‘America’s St. Andrews’ Garners Award, Prepares for Second Printing; Book About Chambers Bay and 2015 U.S. Open Schedules Appearances
Seattle, Wash. – During the Media Awards Ceremony of the International Network of Golf, held annually at the PGA Merchandise Show in January in Orlando, Fla., “America’s St. Andrews” received the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award in the book category.
Published in September 2014, the full-color hardcover coffee table book has gone through its initial print run and is preparing for its second printing, readying for the lead-up to the 2015 U.S. Open.
The book chronicles the improbable story of how in 2008, Chambers Bay – at the time just an eight-month old publicly-owned facility in University Place, Wash. – was selected to host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship, as well as to be the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open Championship, which will be held there on June 15-21, 2015, and is projected to be the largest sporting event ever held in the region.
Among the many upcoming events and appearances for the book are a book signing on March 26 at the annual meeting of the Travel Tacoma tourism group, which will feature keynote speaker John Bodenhamer, the USGA Sr. Managing Director of Rules, Competitions & Equipment Standards; a dinner and lecture at the prestigious Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle on April 12; and a luncheon and book signing hosted by the Washington Athletic Club at Chambers Bay on May 14.
The book was published in partnership with KemperSports, the management company of Chambers Bay that also manages and operates other acclaimed facilities such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and will be the first third-party management company to host a U.S. Open; Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) Golf Course Architects, the golf course designers of Chambers Bay; Heritage Links, the golf course construction company that built Chambers Bay; Tommy Bahama, the island-inspired lifestyle brand of relaxed and sophisticated apparel, accessories and home furnishings which has its corporate headquarters based in Seattle; and Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, the tourism group which has been instrumental to the region in the lead-up to the 2015 U.S. Open.
Also partnering with the project is the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA), which serves as the statewide representative of the United States Golf Association, which conducts the U.S. Open; and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), which was founded in 1899 and supports its allied golf associations in the region.
The book is available in stores, online, and on the book’s website (www.AmericasStAndrews.com). It will also be sold on site at the 2015 U.S. Open in the merchandise tent.
Included in the book are extensive interviews with all the key people involved in the process of transforming an abandoned gravel mine into a U.S. Open-caliber golf course, such as Mike Davis, executive director of the United States Golf Association; Danny Sink, USGA championship director of the 2015 U.S. Open; Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay, who took on the steep learning curve of shepherding a newly-opened municipal layout from infancy to elite status; John Ladenburg, the former Pierce County executive who spent all his political clout on a dream that ultimately came true; and particularly Jones and his team of architects and shapers who looked to the roots of the ancient game to create a world-class links layout along the shores of Puget Sound.
Along with award-winning photography of the golf course, the book also includes never-before-seen historical photos of the property on which Chambers Bay was built, photos of the phases of the course’s construction, of the 2010 U.S. Amateur held at Chambers Bay, of the renovations performed in the wake of the Amateur, photos from the USGA archives and from the University of St. Andrews Library, and of the many people involved in the colorful backstory of the property.
Robert Trent Jones Jr., the chairman and master architect of RTJ II, has written the book’s foreword.
The book’s publishers have donated a portion of the book’s early proceeds to the “Robert Trent Jones Jr. Scholarship” that has been created at the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington; as well as to the PNGA’s Patrons of Golf program, which supports the future of the game.