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26th April 2005

farquhar3:34pm: Quote of the Day
I play with friends, but we don't play friendly games.
Ben Hogan

8th March 2005

farquhar1:53pm: Quote
A golf course is the epitome of all that is purely transitory in the universe, a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.
Jean Giraudoux

21st January 2005

farquhar8:12am: "The Truly Useful Golf Book"
"The Truly Useful Golf Book"

Chapter 1 - How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt
Chapter 2 - How to Hit a Nike from the Rough When You Hit a Titleist from the Tee
Chapter 3 - How to Avoid the Water When You Lie Eight in a Bunker
Chapter 4 - How to Get More Distance Off the Shank
Chapter 5 - When to Give the Ranger the Finger
Chapter 6 - Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize Earnings
Chapter 7 - Crying and How to Handle it
Chapter 8 - Proper Excuses for Drinking Beers Before Ten AM
Chapter 9 - How to Rationalize a Six Hour Round
Chapter 10 - How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw Go in the Water
Chapter 11 - Why Your Spouse Doesn't Care That You Birdied the Fifth
Chapter 12 - How to Let a Foursome Play Through Your Twosome
Chapter 13 - How to Relax When You Are Hitting Three Off the Tee
Chapter 14 - When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponent
Chapter 15 - God and the Meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey Three Putt
Chapter 16 - When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever

17th November 2004

mr_slice8:34pm: Golf Blog
Hi everyone. I just wanted to invite you all to visit my golf blog, http://aaronwhite.typepad.com, for the daily commentary, stories and opinions on the game and world of professional (and recreational) golf. It's something I take great pride in and plan to build upon, along with co-bloggers listed on my site. I hope you all drop by, at least once, and say hello if you do!

On another note, if you haven't visited SortaGolf, you should. It's a humorous, but true, blog devoted to those of us who play the game for fun.

Also, I'll be transfering back to Everett in February. Couldn't stand New Orleans, so one year and I'm already on my back to the NW. Heh. I leave on a deployment sometime in May, but I'd love to find a partner or partners who don't mind helping me along while I'm learning the game.

25th September 2004

farquhar1:17am: So the rain has started. Last year I played throughout the winter. This year I just might take some time away from the game. Not! I am ready to find my ball plugged in the fairway.

And you? Where do you play when the turf gets wet?

7th September 2004

mr_slice12:36pm: Anyone else learning?
Any other new golfers out there that are looking for a partner of the same skill level? Or perhaps a not-so-new golfer who has patience and doesn't mind watching their partner lose a few balls in the woods and ponds?

Actually, I'm moving back to Seattle (either Edmonds/Lynwood or Smokey Point/Arlington) in February and since I just took up golf this past year I'm still learning. I won't have anyone to play with so I was hoping there was SOME organization or place I could find that welcomed newbies.

26th August 2004

farquhar6:51am: RULE OF THE WEEK

Why do golfers shout “Fore!” after an errant shot?

The word “fore” is Scottish in origin, and is a shortened version of the word “before” or “afore.” The old Scottish warning, essentially meaning “look out ahead,” most probably originated in military circles, where it was used by artillery men as a warning to troops in foreword positions. Golfers as early as the 18th century simply adopted this military warning cry for use on the golf course.

Rule 1-3: Agreement to Waive Rules
Players must not agree to exclude the operation of any Rule or to waive any penalty incurred. The penalty for a breach of this Rule is disqualification of both sides in match play, or disqualification of the competitors concerned in stroke play.

One example of such an agreement is if players agree to “give putts within the leather” in stroke play.

12th August 2004

deanchaseis5:00pm: Greetings
My name is (Insert name here) and I am a golf addict. Please help me.


Golfers Prayer

Golf is good
Golf is Great
Please let me
Hit it straight
Current Mood: crazy
New Champions Tour Event At TPC At Snoqualmie Ridge In Seattle Announced

Golf Tournament To Benefit The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center

SEATTLE, Wash. (August 11, 2004) - The PGA TOUR's Champions Tour, Seattle community leaders and the Tournament Players Course (TPC) at Snoqualmie Ridge today announced plans for a new addition to the tour -- the Greater Seattle Champions Classic -- to be played at the TPC facility beginning in August, 2005. Officials announced a three-year agreement, extending through 2007.

