Couples falls short to Langer

August 3, 2010

Couples falls short to Langer

Bernhard Langer (left) talks with Fred Couples after the pair finished first and second in the U.S. Senior Open Championship Aug. 1 at Sahalee Country Club. By Christopher Huber

Even though he had all the crowd support he needed, Seattle native Fred Couples needed a miracle on hole No. 18 to have a chance Aug. 1 against the on-fire Bernhard Langer, of Germany, at Sahalee Country Club. A dismal mistake early in the fourth round of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open had forced Couples to play catch-up for the next 16 holes. Read more

Youth golfers take a swing at volunteering at Senior Open

August 3, 2010

Alex Yi, a Skyline High School incoming sophomore, assembles his standard-bearer scoreboard in the golf cart shack July 30 for golfers Dan Bieber, Mark Houser and Dave Massey in the second round of the USGA Senior Open Championship. By Greg Farrar

Ashley Danforth, 18, of Sammamish, got up early with dozens of her peers July 26 – Aug. 1 to work long days at Sahalee Country Club for a rare opportunity to participate in a major golf event.

The Eastside Catholic graduate, along with her twin sister, Amanda Danforth, her brother and her father, David Danforth, volunteered with numerous other Sammamish residents as standard bearers. David Danforth coordinated the more than 50 youths who carried the score signs for each group of players.

As standard bearers, the youths were able to meet and assist some of the top senior players in the tournament. Ashley and Amanda said they signed up in fall 2009 to make sure they secured a spot in the rotation.

“I play a lot of golf … it was a good experience to be able to get inside the ropes and meet the players,” Ashley Danforth said.

Alex Yi, who plays for the Skyline High School golf team, said head coach Mike Fleming suggested he sign up to volunteer to help with the event. Alex saw it as an opportunity to meet the pros, play and watch some golf, and increase his involvement in the sport he’s come to love.“I said, ‘Why not?’” Alex said. Read more

Vaughan leads U.S. Open in Sammamish

July 30, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. July 30, 2010

Bruce Vaughan, a former fireman who didn’t take up golf until he was 20, shot a 4-under-par 66 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Sahalee Country Club.

Vaughan had a two-stroke lead over Loren Roberts and amateur Thomas Jackson.

Seattle native Fred Couples, who had three straight birdies on the back nine, finished at even par, tying for ninth place. Tom Watson, who was the early leader, also finished at even par.

Defending U.S. Senior Open champion Fred Funk started the day with a bogey and things never got better. His opening day score was 6-over-76.

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Senior Open has top golfers from Champions Tour

July 27, 2010

Some might go to the U.S. Senior Open hoping to see their golfing heroes from decades past and present, but the tournament is not just a trip down memory lane. The top golfers in the PGA Champions Tour, open to pro golfers over 50, are coming to the Sahalee Country Club.

The tournament begins July 29 and runs through Aug. 1. The first groups to tee off July 29 will be Jerry Johnson, of Ocean Shores, amateur Martin Rifkin, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Kim Dolan, of Las Vegas, on hole 1 at 7:15 a.m. Teeing off on hole 10 at the same time will be amateur Kevin Klier, of Colbert, Wash., Eddie Terasa, of Waukesha, Wis., and Dave Bell, of Canada.

Local favorite Fred Couples, 50, tees off at 7:45 a.m. at hole 10 with Tom Watson and 2008 U.S. Senior Open champion Eduardo Romero.

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