Planet Golf — 22 February 2012 by Bob Sherwin
Short pitch: Welcome to GolfersWest

The medium has changed and the subject matter has narrowed but we’re doing the same thing the three of us have done for a combined 116 years. We’re three former newspaper sportswriters (L to R), Jim Street, Bob Sherwin and Kirby Arnold, who have taken to the Internet to further two of our lives’ passions, writing and golf. We started this web site to stay connected to both. We hope the site informs, illuminates and entertains. Our focus is on the West Coast, where we all spent most of our newspaper careers. We’ll write about and link to information on every public golf course in 12 of the Western states and British Columbia. We’ll cover the PGA as if it’s our home team. We’ll also include some instruction tips, new equipment, predictions and even opinions on the larger world of sports. Hopefully, our writing is a measure better than our swings.

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 44th year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past 10 years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 14 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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