White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. is set to host the 58th Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship, which commences Thursday, May 29. The two-day championship includes many of the top amateur golfers from Washington and Northern Idaho. The 21st Washington State Senior Men’s Best-Ball Championship will be held concurrently at White Horse. Both championships are conducted by the Washington State Golf Association.
The champions of last year’s men’s and senior men’s championships are both back this year to defend their titles. The team of Chris Bae of Issaquah, Wash. and Craig Larson of Tacoma ran away from the field last year by carding consecutive rounds of 7-under par 65. In tomorrow’s opening round they will be in the featured pairing, teeing off the No. 1 tee at 8:00 a.m., and being paired with Ben Garrett and Erik Olson, both of Seattle.
Returning to defend their senior men’s title is Mike Hickok of Kirkland, Wash. and Chris DeGrazia of Lynnwood, Wash. This duo has a liking for White Horse, as in 2009 they won the men’s best-ball title when it was held at the club.
The format for the championship is a 36-hole Four-Ball stroke play (gross and net). This year, the popular championships comprise a field of 71 teams.
Along with hosting the 2009 Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship, White Horse was also the site of the 2010 Washington State Amateur Championship.