PGA pros in Tacoma next month

In less than a month, the PGA Tour experience will head to Tacoma.

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore, Tacoma’s Michael Putnam, Australian Aaron Baddeley and long-hitting Bubba Watson from Florida are committed to play in the BMW Northwest Charity Skins Game on Oct. 8-9.

It will be the first time four PGA Tour players have played an exhibition in Tacoma. Moore, a third-year pro, is the tournament founder and host.

Tickets will be available starting Monday for $20, but limited to the first 1,500 buyers. They can be purchased at the event sites (pro-am and clinic at The Classic Golf Club, skins game at Chambers Bay Golf Course) or at select Pro Golf Discount Stores in the South Sound.

The event is broken into three phases:

 • The Oakley-sponsored pro-am tees off at 9 a.m. Oct. 8 at The Classic in Spanaway. Each team ($200 per player) will be grouped with a local club professional. The four PGA Tour players are expected to visit groups on the course and mingle.

 • Following the pro-am, at 3 p.m. Moore, Putnam, Baddeley and Watson will conduct an hour-long clinic to teach junior golfers (17-and-under; admission is free if a perishable item is donated) at The Classic’s driving range. The juniors may then play nine holes at the course at no cost.

 • At 9 a.m. the following day, the four PGA Tour players will shift to Chambers Bay in University Place for a skins game. Moore (Operation Holiday Hope), Putnam (Tacoma/Pierce County Emergency Food Network), Baddeley (Chambers Creek Foundation) and Watson (Evans Scholarship Program) will play for their appointed charities, with $100,000 expected to be raised.

Information will be updated regularly on the tournament Web site ( For further questions, e-mails will be welcomed at

M’s legends in town today

Seattle Mariners greats Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez will join the Friends of American Lake for a charity tournament today in Lakewood to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Construction on reshaping some of the holes at American Lake Veterans Golf Course and covering the activity center and driving range is under way, all in an effort to make the facility more usable to those with disabilities.

Course manager Mike Kearney said he expects most of the project to be completed by the end of December.

Buhner will hit tee shots off the first hole with the groups of players, and Martinez is expected to sign autographs.

Chip shots

Here are some men’s club champions from Tacoma Golf Association courses in 2007: Tacoma’s Bobby Pasquale (Allenmore), Tacoma’s Brian Bronk (Brookdale), Fox Island’s Dave Schrenk (Canterwood), Puyallup’s Dan Ashlock (The Classic), Tacoma’s T.J. Bordeaux (Fircrest), Tacoma’s Dwain Wier (Fort Steilacoom), Fox Island’s Scott Howard (Gig Harbor), Orting’s Toby Larsen (High Cedars), Tacoma’s Rich Hagen (Lake Spanaway), Puyallup’s Charles LeBron (Lipoma Firs), Gig Harbor’s Scott Nobley (Madrona Links), University Place’s Casey Deskins (Meadow Park), Yelm’s Ken Edminster (Nisqually Valley), Federal Way’s Brian Powlus (North Shore), University Place’s Tom Hale (Oakbrook), Auburn’s Jeff Lundgaard (Sumner Meadows), Lakewood’s Ray Schuler (Tacoma), Eatonville’s Mike McCormick (Tanwax Greens), Sumner’s Kyle McLeod (Tapps Island) and Federal Way’s Rick Schlehofer (Twin Lakes). … Former Auburn Riverside High standout Sean Packer shot a course-record, 10-under-par 62 at Sumner Meadows last month. He is entering his senior season at Western Washington University.


The next two months will be busy at Northwest golf courses:


Nationwide Tour’s Oregon ClassicThursday-SundayJunction City, Ore. (Shadow Hills)

U.S. Mid-AmateurSept. 29-Oct. 4Bandon, Ore. (Bandon Dunes)

Pacific Amateur Golf ClassicSept. 29-Oct. 4Bend, Ore. (various courses)

Husky InvitationalOct. 1-2Gorst (Gold Mountain)

Northwest Charity Skins GameOct. 8-9Tacoma (Classic, Chambers Bay)

PNGA Senior Women’s AmOct. 8-9Spokane (Manito CC)

WSGA Senior Men’s AmOct. 8-10Coeur D’Alene, ID (Circling Raven)

Pac-10/Big Ten ChallengeOct. 21-22University Place (Chambers Bay)

Hudson CupOct. 25-27Portland (Waverley)