Washington Golf News

Coston 3rd at PGA Senior Professional

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PORT St. LUCIE, FL. - Longtime northwest PGA professional Jeff Coston finished T-3 at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship - The tournament, which had been postponed back in October due to bad weather, was contested over the Wannamaker course at PGA Village April 15 - 18 - Coston's T-3 finish qualified him to tee it up at this years Senior PGA Championship May 22-25 on the Harbor Shores GC in Michigan - Coston, a teaching professional at Semiahmoo golf course in Blaine, Washington, is no stranger to the big stage - In 2013 Coston finished 28th in the Senior PGA at Bellerive CC in St. louis, Mo. - Finishing ahead of Coston in Florida were runner-up Don Berry, the PGA head professional at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and winner Gene Fieger from Naples, Florida

Book Project Adds Partners

chambers bay 525adThe publishers of "America's St. Andrews," (www.AmericasStAndrews.com) the hardbound full-color coffee table book which chronicles the improbable story of how, against all odds, Chambers Bay golf course was selected to host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship as well as be the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open, have announced that two partners, Kemper Sports and Heritage Links, have joined the project - View promo video

The book is scheduled for release on October 1, 2014

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Signing on as a partner with the project is KemperSports, the prestigious management company based in Northbrook, Ill. that has been contracted by Pierce County to operate Chambers Bay since the construction phase of the high-profile project. Nine of the company's managed properties, Chambers Bay among them, are on Golfweek magazine's Top 100 "Best Modern Courses" list.

Also joining the book as a partner is Houston-based Heritage Links, the golf construction company that did the actual building of Chambers Bay, serving as the general contractor for the project. Heritage Links received the "Builder Excellence Award in the Creative Category" in 2008 for its work on Chambers Bay.

Both KemperSports and Heritage Links were two of the key players in creating from scratch and then sustaining a venue capable of hosting what is projected to be the largest sporting event held in the Pacific Northwest.

Upon its release, the book will be available wherever books are sold, as well as online, and will be sold onsite at the 2015 U.S. Open. It will also be available on eBooks via Kindle, iPad and other tablets. The book can be pre-ordered on the book's website (www.AmericasStAndrews.com).

The book's Foreword is written by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the chairman and master architect of the design firm of Robert Trent Jones II, the architects of Chambers Bay.

Included in the book are extensive interviews with all the key people involved in the process of transforming an abandoned gravel mine into a U.S. Open-caliber golf course, such as Mike Davis, executive director of the United States Golf Association; Danny Sink, USGA championship director of the 2015 U.S. Open; Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay, who took on the steep learning curve of shepherding a newly-opened municipal layout from infancy to elite status; John Ladenburg, the former Pierce County executive who spent all the political clout he had on a dream that ultimately came true; and particularly Jones and his team of architects and shapers who looked to the roots of the ancient game to create a world-class links layout along the shores of Puget Sound.

Along with award-winning photography of the golf course, the book also includes never-before-seen historical photos of the property on which Chambers Bay was built, photos of the phases of the course's construction, of the 2010 U.S. Amateur held at Chambers Bay, of the renovations performed in the wake of the Amateur, photos from the USGA archives and from the University of St. Andrews Library, and of the many people involved in the colorful backstory of the property.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. Along with Chambers Bay, the company's award-winning portfolio also includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as the acclaimed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the southern Oregon coast, The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., and The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., site of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship. For more information, visit www.kempersports.com.

About Heritage Links
Heritage Links, based in Houston, Tex., has built some of the most prestigious golf courses in the country, including Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., site of past PGA Tour playoff, The Barclays; The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., site of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; as well as completed the renovation of the Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral in Miami, Fla., site of this year's WGC-Cadillac Championship; and Champions Golf Club in Houston. Heritage Links has collaborated with Robert Trent Jones II on other projects, recently completing the construction of Jones' renovation of Princeville's two courses on the island of Kauai – Prince and Makai. For more information, visit www.heritage-links.com.

Proceeds to Charitable Initiatives
A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to a number of charitable programs and initiatives, such as the Patrons of Golf Program of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association; The First Tee of South Puget Sound, which includes Chambers Bay as one of the chapter's facilities; The First Green, an educational outreach program that uses golf courses as learning labs for high school students; and the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program, in support of Chambers Bay's caddie program which provides opportunity for young qualified caddies to earn a four-year college scholarship.

About the Author
Blaine Newnham was a sports editor and columnist for 11 years with the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, and an associate editor and sports columnist for The Seattle Times for 23 years. He is a featured writer in Golf Getaways magazine, and is a constant contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine and Cybergolf.com, as well as Golfweek magazine. He has authored two previous books, "The Running Experience" and "Golf Basics." In 2005, Newnham received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northwest Golf Media Association. He is a regular member of the Golf Writers Association of America.

The book is being published by Green Cloud Media.

St. Andrews is used in the title of the book with the expressed written permission of St. Andrews Links Trust, the charitable organization which manages the seven public golf courses in St. Andrews, Scotland. Creating golf's future by honoring its past, St. Andrews Links Trust is dedicated to keeping the game available and open to all

Drive, Chip & Putt Registration

drive chip putt 525adYou may have seen the finals of the 2014 Drive, Chip & Putt competition held at Augusta National the week before the Masters Tournament - Several local kids competed and represented Washington very well - Registration and qualifying information for the 2015 competition is now open - For full details and a list of Washington qualifying sites, Click Here

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