Planet Golf — 24 August 2014 by Jim Street
Party’s over at the Boeing Classic

SNOQUALMIE, Wa. – Another Boeing Classic is history and the party’s over.

Better make that “parties” as residents in the houses and condos located on the edges of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge return to their normal routines on Monday.

There are homes with close proximity to 12 of the 18 holes of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course and many of the residences were hosting parties during the three-day Champions Tour event.

“This is our favorite weekend of the year,” said Katie Rose, the co-host for a six-hour Saturday bash held less than 20 yards from the first tee. Her partner in life, and in party-planning, is husband Justin Rose — a golfer but not the
golfer of the same name.

“His swing is just a little better than mine,” the local Rose smiled when asked about the “other” Justin Rose — the fifth-ranked golfer in the world. “It’s been going on for a while now. This is our fifth or sixth year and we really
enjoy it. Fortunately for us, it is just one day – Saturday.

“I’m not sure our livers could handle more than one day.”

The Rose Party took up most of Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and somewhere between 65 and 75 friends and neighbors stopped by for food and drink, not necessarily in that order.

A two-cart supply of food and drink from Costco was plenty for their visitors.

Justin and Katie Rose host a Saturday party

Justin and Katie Rose host a Saturday party

With so many people in such a small area so close to the first tee, noise could irritate the golfers.

“We used to have a “Quiet” sign, but now if it gets a little noisy, someone just says ‘shhhh’ and it gets quiet. Most of our guests know the routine.”

Do any of the golfers stop by to say hello after they tee off?

“Our favorite is Michael Allen,” Justin said. “He remembers us from previous years, when we got a little crazy, and he’ll come by. That’s who we are rooting for this week and hope he can pull off a victory.”

Jennifer and Tim Barnes love a party

Jennifer and Tim Barnes love a party

Meanwhile, more than a Fred Couples drive away along the 18th fairway, Tim and Jennifer Barnes were commiserating with several friends in the back yard of their home.

Unlike last year, when more than 200 friends, family and strangers participated in a Saturday post-round party that featured a local band, the Barnes’ decided to downgrade this year and go all-out again in 2015.

“We moved in about a month before the Boeing six years ago and had no idea what it was all about,” Tim said. “We had a few friends over and it just kind of snowballed after that. We had about 200 people last year and it was a lot of fun. The party started literally the minute the last golfer finished and lasted until about 11ish.”

Finding a party — or few — was no problem this year as the Boeing Classic ended its first decade on the Champions Tour. The Snoqualmie community is close-knit to begin and has become even closer over the years as residences near the golf course increased.

“We moved here in 2001 and there have been a lot of changes,” Rose said. “The tournament has gotten bigger and better.”

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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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