Here it comes
August 15, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
New and familiar faces are expected at Boeing Classic
The Boeing Classic, which opens Aug. 20, will bring several returning champs, along with some new senior legends of the links.
Mark Calcavecchia, the defending champion from last year’s tournament at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, will try to hang onto his title during the three-day competition beginning Aug. 24.
Local golf hero Fred Couples, of Seattle, returns after a recent Senior British Open win, his second major win on the Champions Tour.
Corey Pavin, the 1995 U.S. Open Champion and 2010 Ryder Cup Captain, has committed to play in his first Boeing Classic.
Duffy Waldorf, a winner of four official events in his PGA Tour career, will make his Champions Tour debut at the Boeing Classic.
Waldorf turns 50 on the opening day of Tournament Week.
The three-day Champions Tour competition opens with a Boeing jet flyover, but there are plenty of other options for spectators, and amateur golfers, throughout the week.
The Seahawks Rumble on the Ridge, where amateur golfers play a round with celebrities from the sports world, takes place Aug. 20.
This year’s celebrities include former Seattle Seahawks Ahmad Rashad and Mack Strong, former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann and Kasey Keller, former soccer player for the Seattle Sounders.
The Emirates Youth Clinic, held Aug. 21, is an opportunity for young golfers to listen to tips from World Golf Hall of Fame member and 1988 Masters Champion Sandy Lyle.
The event is free and open to the public. It is open to anyone 18 and younger, and golf clubs are not needed.
The Korean Air Pro-Am, Aug. 22-23, teams amateur golfers with Champions Tour pros. All of the spots in the 56 foursomes in the two-day event are full. But you can still watch.
Kids Day, Aug. 24, is a big deal at the Boeing Classic. All children 14 and younger get in for free if accompanied by an adult.
Kids activities, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include watching the Boeing Jet Flyover, entering the First Tee Putting Contest, a face-painting station and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.
Military Appreciation Day, Aug. 26, is a nod to all veterans and their families. All active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces get free admission, free parking and get to hang out at a special event tent on the 18th green.
On the Web
Get ticket and event information at www.BoeingClassic.com.
Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or firstname.lastname@example.org.