything in the care and feeding of Chambers Bay Golf Course - its maintenance, management and mind-set - is all about the U.S. Amateur, in the near term, and the U.S. Open, in the not-so-distant future.