And Then There Were Four – CG Readers Pick Their Favorites In 2012 Match Play Madness
We’re down to the Final Four in the Muckleshoot Casino Match Play Madness — learn how you can win a trip to Mexico, just by voting!
By Brian Beaky, CG Editor
SEATTLE – Six months ago, we launched the 2012 Muckleshoot Casino Match Play Madness — a year-long quest to crown the No. 1 golf course in the state of Washington, bracket-style. After days of sometimes intense debate, a field of 32 courses was selected and separated into four major “regions” — North (King/Snohomish County line to Canada), Peninsula (Kitsap and Olympic), Destination (Cascade Mountains and beyond) and Central Sound (Seattle/Eastside south to Olympia).
And then, there was nothing to do, but wait.
Within mere minutes of the April issue of Cascade Golfer hitting mailboxes across the Puget Sound region, votes starting rolling in to CascadeGolfer.com, with readers from as far away as Spain and Argentina registering their opinions on our state’s gems — and of course, letting us know which deserving courses they felt we left out.
In the months since, nearly 20,000 individual votes have been logged online — staggering our projections — with our readers surprising us at almost every turn. Top seed Wine Valley — which we suggested in August might just be the best course in the state (“One Day In The Valley,” CG, Aug. ’12) — barely survived a second-round matchup with fourth-seed Desert Canyon, while sixth-seeded Eaglemont rolled past three-seed Lake Padden before coming within a lip-out of a second-straight upset over Loomis Trail, the North Region’s No. 2 seed.
In the end, though, for all the upsets throughout the bracket, readers ultimately sided with the committee by advancing the top seeds in each region to the Final Four — Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course in the Peninsula Region, Chambers Bay in the Central Sound Region, Semiahmoo in the North Region, and Wine Valley in the Destination Region. In fact, Chambers Bay was the only one of the four to receive a significant challenge in the final stages, and what a challenge it was — voting was within 2-3 percent throughout the two months since the August issue hit the streets, and when we loaded the final results on Monday morning, it turned out that the site of the 2015 U.S. Open had defeated the self-proclaimed Home of the Huskies, Washington National — but by just one single vote.
So, what’s next?
Voting for the Final Four round will take place this Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Muckleshoot Casino, part of the 2012 Cascade Golfer Year-End Bash! In addition to helping ensure your favorite course moves on to the Championship Match, every voter who drops by the casino to place a ballot in the voting box will be eligible to win a six-night, six-round dream golf vacation to Mexico! Voting will then be opened online throughout the month of October to pick a winner, which will be announced in the December issue of Cascade Golfer.
In addition to live Final Four voting, we’ll also be handing out the year-end awards in our Cascade Golfer Cup tournament series, drawing a winner of a stay-and-play package to Pebble Beach, and holding our first-annual Duffers and Bluffers No-Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, with both cash and golf prizes galore.
So don’t miss out — join us at the Muckleshoot Casino on Oct. 6 for our year-end bash and help crown a winner … and just maybe, send yourself on a Mexican golf getaway for the winter!