Lee hasn’t won any tournaments in her freshman year at
That doesn’t mean the golfer from Silverdale hasn’t found success
for the top-ranked Bruins. In fact, she’s been one of the team’s
most consistent players.
Following her third-place finish at last week’s Blue Wave
Invitational in Tarzana, Calif., Lee now has placed third in her
last three collegiate tournaments. She also took third at the
Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge and the Arizona Wildcat
Invitational in February.
Lee has been UCLA’s top finisher in four of the team’s past five
I asked myself the following question when I discovered the
website for the All-American Golf Tour:
What the HECK is the All-American Golf Tour?
First of all, it’s not just for American players. It’s a
mini-tour based in Arizona that is focused on player
development. Think of it as the Nationwide Tour
for the Nationwide Tour. Winners of All-American
Golf Tour events (usually 54 holes) often earn sponsorship
exemptions to the Nationwide, which is considered a proving ground
for golfers looking to one day play on the PGA Tour.
If you think it’s a tour for scrubs, think again. I see at least
three former University of Washington standouts on the money lists
(Nick Taylor, Darren Wallace, Zach Bixler). Former Washington state
prep standout Andrew Putnam, who went to Pepperdine) is also on
there. Taylor has won over $11,000 (5th on the money list) and has
cashed in all 10 of the events he’s played in, winning once.
Williams sometimes thinks “other people panic more than we do,”
he said of all the negative talk about how the Atlanta Hawks were
done after a 6-0 start. Read the story
Bloomquist, a free agent, continues to be linked to the
Washington Nationals. Here’s
another story that indicates the Port Orchard native could fit
in as a utility player with the Nats. Bloomquist has also been
mentioned as the kind of player the Mets might be looking for.
post on MLB.com suggests South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham
could very likely start the season at Triple-A next year despite
playing well for the Padres.
Finally, for the reader who wanted to know about how Central
Kitsap grad Todd Linden fared this year in Japan, here’s
stats for Tohokou Rakuten Golden Eagles. Linden was injured
early and never did get untracked. He hit .185 and played in just
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association hosts its annual
awards banquet on Wednesday at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas.
Silverdale’s Randy Corley, once again, is up for announcer of the
year. The man with the smooth, velvet voice has done more to put
the Kitsap Stampede on the map than anyone. Here’s a
full list of nominees. Here’s 10 things you should know about
National Finals Rodeo, which runs Dec. 2-11 in Vegas. All 10
rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or webcast on
Bree Schaaf of Bremerton
competes in her second World Cup bobsled race of the year on Friday
at Park City, Utah. She’s coming off a sixth-place finish at
Whistler, B.C. … Swimmer Nathan
Adrian of Bremerton will compete in the U.S. Short-Course
Nationals Thursday through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and heads to
Dubai for the World Short-Course Championships on Dec.
15-19. The University of California senior established himself
as one of the elite sprinters in the world and should be among the
favorites for a gold medal in 2012 in London in the 50 and 100
freestyle events. … I’ve been told golfer Troy Kelly is
still experiencing some soreness, but is making progress after his
hip replacement surgery. The Central Kitsap grad shot a
64 recently at the Plantation Golf Course in Palm Springs, Calif.
some background on Kelly’s surgery, which took place in early
Silverdale sisters Erynee and Katie start play in the
U.S. Girls’ Junior today in North Carolina. We mistakenly said the
tournament opened on Saturday.
They’re one of four sets of sisters in the 109-player
field: Laura (17) and Lindsey
(14) Murray of Tipp City, Ohio;
Alexandra (17) and Anneliese (14)
Newell of Tampa, Fla.; Mariana
(15) and Sierra (14) Sims of
Austin, Texas; and Katie (14) and
Erynne (17) Lee. The Lee’s
cousin, Cherokee Kim, 14, of Dupont, Wash., is
also in the field.
As mentioned earlier, Erynee’s committed to UCLA. She’ll be a
junior at Central Kitsap this fall. Katie will be a freshman at CK.
Katie got in as an alternate. She shot a 76 at Woodburn Golf Course
in Oregon during qualifying. Erynne, one of the top junior golfers
in the country, led the qualifier with a 71.
You can follow the tournament at this
USGA web site. The Lee’s tee off back-to-back
at 8:40 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. on No. 10, making it convenient for
their parents to follow them.
Silverdale sisters Erynne and Katie Lee will both tee it up at
the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship that opens at the Country
Club of North Carolina today in Pinehurst, N.C.
Eyrnne Lee is one of the top-ranked juniors in the country. She
shot a 71 to lead qualifying at Woodburn, Ore. Katie shot a 76 and
was an alternate. Evidently somebody dropped out, opening the door
for Katie. Knowledgeable golfers in the area have told The Sun that
Katie has the potential to emerge as a top player. She’s taken the
last couple of years off to follow her sister, who committed to
UCLA earlier this year. Erynne will be at junior at Centrral
Kitsap. Katie will be a freshman.
Here’s the link to the U.S.
Girls’ Junior website. An interesting note: Katie tees off at
8:40 a.m. and Erynne at 8:50 a.m., both on No.10. That’ll make it
easier for Lee’s parents to follow their daughters.
Carl Jonson 12th at World Tourney
Cal Jonson of Bainbidge, who committed to UNLV, finished 12th at
the Calloway World Junior Tournament in San Diego. He shot a
final-round 76 on Friday and finished 4-over 294. Canada’s
Adam Svensson won the tournament with a 282 score.
UW Warns: Watch Out for Imposter
Husky golf coach Matt Thurmond text messaged Husky golf fans on
Friday, warning about somebody who claimed to be a Husky golfer
raising money for a trip. Thurmond said the golfer was targeting
some of the UW’s home courses. The Huskies hold their invitational
at Gold Mountain and have also held NCAA regional evens at the
“If this person comes to your home don’t give him anything
and call the police,” Thurmond wrote, adding “and punch him in the
face for me if you want.”
Thurmond said other scammers have done similar things in the
past, claiming a connectionn to UW sports teams.
Some of the Pacific Northwest Golf Assocation’s strongest
players will participate in the Calloway Invitational which will be
held Monday and at Tuesday at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.
Fifty-seven teams, comprised of one pro and one amateur, will vie
for $30,775 in prize money. They will pay the Cascade Course on
Monday (1 p.m. shotgun) and the Olympic on Tuesday (8 a.m.
shotgun). The event is individual stroke play for both pros and
amateurs. The amateur division will pay both gross and net
Tom Sovay of Redmond Ridge GC is the defending champion. Ryan
Benzel of Battle Creek GC (2008 champ and 2008-09 Pacific Northwest
Section PGA Player of the Year), Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC
(11 time PNW Section PGA Player of the Year, 2009 PGA Professional
Champion), Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC (2009 Washington
Open Champion) and Corey Prugh of Manito G&CC (2009 Rosauers
Open Champion) are all entered.
Callaway Golf will be holding a demo day on Monday from 10 a.m.-1
p.m., which is open to the public.