TACOMA GOLF LEGEND KEN STILL PASSES AWAY AT 82
The Tacoma and South Sound sporting world is mourning the passing of one of our own this week. Kenneth Allan Still (February 12, 1935 – March 19, 2017) has passed away at the age of 82 and the world is a little lesser because of it. However, the impact Still had upon the world of golf, especially here in the Tacoma area, will hold strong for generations to come.
Born in Tacoma, Still graduated from Clover Park High School, and decided to turn professional golfer just five months later. It would be a decision that would mark his path for the rest of his life. Still was a member of the PGA tour until the age of 50, when he decided to move his game to the Senior PGA Tour where he continued to play for nearly 15 more years.
Still, was the first golfer from Tacoma to win a PGA tournament championship. He notched three PGA wins in his career; all over some of the biggest names the sport of golf has ever known. On March 9, 1969, Still defeated Miller Barber by one stroke to win the Florida Citrus Open Invitational. Five months later, Still would finish two strokes ahead of runner-up Gary Player to capture the Greater Milwaukee Open. On Oct. 25, 1970, Still would defeat Lee Trevino and Bert Yancey in a playoff to add the Kaiser International Open Invitational to his win list.
During this run of excellent play, Still was selected to represent the United States team at the 1969 Ryder Cup where the USA retained the title with a 16-16 draw against the British. It would be the first draw in Ryder Cup history.
Still's best finishes in PGA major tournaments was a fifth place finish in the 1970 U.S. Open and a tie for sixth place in the 1971 Masters Tournament.
In 1964, Still also captured the British Columbia Open, followed by the Washington Open in 1966.
An avid fan of Tacoma's Triple-A baseball and the Seattle Mariners, Still was also instrumental in the creation of a Jack Nicklaus designed set of nine holes at American Lake Veteran's Golf Course. February 12 is set aside by the city of Fircrest as Ken Still Day.
Still is survived by his wife, Linda Still (Evans); his son, Mark Evans; and his brother, Fred Still.
A public funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, March 31 at St. Charles Borromeo, 7112 S. 12th St. in Tacoma, with a reception to follow at Fircrest Golf Club. Donations can be made in Still’s memory to St. Charles Church or American Lake Golf Course.
PLU'S HUNKIN EARNS NWC HONOR AS FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
The Northwest Conference office released its weekly award winners for women's track & field on Monday, March 20 with Pacific Lutheran University's Vakeaemanu Hunkin securing NWC Field Athlete of the Week.
Hunkin earns the accolade after a strong showing over the weekend at Lewis & Clark College's Spring Break Open in Portland. The first-year from Spanaway, Washington was the top finishing Division III competitor in the shot put, recording a season-best throw of 42 feet, 7.5 inches. Her throw was good for fifth overall amongst a field of several Division I and Division II competitors and her toss currently is the best in the NWC and ranks third nationally in Division III. Hunkin additionally finished 14th in the hammer throw (126' 1.75") and 17th in the discus throw (108' 4.25").
PLU returns to action on Saturday, March 25, making the short jaunt across town for the Peyton Scoring Meet hosted by the University of Puget Sound. The meet begins at 10:30 a.m.
PLU WOMEN EARN SECOND STRAIGHT NWC CREW HONOR
The Pacific Lutheran University women's rowing team's varsity eight is the Northwest Conference Crew of the Week for the second consecutive week after claiming a pair of decisive victories at the Hagg Lake Invitational.
The Lutes' 1V8+ boat dominated host and NWC rival Pacific University in its first race of the day on Saturday, finishing in seven minutes, 9.05 seconds and owning a 64-second buffer on the Boxers. As an encore, the 1V8+ clocked a 6:44.33 against Lewis & Clark College for the boat's second win over a NWC squad with the Pioneers trailing by nine seconds.
The 1V8+ boat was crewed by Alison Wriggle, Molly Mastrorilli, Hannah Peterson, Sarah Stafford, Madeline Woods, Molly Ivey, Alex Moore, and Sydney Otey with Madison Sanders serving as coxswain.
