Inside Comments: Steve Turcotte

Joel Dahmen entertaining at U.S. Open

It is widely accepted that Northwest native and former University of Washington golfer Joel Dahmen is the best interview on the PGA Tour. Anytime someone puts a microphone in his face or a scribe walks up with a notebook, Dahmen always has something to say.

That is why the Clarkston, Wash. native has always been one of my favorite players on the PGA Tour to follow. I always love it when he is hovering near the top of the leaderboard because he will always get air time – the networks just know he is the go to guy for interviews.

At the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Dahmen was his usual personable self when the microphone brigade went to work after he led the tournament after two rounds.

But it’s what happened after the interviews that made even more entertaining news.

When Dahmen and his wife went to pick up his courtesy car from the valet at the club, the car was nowhere to be found. Turns out the valets had given the car to someone else. Whoops.

That left Dahmen with some time on his hands so what did he do – he went to the media. He called up the No Laying Up podcast after the car snafu and went live. “We actually do not have a car,” Dahmen told the hosts of the program. “Someone took our vehicle from the valet or they gave it to the wrong person.” Dahmen went on for about five minutes on the podcast waiting for his car to show up. Turns out there were some Netflix cameras around him too, filming a scene for a docu-series that follows players on the PGA Tour.

Nice move there.

The Pacific Northwest will once again be in the national golf spotlight in August when Chambers Bay hosts the U.S. Women’s Amateur Aug. 8-14. This is an event which will feature the top women amateurs from around the world.

And it is another chance for Chambers Bay to showcase itself. This will be the fourth national championship at Chambers Bay. The first was the 2010 U.S. Men’s Amateur followed by the 2015 U.S. Open and the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. And if you want to get up close to the event, volunteers are needed. Contact Anthony Shipman at ashipman@kempersports.com for more.