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May 31, 2012


We're only 80 days from the start of the 2012 Boeing Classic!

The region's premier golf event has established itself as one of the most highly anticipated events by winning the Champions Tour's 2011 Players Award and 2010 Presidents Award, and will look to build on the $3.7 million raised for charity in the tournament's seven-year history.

Preparation for the 2012 Boeing Classic is well underway and significant progress has been made toward making this year's event the best in tournament history.


Highlights of the tournament's major accomplishments to date include:

1  Title Sponsor in Boeing, who continues to play a critical role in all aspects of the event

3.7  Millions of dollars raised in the event's seven-year history. Tournament proceeds in 2012 will continue to benefit the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason

7  New corporate partners signed on to sponsor the event

34  Celebrities who will participate in the tournament's annual kickoff event, the Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge

56  Foursomes who will take part in the two-day Korean Air Pro-Am

81  Champions Tour Pros who will compete for a shot to become the 2012 Boeing Classic Champion

89  Cadillac automobiles, including the new XTS, being provided to serve again as the tournament's Official Vehicle

496  Rounds of golf played during the week as part of special events, which includes the new Sponsor Golf Day on July 23rd

845  Volunteers already registered to give their time at the tournament (70% returning from 2011!)

1,400  American flags ordered to decorate the course for the return of Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 26

1,500  Pounds of salmon being caught to make the 3,000 Ivar's Salmon Sandwiches that will feed the masses at the 19th Hole

16,175  Square feet of skyboxes being built on the 18th Green, which includes an expansion of corporate hospitality suites extending down the 18th fairway

We look forward to you being part of the more than 80,000 fans to join us at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in August!



Like everyone (and their mother, grandma and newborn nephew), we are on Facebook and Twitter. The age of Social Media affords us a rare opportunity to interact more closely with all of you and provide you with valuable information. Plus - it's fun! We'd love for you all to come join us on both Facebook AND Twitter, or just one of the two if you're so inclined (we won't be offended).

What will you see on our social networks? Golf news, Boeing Classic updates, fun pictures and videos, fun contests with amazing prizes, exclusive deals and a whole lot more. Go see for yourself!



Roger Chapman arrived at the Senior PGA Championship as a relative unknown. But after a victory as compelling as it was unlikely, the 53-year-old Englishman has earned his place in the rarified ranks of senior major champions.

After taking a nine-stroke lead early in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Roger Chapman needed only to play out the remaining holes and savor the greatest moment of his professional life.

That's when he began to think about his mentor, George Will, who died two years ago after doing so much to help Chapman's career.

"Your mind just starts to wander a bit," Chapman said. "I was thinking of George all the way around -- what he would be thinking."

By that point, Chapman didn't need to focus totally on his round. After making three bogeys in the final five holes, he held on to win comfortably by two shots Sunday, wrapping up a phenomenal performance in which he held at least a share of the lead at the end of each day. The Englishman had never won on the Champions Tour, but he took control of the major championship during the final two rounds.

With the Charles Schwab Cup race now heating up, the Champions Tour moves to West Des Moines, Iowa, for this week's Principal Charity Classic. Check out this week's Power Rankings for which players to keep an eye on.



The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people in the greater Seattle area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about participating in The First Tee's summer program, first click here to review class schedules, guidelines for which class to enroll in, and parent volunteer forms.

Exciting new additions to the schedule this summer include teen classes and expanded offerings at Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent. Once you have reviewed the class offerings, click here to register for a summer class. For additional information visit The First Tee web site at



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