Planet Golf — 23 August 2013 by Jim Street
A camera’s view at the Boeing
Miss Puget Sound welcomed the guests

Miss Puget Sound welcomed the guests

Bernhard Langer walks away from water-logged ball

Bernhard Langer walks away from water-logged ball

Father-son day at the Boeing Classic for this duo

Father-son day at the Boeing Classic for this duo

A future participant at The Boing Classic looks on

A future participant at The Boing Classic looks on

The Dreamliner Lounge crowded at No. 18

The Dreamliner Lounge crowded at No. 18

So far, this is the nicest drive of the day

So far, this is the nicest drive of the day

Cloudy skies, perhaps, but sunny dispositions

Cloudy skies, perhaps, but sunny dispositions

The first birdie of the day at the par-5 18th

The first birdie of the day at the par-5 18th

New stairs lead to the picturesque 14th hole

New stairs lead to the picturesque 14th hole

Welcome to the 14th hole

Welcome to the 14th Party-at-will hole

Fans head out to the 18th to await the field

Fans head out to the 18th to await the field

Great house, but lousy view of the 18th green

Great house, but lousy view of the 18th green

Entrance to Dream Liner Loge

Entrance to the massive Dreamliner Lounge

Bart Bryant's birdie on No. 13 gave him 2-shot lead

Bart Bryant’s birdie on No. 13 gave him 2-shot lead

Tom Lehman blasts from a sand trap at No. 9

Tom Lehman blasts from a sand trap at No. 9

Boeing 777 performs flyover at TPC Soqualmie

Boeing 777 performs flyover at TPC Soqualmie

The Boeing Classic definitely is a family affair

The Boeing Classic definitely is a family affair

Tent City at the Boeing Classic

Tent City at the Boeing Classic

Three generations of golf fans

Three generations of golf fans

Bernhard Langer tied course record with 31 on front

Bernhard Langer tied course record with 31 on front

Steve Elkington's second shot at par-5 first hole

Steve Elkington’s second shot at par-5 first hole

 

SNOQUALMIE, Wa. — As always, the Boeing Classic was a big hit.

Champions Tour rookie John Riegger became the first first-year player on the Tour to win, matching a record.

Here are some photos of the three-day event.

Defending champ gets primo parking space

Defending champ gets primo parking space

Pals Dave West and Moose Clausen at the Classic

Pals Dave West and Moose Clausen at the Classic

And they're off at the Boeing

And they’re off and running at the Boeing

PA extraordinaire Eric Radovich introduces a golfer

PA extraordinaire Eric Radovich introduces a golfer

Fine time for a snooze

It’s a fine time for a snooze

Colin Montgomerie prepares for his first shot at The Boeing Classic

Colin Montgomerie prepares for his first shot at The Boeing

Mark O'Meara reports to first tee for first round

Mark O’Meara reports to first tee for first round

Rocco Mediate tees off on par-5 first hole

Rocco Mediate tees off on par-5 first hole

Fred Couples acknowledges fans' cheers

Fred Couples acknowledges fans’ cheers

Mark Calcavecchia in the bunker at No. 18

Mark Calcavecchia in the bunker at No. 18

Checking out the pairings near No. 18

Checking out the pairings near No. 18

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

Fans check out the practice driving range

Fans check out the practice driving range

Do what this dude tells you to do

Do what this dude tells you to do

Qualifier James Mason dressed well, shot 3-over

Qualifier James Mason dressed well, shot 3-over

Amateur gets pitching tips

Amateur gets pitching tips

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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