Ellie Slama: For OSU star, golf has been a family passion

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

In a year that saw her play Augusta National, she seeks to defend her title in the Oregon Amateur A year ago, when Salem veterinarian Doug Slama caddied for his daughter, Ellie, in her first-ever Oregon Women’s Amateur championship tournament at Bend Country Club, he got some advice from her older brother, