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Boeing Classic Tees Off — Are You Ready?

Published on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 in News

From Tuesday’s Kids Clinic with Masters champion Sandy Lyle, to the weekend’s tournament action, has this year’s Boeing Classic covered.

The first round of the Boeing Classic Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Wash. (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)

Throughout the year, there are a handful of “milestones” on our golf calendar — the first round of the spring (usually on a rainy/snowy early-March morning), the first round in the sun (hopefully before July), the first round under 90 (or 80, or 70, depending on your skill level) … and then in August, the Boeing Classic.

It was well-documented in the pages of August’s issue of Cascade Golfer (if you missed Bob Sherwin’s article, “Pulling the Pursestrings,” check it out here —  it’s a highly recommended read for any local golf fan), but few tournaments in the entire country can match the enjoyment and experience of the Boeing Classic. As Executive Director Michelle DeLancy notes each year, it all starts with the golf course — an incredibly scenic track laid out over the rolling foothills of the Cascade Mountains, with up-close views of Mount Si and Snoqualmie Falls. The weather almost always cooperates, too (as it appears it will again this year), making a trip to Seattle for the Boeing just as valued by the Tour players’ spouses and families as it is for the players themselves.

Which leads us right into the Field, comprised of some of the most memorable names in golf history — Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler, 2012 champ Mark Calcavecchia and, of course, local favorites Fred Couples and Kirk Triplett.

This year's Youth Clinic will be hosted by Sandy Lyle on Aug. 21. Kids Day is Friday, with a putting contest and other fun activities for kids. All kids 14 and under are admitted free with a paid adult, all three days. (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)Lastly, there’s the atmosphere — golfers can walk the course with their favorite players, who often interact with each other and fans while waiting on the tee, or between holes. Attendees who purchase the Canyon Club add-on to their ticket for just $15 extra can go up into the VIP tent by the 14th green and watch golfers blast drives over Bear’s Canyon, while enjoying upgraded food and beverages in a casual, cool environment.

There’s quite literally something for everyone, from the Rumble at the Ridge and Korean Air Pro-Am, for fans who want to have the chance to interact with their favorite golfers in a low-key, non-competitive environment, to the annual Youth Clinic with Sandy Lyle, to Military Day, Kids Day and more. We’ve got it all covered throughout the week on our Boeing Classic Corner, and will also make regular updates to Facebook, Twitter and as well.

The 2012 Boeing Classic is here — it’s time to enjoy the show.

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