The inaugural Greater Seattle Champions Classic will be played Aug. 15-21, 2005. The Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge will be hosting its first TOUR competition. The field will be comprised of 78 players.

The beneficiary of the Greater Seattle Champions Classic will be The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The Heart Institute is widely recognized for excellence in cardiac care, serving patients throughout the Northwest and Alaska.

J. Michael Rona, president of Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of the Seattle Seahawks, will serve as co-chairmen of the Classic.

"Seattle boasts a vibrant golf community. The Champions Tour has been interested in the Seattle area for some time," said Champions Tour president Rick George. "The TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge is one of the best courses in the state. Our players are already looking forward to competing there. We are confident Seattle golf fans will welcome the Champions Tour when it comes to town in August 2005."

"The Greater Seattle Champions Classic will be a world-class golf tournament that will inspire amateur golfers and kids alike," said Leiweke. "Far more important is the opportunity it presents to raise millions of dollars supporting the great work of Virginia Mason," he added.

"On behalf of our patients at The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason, we are thrilled to be part of this exciting event," said Rona. "The Greater Seattle Champions Classic supports our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality, innovative cardiac care and research in the region."

"The TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge is pleased to host the Champions Tour, which will not only be a world-class golf event, it will also benefit the important work of The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason and the greater Snoqualmie Community as well," said Quadrant Homes president Peter Orser. Quadrant Homes is the owner/developer of Snoqualmie Ridge and the largest homebuilder in Washington.

The Champions Tour played in the Seattle area previously from 1986 through 1995. Winners of the event include Dave Stockton, Al Geiberger and Chi Chi Rodriguez.

About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour and renamed the Champions Tour in the fall of 2002, it has grown to 30 official events offering $53.08 million in prize money in 2004 and its highest average purse ever of $1.77 million. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. The three Tours of the PGA TOUR (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour) and their tournaments have generated more than $820 million for charity since the first recorded donation was made in 1938, with more than $82.8 million raised last year. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Rick George is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters are in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Its Web site address is PGATOUR.COM.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. For more information visit VirginiaMason.org.

About Quadrant Homes
Quadrant Homes, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, is Washington state's largest single-family homebuilder. The company has earned the highest rating from the Master Builders Association for the company's commitment to environmentally responsible "Built Green" homebuilding practices and also was recently recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Energy Star qualified builder. Now in its 35th year, Quadrant Homes is currently building at eleven communities in the Puget Sound region. For more information, visit Quadrant's new Web site at quadranthomes.com.

About TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge
Located within the Snoqualmie Ridge planned community in scenic Snoqualmie, Wash., the Tournament Players Course (TPC) Snoqualmie Ridge is the Pacific Northwest's only Jack Nicklaus-designed Tournament Players Course golf course. With astounding views

of the Cascade Mountain foothills, Mt. Si and Snoqualmie Falls, the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge offers members and their guests an unparalleled golf experience. TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is a par-72 course and is 7,264 yards long. For more information, please visit www.tpcsr.com.

About Snoqualmie Ridge
Located in scenic Snoqualmie, Wash., Snoqualmie Ridge is a 1,340-acre multiple-builder Eastside planned community that is owned and developed by Quadrant Homes, a subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. Snoqualmie Ridge embodies the essence of the Pacific Northwest and is currently home to more then 1,700 families. Some of the region's top home builders have chosen to build Snoqualmie Ridge's distinctive and timeless homes. In addition to a 10-acre retail neighborhood and an 89-acre business park, Snoqualmie Ridge features more than 40 percent of its land dedicated as natural open space. According to New Homes Trend, Snoqualmie Ridge was the top-selling new home community in Washington state in 2003.

About Troon Golf
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 12 countries. Additionally, 28 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles Golf Club, North Stonington, Conn.; TPC Snoqulamie Ridge, Snoqulamie, Wash.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.

Media Contact:
Kim Davis
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Tel: 206-583-6451
Email: kim.davis@vmmc.org
Pager 206-215-0168

Jeff Adams
Director, Public Relations
Champions Tour
Tel: 904-273-3397
Email: jadams@pgatourhq.com

11th August 2004

farquhar2:36am: Mid-Season Start
We are golfers in and around Seattle. Here we can share course reviews with each other. Here we can rave about a great round, ask for advice and just talk golf.
Current Mood: quixotic
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