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The local golf pro is recognized by the OGA and by the PGA

by: JOHN DENNY - Stone Creek professional Ted WestlingTed Westling, the director of instruction at Stone Creek Golf Club since the club’s inception in 2002, recently received a pair of honors, one for his play and one for his contributions in promoting the game of golf.

Westling, 60, was honored this fall by the Oregon Golf Association as the 2012 Oregon Senior (ages 50-and-over) Player of the Year. And he was also honored by the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA as recipient of the 2012 Player Development Award.

It’s the fifth time that Westling has been named Senior Player of the Year. He also received the honor in 2006-2008 and in 2011.

Westling, who says he shoots even-par, played in 22 pro-am events over the past year, winning first place in seven of them.

Westling says his favorite courses are Stone Creek and Royal Oaks.

“I like Royal Oaks because you have to drive the ball straight and because the greens are challenging,” Westling said. “They’re fast and sloped.

“I like Stone Creek because of the beauty of the course — the view of Mt. Hood and the fescue grass that lines the fairways. And because of the variety of the two nines — one is a meadow atmosphere; the other has more trees.”

This is the first time Westling has received the Player Development Award.

“It’s presented by your peers for your efforts in growing the game of golf,” Westling said. “So it means a lot. It’s an honor.”

Westling has coordinated the Junior golf programs at Stone Creek for years. This past summer he brought the “Play Golf America” program to Stone Creek, where holes are shortened during specific hours to accommodate less experienced golfers and families.

He’s also been involved in community education, in introducing club members to other courses, and in using “Groupon” to introduce Stone Creek to new players.