PLU returns to the water on April 1, competing up in Seattle at the Husky Open.
LOGGERS' BENKO NAMED NWC LACROSSE DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Ally Benko has been named the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the NWC announced on Monday.
Benko, a Livermore, California, native, was 2-0 as goalkeeper for the Loggers in their two-game Spring Break trip to Texas. The freshman allowed just 11 goals in 120 minutes, while making 15 saves. In a 10-3 victory over Carroll in a neutral-site game, Benko made five saves. The following day, she made 10 saves in a 14-8 win at Dallas.
The Loggers next host George Fox on Saturday, April 1. The game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.
UPS WOMEN STEP CLOSER TO .500 WITH SWEEP OF PACIFIC
Jordan Hirae knocked in the game-winning run in the seventh inning as the Loggers (8-10, 4-5 NWC) won a back-and-forth battle over the Boxers, 5-4, in the first game on Sunday's doubleheader March 19.
With the game tied, 4-4, Connor Dunn led off the seventh inning with a double. Hirae immediately followed with a single to right field to score the go-ahead run. David Follett earned the win with two shutout innings, and Michael Warnick shut the door on the Boxers (9-12, 4-11 NWC) for his fifth save of the season.
The Loggers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, when Hirae got the rally started with a leadoff single. Layne Croney beat out a bunt single, and Cal Muramaru followed with a bunt single that was compounded by a throwing error by the pitcher that Hirae and Croney score.
The Boxers evened the score in the fourth inning, but Puget Sound truck for two more runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run single by Tyler Brazelton. Pacific tied the score once more with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth, but Hirae's second hit of the game stood as the winner.
The Loggers scored all three runs in the first inning and Joe Brennan was stellar out of the bullpen in a 3-0 win over the Boxers to secure the two-game sweep.
Cal Muramaru was hit by a pitch with one out in the opening frame, and Corey Roberts followed with a single. Mason Quinlan walked to load the bases for James Dejesus, and the centerfield lifter a sac fly to give Puget Sound a 1-0 lead.
Quinlan and Roberts executed a double steal to put the Loggers' lead to 2-0, and Tyler Brazelton's RBI single to left field scored Quinlan. Brennan tossed 5.2 shutout innings in relief of Tyler Huling, and Michael Warnick notched his sixth save of the season.
The Loggers return home to host Whitworth with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25, starting at 12 p.m.
SOUNDERS WOMEN AND U23 SET FOR HOME BROADCASTS
The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams have signed on with Bootstrapper Studios to broadcast the home game schedules for each team in 2017. Bootstrapper is well known in the area having broadcast the Seattle Reign and S2 games over the past few years.
As the game of soccer grows in the United States, so too does the developmental pyramid that feeds the growth of the professional game. For nearly two decades, the Sounders Women have helped produce professional and national team players including Rose Lavelle who most recently played for the US Women’s National Team after playing the 2015 season for the Sounders Women. The Sounders U23 have helped produce more than 60 professional players and will continue the Player First Initiative this summer with another crop of top amateur players looking to make the jump.
Broadcasting games via webstream through Bootstrapper Studios makes sense for each of these players as coaches from across the country can now tune in to watch the future professionals if they are unable to make games. This opportunity also gives the parents and friends of the top players playing amateur soccer a chance to see these young guns compete during the summer as they prepare to make the jump to the next level.
“The Bootstrapper team have been incredible in helping us put together a package that makes sense for our business,” said Darren Sawatzky, General Manager for Sounders Women and General Manager and Head Coach for Sounders U23, “With the ability for players to be seen in real time across the country, it further expands the reach and exposure for these kids.”
Bootstrapper Studios has been working in the Seattle soccer community since the 2013 inaugural season of NWSL and the Seattle Reign. They have produced four seasons for NWSL, and enter their third season with USL, and have broadcast multiple Open Cup games and press conferences for the Sounders.
Schedules and tickets for both clubs can be found at www.soundersu23.com and www.sounderswomen.com. The Sounders U23 will kick off the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday, May 10 with the opponent to be determined and the Sounders Women open against Vancouver on Saturday, May 27.