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Welcome to the NWGMA

 

About the NWGMA
The Northwest Golf Media Association was founded in 1995 by and for people who write, edit, discuss, produce and otherwise impart golf-related articles, books, columns for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet, social media and all other forms of communication. The nonprofit organization was originated to assist in the collaboration of efforts of the working media who cover golf in the region.

The NWGMA seeks to bring attention to the region’s golf heritage, and it hopes everyone in the media gives golf equal status with other sports. It also strives to educate the community about all facets of the golf industry and what each entity brings to the game of golf. Its members facilitate this by creating a network among colleagues for sharing story ideas and creating a community for discussing and disseminating Northwest golf news.

NWGMA Mission Statement
The Northwest Golf Media Association shall focus on the best interests of the game of golf in the Pacific Northwest with the assistance of individuals in the Northwest golf media.


 

From the News Room

 


NWGMA members invited to Egan celebration

 

By Tim Trower

Following a summer in which the spotlight once again found Chandler Egan, illuminating his
remarkable life as golf returned to the Olympic Games, Rogue Valley Country Club will honor its
esteemed former member.
 

On Friday, May 12, the club will host a presentation on Egan by Don Holton, the official
biographer of the champion player and reputed course architect who designed RVCC’s first nine
holes in 1924 and it’s second nine in ‘29. Holton is the historian at Exmoor Country Club in
Chicago, where Egan was raised and where a permanent display heralds his accomplishments.
There will be light snacks and drinks available that evening.

The next day, May 13, the club will dedicate the Original Course, renaming it the Chandler Egan
course to further entrench his legacy. A shotgun golf tournament on the newly-christened
course will follow.

“It’s the history of the course,” said board member Phil Iantosca, a member of the Chandler
Egan Celebration committee. “It’s been lost over the years, and we figure in doing this, we’re
bringing that back to the course. We’re giving our members some understanding of how big a
person Chandler Egan was to not only golf, but to the Rogue Valley and, specifically, to the
Country Club.”

Another board and committee member, Marla Parmele, said photos and other memorabilia on
the club wall’s make her curious about their stories.

“To actually think about our history, it’s so much bigger, so much longer than just the time
we’ve been members,” she said. “I just think it’s a gift to be able to give some of that history to
our current members.”

Egan moved to Medford in 1911 to become an orchardist, and remained here until his death
from pneumonia in 1936 at the age of 51. His former house on Foothills Drive is on the
National Register of Historic Places.

Before arriving in Medford, he was considered by many to be the best golfer in the world,
having won the silver medal in the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis and captaining the American team
to the gold medal. He earlier won the NCAA championship while attending Harvard, and
captained that school to three straight NCAA team titles, the last in 1904.

He won the U.S. Amateur in back-to- back years, 1904 and ’05. Only four players have won it
more than twice, among them Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods. Egan also was a four-time winner
of the Western Amateur, a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Amateur, was runner-up
in the U.S. Amateur in 1929 at Pebble Beach and played on the 1934 U.S. Walker Cup team.
He was thrice the No. 1-ranked amateur player in the U.S.

Nearly all of Egan’s course design work was in Oregon, Washington and California. Among thosecourses,
Pebble Beach was his crowning glory, remodeling it in 1928, a year before he took second in
the U.S. Amateur. The trophy for the California Amateur is named for him.

Other design credits of his include Eugene Country Club, Reames Country Club in Klamath Falls,
Bend Country Club, Waverley Country Club in Portland, Eastmoreland Golf Club in Portland,
Tualatin Country Club in Portland and West Seattle Golf Club.

He was working on Legion Memorial Golf Club in Everett, Washington, when he became ill,
passing away on April 5, 1936.

 For more information on the event, contact Tim Trower at 541 944-9812


Women's Golf Day set for June 6 -- See info


 

A memorable three-day journey to The Masters -- See Story


April 15 NW Golf Radio Show with Shon Crewe and Jim Moore -- check it out

 


Sandpines Golf Links dealing with five-month deluge -- See Story

 


First Green reaches 20 years of age

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of First Green. The innovative, environmental and STEM education outreach program, which uses golf courses as outdoor learning labs, started with local, humble beginnings but has since grown nationwide as well as internationally. (NWGMA co-founder Jeff Shelley is the president of First Green's board of directors.)

The Foundation has “spread the word” about itself by attending the annual Golf Industry Show, hosted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. First Green seminars at GIS have trained dozens of superintendents from around the U.S. in hosting a field trip.

First Green, also featured on the GCSAA’s TurfNet TV as well as several national network affiliates, drew worldwide attention in 2015 and ‘16 when the USGA selected it for a Public Service Announcement during its championships on the FOX Network.

