The first-ever Golf Digest's Pacific Amateur Golf Tournament played at Meadow Lakes ended under perfect golfing weather Wednesday. The 2002 tournament was spread out over three days and brought around 600 golfers to central Oregon.
>Three golfers competing in the 2002 Pacific Amateur Golf Tournament watch as a fourth, Mike McMahan of Lake Forest Park, Wash., chips up on the 18th green at Meadow Lakes. The tourney, played at nine courses in central Oregon including the local municipal golf course, was held Oct. 1, 2 and 3. Golfers came from all across the nation to compete; the three joining McMahan were from Republic, Wash., Olympia, Wash., and San Antonio, Texas.
Each year the tournament plays nine golf courses, mostly in the Bend area. This year the local course was chosen as one of the venues on which between 60 and 75 of the competitors played. Apparently golfers had complained about one of the courses that had been used in the past, and Meadow Lakes was chosen as a replacement.
The tournament brings in golfers from all over the country. Meadow Lakes' golf course superintendent Wayne VanMatre said he talked with golfers from Atlanta and other parts of the nation.
Local golfers at Meadow Lakes will find a new face in the pro shop and teaching the game on the driving range. Scott Holmberg has been hired as the municipal golf course's interim golf pro.
Holmberg replaces Marshal Huston who has been the pro since July, 1999. Huston resigned recently, citing personal reasons for leaving.
City Administrator Henry Hartley said the search for a new pro hasn't begun yet. Holmberg was hired to fill in, he explained, "through the season."
VanMatre said he expects the search to begin soon, however. "We want someone by January or February," he said, "in time to get things tuned up for spring."
Holmberg is quite qualified to fill Huston's shoes. He has worked at Fiddler's Green Golf Course in Eugene, as well as couses at Eagle Crest and Black Butte.