Canterwood Golf and Country Club in Gig Harbor, Wash. is the venue this week for the 63rd Washington State Men’s Best-Ball and 26th Senior Men’s Best-Ball. The two championships are being held concurrently on May 16-17, and are conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
The 36-hole championships are being competed over two days with starting times off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The two championships will see a combined field of 89 two-man teams competing in a four-ball stroke play format.
Last year’s champions in both events are back in 2019 to defend their titles. In the Men’s championship, Austin Beatty of Mill Creek, Wash. and Luke Bakke of Seattle both play out of Mill Creek Country Club and pose a formidable threat. Bakke had previously played as a professional on several mini-tours before regaining his amateur status, and Beatty had played collegiately at the University of Nevada-Reno.
In the senior championship, Mike Blade of Mount Vernon, Wash. and Brian Shanks of Edmonds, Wash. will be trying for their second consecutive title.
The Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship was previously known as the Inglewood Best-Ball from 1956 until 1993, when in 1994 the WSGA began to administer the event and introduced the Senior Men’s Best-Ball.
The Men’s and Senior Men’s Best-Ball are two of 15 championships conducted annually by the WSGA.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.
The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.