Training More First Green “Instructors” at the 2017 GIS

First Green will, once again, be on hand at GIS to introduce the program and help golf course superintendents host their own field trips. The number of sign-ups this year is very encouraging. GIS will be held Feb. 4-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Foundation will conduct an eight-hour seminar that involves bringing together superintendents and local students to a nearby golf course to conduct science experiments.

The very thorough seminar has received high evaluations from participants. It’s taught by First Green co-founder, Jeff Gullikson, Secretary/Treasurer Steve Kealy (both Certified Golf Course Superintendents and national GCSAA environmental award winners), Executive Director Karen Armstead, Communications Director Cathy Relyea and Education Director Lynn McKay.

In addition to GIS, First Green has made numerous appearances at various golf-industry expos, both in the U.S. and Canada. The First Green team is frequently assisted in these educational programs by GCSAA regional field representatives as part of the professional development programs for golf course superintendents.

A First Green field trip is educational and enjoyable for all involved. After hosting what would become the first of his annual First Green field trips in 2013, Frank Tichenor, the longtime superintendent at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J., exclaimed, “The First Green field trip was one of the best days I’ve ever spent on the golf course.”

Kudos from a Range of Participants

First Green has received widespread praise from not only golf course superintendents like Tichenor but many students, parents, school teachers and golf-industry officials. Here’s a sampling:

“I have personally witnessed what a First Green program can bring to our youth, from teaching them the benefits that a golf course can bring to a community, to demonstrating that golf courses can be a place where environmental stewardship is practiced and protected.” - Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA

“The goal of the Chevron-USGA partnership and our Eagles for Education funding is to make STEM more fun and engaging through the game of golf. First Green’s educational and environmental outreach programs on the golf course have shown tremendous success supporting this objective, for which we are extremely grateful.” - Dr. Kimberly S. Erusha, Managing Director of the USGA Green Section

“In 50 years, we might well look back and see that First Green was one of the best ‘growing-the-game’ initiatives that golf has ever done.” - Kris Jonasson, Executive Director, British Columbia Golf

“First Green takes advantage of what the superintendent already knows. The majority of superintendents across the country possess science degrees from two- and four-year universities and the principles of STEM come very naturally to them. When it’s part of the superintendent’s everyday life, it’s simple for them to discuss with the kids.” - David Phipps, GCSAA Northwest Region Field Staff Representative

“The field trip is tailor-made to fit with the Science, Technology and Concepts curriculum on soils. First Green activities really engage the students and give them a chance to explore Earth's materials and also what might be living there.” - Teacher Margaret Portelance

“I thought the field trip was well-organized and executed. It was very helpful to me to be able to observe a live field trip. I thought the labs and instructors were great. I left very excited to host a field trip at our club.” - Greg Cormier, CGCS and Director of Golf Course Operations for Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass.

“I have had the honor of working with one of the great golf associations in the world for the past 32 years. In that time many programs have been started, but none hits the target of reaching out into the non-golf community better than First Green.” - Larry Gilhuly, USGA Agronomist for the West Region

“The WSGA has been a proud supporter of First Green since its inception 20 years ago. First Green is growing the game of golf in a very unique way by introducing kids to the many environmental benefits of a golf course. And for many of these kids that attend the field trips, it’s the first time they have ever stepped foot on a golf course. One field trip might equal a new member to the golf community!” - Troy Andrew, CEO & Executive Director of Pacific Northwest and Washington State golf associations

"The First Green seminar I attended at this year's Golf Industry Show gave me all the information I need to get started with this important outreach program. I am very excited to get out of the golf ‘bubble’ and begin telling our story to kids in the community!" - Jon Lobenstine, Director of Agronomy for nine Montgomery County (Md.) golf courses

“I asked the kids how many had ever held a golf club before. Many of them hadn’t played golf. The students were able to practice and solve real-world problems on the field trip. The math and science connection made the experience more relevant.” Teacher Robyn Higginson

“As stewards of their own piece of the environment, First Green gives superintendents a chance to share their tremendous and diverse knowledge with youngsters who enjoy this learning opportunity outside the traditional classroom.” - Paul Ramsdell, Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association

“Golf courses are a perfect fit for STEM learning. Students are taught about soil, ecosystems, wildlife habitat, surface and ground water, storm and sewer water management and a host of environmental benefits golf courses can provide.” - Trevor Smith, Past President of the (British Columbia) Allied Golf Association

“First Green is the most impressive thing I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been coming to the International Association of Golf Administrators’ meetings.” Michael Moraghan, Executive Director of Connecticut State Golf Association

“The combination of science, decision-making, and hard work immediately attracted me to the golf industry and instilled my desire to pursue a Turfgrass Management Bachelor’s Degree at Washington State University. Since making that decision, I have only grown more appreciative of golf and the management of the facilities at which it is played, making me feel as if I want to spend my future in the turfgrass industry.” - Matt Carstens, First Green Scholar and 2012 WSU Graduate.