Lower Mainland: Local News / Whatcom County

Canadians Aplenty At Bandon Dunes

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 22:10 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 21:51

by Alfie Lau
 

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Dave and Phil Christopher discovered the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur 4-Ball Tournament at Pacific Dunes almost by accident.
 
The brothers were transporting their mom’s car from Palm Springs back to Vancouver for insurance purposes and booked a family golf vacation at Bandon Dunes.
 
Starting Tuesday, they would be doing 36 holes a day until they left Friday, but on a sunny Monday afternoon, they were out watching a thrilling 20-hole round-of-32 match featuring #3 seeds Madelein Herr and Brynn Walker, who trailed #30 seeds Gillian Vance and Jennifer Kupcho by two holes with four to play.

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Bandon Dunes to Host 2020 U.S. Amateur, FOX Sports Gets Boost With Announcement

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 05:15 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 21:15

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This new television partnership between the USGA and FOX Sports appears to be yielding big news announcements already.
 
While the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball were taking place Tuesday afternoon at Pacific Dunes, Mike Davis of the USGA was on FOX Sports to announce that the 2020 U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 10-16 at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, with the exact courses to be determined at a later date.

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A Day Of Routs At Pacific Dunes Plus A Round At Old Macdonald

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:14 Monday, 11 May 2015 21:08

by Alfie Lau
 

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When Canada’s lone competitor at the USGA’s inaugural Women’s 4-Ball, Christina Spence Proteau, was eliminated on Sunday night, the only blessing for Proteau’s partner, Shawn Farmer of Bellevue, WA, was the chance to golf the rest of the courses at Bandon Dunes.
 
All eliminated players play for free at Bandon’s other three courses while the tournament continues on, so Farmer was out at Old Macdonald at 8:30 a.m. Monday, along with Proteau’s husband Jim and their nanny.

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The Canadian Content At The Washington Open Invitational

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2015 12:35 Sunday, 10 May 2015 11:40

by Alfie Lau
 

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When the invite came into my mailbox requesting my presence at the Washington Open Invitational Media Day at Meridian Valley Country Club, I wondered what possible connection to British Columbia and Canadian golf there could be.
 
But look down the list of winners and in 1977, just below the name of 1978 Champion Fred Couples, is Kelowna’s own Dave Barr.
 
Barr won at Tumwater Valley Golf Club and that is the victory prominently listed as his first international title on his Golf Canada Hall of Fame record.

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The Triumphant Return To Bandon Dunes

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2015 15:38 Friday, 08 May 2015 21:19

by Alfie Lau
 

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In November 2014, I made my overdue way to Bandon Dunes for the first time.
 
The weather was pleasantly nice and with my buddy Brian Graham, we played all four courses in less than 48 hours, almost as if we were in a hurry, especially with the short days and need to play 36 holes each day before the wind and rain blew in.
 
This time, in March 2015, I got a whole different Bandon experience, especially since I met three of the people who have made Bandon special.

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