Back from our brief hiatus with some news from the diamond and the links.
Golf: Boeing Classic week well underway
The week of events leading up to the Valley’s signature sports event of the year, the Boeing Classic pro golf tournament, is well underway.
The Champions Tour senior pro men’s tournament, being held this weekend at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and things have gotten off to a rousing start this week.
Yesterday, the tournament held its youth clinic, sponsored by Emirates Airlines, giving young golfers a chance to learn from a pro – this year’s instructor was Chip Beck, a longtime tour pro who will be competing this weekend. The Classic also held its Adaptive Golf Clinic yesterday, allowing players with physical challenges a chance to participate and improve on their golf games. There was also a keynote speech from a top executive with J.P. Morgan Chase as the tournament also celebrated its Executive Women’s Day.
Monday kicked things off with the Rumble at the Ridge, and the winning team was led by ex-Sonic legend Gus Williams, firing a round of 59. Other celebrities who participated in the pro-am event included a fellow Sonic legend, Slick Watts, and broadcasters Kasey Keller, Ross Fletcher and Kenny Mayne. Mayne is a locally-based ESPN anchor and reporter, while Fletcher and Keller make up the broadcast team for the Seattle Sounders soccer team.
Among the tour pros expected to compete this weekend are Seattle native Fred Couples and fellow pro Kevin Sutherland, who fired a round of 59 last weekend during the Champions Tour event in upstate New York, setting a record for lowest score on the Champions Tour. Another local also slated to compete is Blaine’s Jeff Coston, who is the head pro at Semiahmoo Golf Course. Five more golfers earned spots out of yesterday’s qualifying round at Druids Glen Golf Club in Covington; these players include 1996 US Open champion Steve Jones, and longtime tour pro Blaine McCallister.
Couples will be at the Seahawks practice facility today in Renton to participate in a closest-to-the-pin contest with members of the Seahawks.
The tournament starts Friday, and ticket information is available at the Boeing Classic website, see right at news links. If you can’t make it, or just want to watch the event on television, the Golf Channel is once again back this season for coverage. Check their website for times. TGC is on all major cable and satellite providers.
Baseball: Kimborowicz strong again on mound in minor leagues
2010 Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz once again stood tall last night for his minor league baseball team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, but it proved to not be enough as the Hot Rods fell.
Bowling Green’s offense only recorded one hit in the 3-0 Midwest “A” league home loss in Kentucky to the Lake County Captains of Ohio, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Kimborowicz pitched three innings of relief, and only made one mistake during those three innings – he allowed a solo home run in the seventh inning, hit by Lake County’s Mike Papi. That homer proved to be the only hit “Kimbo” allowed, while striking out three. The outing for Kimborowicz was his first since August 14.
The season is winding down for Bowling Green, with it ending on September 1, so there’s probably a couple more outings at least in store for “Kimbo” before the season ends, and it has been a solid one. Bowling Green hosts Great Lakes, from Michigan, this weekend, then heads on the road to Indiana for its final road trip of the season next week with games against Fort Wayne and South Bend.
Golf: North Bend’s Kelly competes in regional tournament
Western Washington University men’s golfer Jack Kelly, of North Bend, is competing this week at the PGA Pacific Northwest Section’s Northwest Open in Walla Walla. The tournament wraps up today, and for Kelly, he’ll be looking to close out with a bang.
Kelly has struggled in his first two rounds, firing a 75 Monday and 76 yesterday at the Wine Valley Golf Club, a par-72 layout. The Mount Si Golf Course representative sits at seven-over par 151 and in a tie for 90th place out of the 156 golfers competing in the event.
One other golfer in the event is representing a local course, and he’s faring well. Juanita High School grad Frank Garber, competing for the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge course, sits in 11th after firing a 72 Monday and 69 yesterday to sit at three under par 141. Both Garber and Kelly are competing as amateurs, meaning they will not receive any prize money for their efforts in this event.