WWU Coach Luke Bennett ties for 16th at Northwest Open Invitational
Aug 21, 2013
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Western Washington University interim men's golf coach Luke Bennett tied for 16th place after shooting an even par 72 in final-round action at the Northwest Open Invitational which concluded Wednesday at the Wine Valley Golf Club.
Bennett, representing the Lake Padden Golf Course, finished with a 54-hole total of 213.
He was tied for the lead following Monday's first round after firing a 5-under par 67.
Also in the four-way tie for 16th was former WWU standout Tim Feenstra, representing the Broadmoor Golf and Country Club, He shot a 3-under par 69 over the final 18 holes.
Taking medalist honors by six shots at 202 was former Saint Martin's University standout Shane Prante, who posted rounds of 68, 67 and 67.
The field of 131 was made up of Pacific Northwest Professional Golf Association professionals and amateurs. The Northwest Open is the oldest sectional championship.
The history of the Northwest Open is as significant as the history of golf in the Pacific Northwest. The list of past champions reads like a who's who in Pacific Northwest Golf. In fact, fifteen members of the Pacific Northwest Section's Hall of Fame are Northwest Open Champions.
The early years were dominated by Seattle Golf Club's Robert Johnstone, who won 8 of the first 10 events, and "Long Jim" Barnes. Barnes, the professional at Tacoma C&GC from 1911 - 1915, won the first two PGA Championships (1916, 1919) in addition to the 1921 U.S. Open and the 1925 British Open. Spokane's Marvin "Bud" Ward captured six championships over a 22-year span, five as an amateur and his last as a professional. Ward was also a National Amateur champion and may have won a few more but for the lack of championships during WWII.
The Wine Valley Golf Club, which opened in April of 2009, has been rated fifth on Golfweek's Best New Courses. To produce Golfweek's Best New Courses list, a nationwide team of more than 475 evaluators rated the layouts on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores, which then dictates a course's overall ranking.
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