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University of Washington Tacoma Scholarship Fund Recognizes Architect of 2015 U.S. Open Course
Tacoma, Wash. (October 23, 2013) - At a golf tournament staged as a lead-in to the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course south of Tacoma, Wash., Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the world-renowned architect of the course, was recognized by having a scholarship fund named in his honor.
More than $40,000 was raised by 128 golfers who participated in the 2013 Fairway to the U.S. Open golf tournament. The event, organized by the University of Washington Tacoma and sanctioned by the U.S. Golf Association, is the first in a series of events planned to focus the attention of the local community on the impact of the 2015 U.S. Open, expected to draw more than 200,000 participants and attendees to the Seattle-Tacoma region.
Proceeds from the tournament, which include sponsorships, registration fees and donations, will form the initial core of the Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to UW Tacoma students who might otherwise not be able to afford a college education. Increasing access to higher education is a core mission for UW Tacoma, Washingtons only member of the Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities.
Jones delivered a 40-minute lecture at a breakfast prior to the tournament, describing for golfers and other attendees how the exciting setting of the Chambers Bay property on Puget Sound converged with the history of its use as the nations largest sand and gravel quarry to inspire his design efforts.
In her remarks at the breakfast, the chief executive of UW Tacoma, Chancellor Debra Friedman, compared golf to classical music, noting that the more you learn about either, the more you gain an appreciation for the art form. As she announced the naming of the scholarship fund in Joness honor, she noted that his designs for Chambers Bay made apparent the artistic heart of both the game of golf and the Chambers Bay property.
In his remarks welcoming Jones to the podium, local UW Tacoma supporter Pierson ClairPresident and CEO of Brown & Haley, the makers of Almond Rocanoted his 30-year friendship with Jones, and called on those present to celebrate the brilliant genius of the Chambers Bay design.
A highlight of Joness presentation was a series of before and after images of various sites around the Chambers Bay course. He described how the lay of the land, the exposure to wind from Puget Sound, the marine climate and the sandy soil made the site ideal for a Scottish/Irish links-style course. He elaborated how, from the beginning, he was able to translate local community leaders dreams of a golf course that would serve the public and also be a world-class venue for major championships. He explained that the golf course shaper, the artist on the bulldozer, translates the two-dimensional blueprints from the architect into three dimensions on the ground.
Tournament player Yannis Koumantaros, 2002 alumnus of UW Seattles Foster School of Business, happily extends credit for the courses impact far and wide. What an amazing golf course. The brutality and the artistry that you encounter while playing are unforgettable. Koumantaros, an ardent Husky fan, says the winds coming off Puget Sound are as welcome as the visiting teams fans in Husky Stadiumyou dont want to live with them, but youre not really living without them.
A second tournament and five more lectures will be presented by UW Tacoma as part of its Fairway to the U.S. Open community engagement program. The next lecture, on Nov. 5, 2013, will feature Golf Channels Terry Gannon and UW Tacoma professor Bill Kunzwho was an executive at Turner Broadcasting, ABC Sports, NBC Sports and ESPNdiscussing televisions role in covering the U.S. Open. In Sept. 2014, a second UW Tacoma Scholarship Golf Tournament will add to the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Scholarship Fund and give more golfers a chance to play Chambers Bay prior to the highly-anticipated 2015 U.S. Open. More information about all the remaining events that are part of Fairway to the U.S. Open can be found at http://tacoma.uw.edu/golf.
About Robert Trent Jones IIWith headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide, having created more than 270 courses in over 40 countries on six continents. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. For additional information contact the firm at www.rtj2.com.Contact: