Feenstra takes Washington Open championship

Updated: May 31, 2011

Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC in Seattle took the lead in the second round and played steady in the final round to win the Washington Open Invitational at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue. Feenstra also won the Washington Open championship in 2007.

Feenstra opened with a 67 but took command of the tournament with a second round 63. He finished off his record-setting run with a final-round 70. His 200 total set a tournament record, which had been held by Chuck Milne who set the mark in 1976. Feenstra won $15,000 for winning the tournament.

Feenstra and his amateur partner Greg Stark of Broadmoor GC won the team competition after posting rounds of 65-59-65-189.

PGA Tour player Michael Putnam of University Place, Wash. was second, far back at 207, while another Northwest PGA Tour player, Andres Gonzales of Olympia was third at 208. Bob Rannow of Sandpines, Ryan Malby of Village Greens and Corey Prugh of Manito Country Club tied for fourth at 210.

“You see the two guys on tour at 6- and 5-under – and we might not have felt we played our best golf – but we are tour players, and he just beat us by seven or eight shots,” Putnam said. “That is good golf. Even if I had played well, he would have been tough to catch.”

Feenstra did not waste any time thinking anybody had a chance to catch him in the final round of the tournament. He birdied two early holes and rolled from there.

“I was very proud of myself, of how I started,” Feenstra said. “I made a couple good swings, made a couple birdies to calm the nerves and I started to get into a rhythm.”

NOTES: Defending champion Jeff Coston, of Blaine, ended up tied for seventh at 211. He shot 68 in the final round. Spokane’s Corey Prugh and Oregon’s Brian Nosler fired the best final rounds at 67. When Feenstra won the Washington Open title in 2007, he took home $5,000. This year it was $15,000. He added another $2,000 when he and amateur partner Greg Stark captured the pro-am title at 189. The tournament raised more than $500,000 for charity.