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Originally published April 26, 2016 at 8:52 PM | Page modified April 26, 2016 at 9:00 PM

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Washington Open golf will feature field of 136 at Meridian Valley

Past winners at the May 16-18 event include Fred Couples, Ken Still and Don Bies.


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A field of 136, including about 32 amateurs, is expected to tee it up May 16-May 18 at the 90th Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open, being held at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent for the fourth consecutive year.

The event, with an expected purse of $80,000 that would mean $7,000 to the winner, is one of the area’s most prestigious golf tournaments. Many state legends have their name on the trophy as past winners, including Fred Couples as an amateur in 1978. Other players who had long careers on the PGA Tour to win include Ken Still (1966) and Don Bies (1980).

The Open will preceded by a two-day pro-am May 14-15 that will benefit Folds of Honor, which has a stated mission of “providing educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers.”

Last year, the pro-am raised $43,000 for Folds of Honor.

Darren Black, the defending Washington Open champion, said Tuesday that his game “could always be better.” Black is the head pro at Rainier Country Club in Seattle and said he finds it tough to find time to practice, trying to sneak in a few minutes of work in between giving lessons.

Winning last year meant a lot to him.

“It’s an honor to be part of the great history of this event,” he said.

Notes

Joey Morgan broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with an RBI single and three Husky pitchers combined to strike out 12 Seattle University hitters as Washington won, 3-1, on Tuesday at Husky Ballpark.

Morgan was 2 for 4 and extended his streak of reaching base safely to 19 straight games.

The win gave the 25th-ranked Huskies (23-14) victories in two out of three games this season against their crosstown rivals, the Redhawks (25-15).

Jack Reisinger singled in Jeffrey Morgan for Seattle U’s run.

• Sounders FC 2 played to a 0-0 tie at Real Monarchs SLC in Sandy, Utah. The match was the first on the road for S2 (1-3-2).

• Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) player of the week. She had a goal and two assists to lead Reign FC to a 3-0 win at Boston.

Sports-information reports contributed to this report



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