Sharp wins 2017 Rosauers in Spokane

Spokane, WA  – Indian Canyon GC – 6,255 Yards, Par 71, $135,000

PGA Professional Brady Sharp of Walla Walla CC (Walla Walla, WA) won the 30th Rosauers Open Invitational in a playoff against PGA Professional Russell Grove of North Idaho College (Coeur d’Alene, ID).

Sharp fired an 11-under par 60 to come from behind to force the playoff after making 11 birdied throughout his round.  He then birdied the first playoff hole for the title of 30th Rosauers Open Champion.

The 11-under par 60 shot by Brady Sharp today is a 18-hole tournament record at Indian Canyon GC.

History of the Championship:

The Rosauers Open Invitational has been a part of the PNW PGA tournament program since 1988.  The famed golf tournament has been hosted at just two facilities.  Indian Canyon GC and MeadowWood GC.  This year we return to Indian Canyon GC in Spokane, WA.

We have had some amazing champions since the event started.  PGA Professional Corey Prugh of Manito CC (2009, 2011, 2013 & 2015) holds the record for the most wins.  Derek Bayley set the 54 hole-tournament record of 189 (27-under par) at MeadowWood GC in 2016.  Amateur Derek Bayley of The Links GC (Post Falls, ID) also holds the 18 hole tournament record of 59, 13-under par the same year.

Charity:

Proceeds from the Rosauers Open Invitational will benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Spokane’s safe haven for children at risk of abuse and neglect.  The Nursery also provides counseling, education and referrals for parents of young children.  The event last year raised $120,000 for the charity with approximately $2,750,000 raised through the 29 years.

Indian Canyon Golf Course:

Indian Canyon was built in 1935 for $200,000.  H. Chandler Egan, a member of the PNGA Hall of Fame, crafted the Canyon’s layout over the well-treed hillside southwest of the Spokane River.

Indian Canyon hosted the 1941 and 1984 Public Links Championships.  When Bill Welch was victorious in 1941, he concluded “After I played Indian Canyon, I never wanted to go back to Texas again.  I never saw a golf course that beautiful in my whole life…. I did return to Texas, but only to pack my bags and move to Spokane.”

This municipal track has been annually rated among Golf Digest’s “Best Public Courses”, “Best Affordable Courses”, “Best Golf Courses You Can Play”, “Best in State” and taken individually, some holes rank with the best holes found on any course – public or private – in the region.  Indian Canyon’s lofty acclaim is well deserved.

The Section:

The Pacific Northwest Section includes 1,100 PGA members and apprentices in Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska.  The Rosauers Open Invitational is one of six major championships conducted by the Section.

 

 

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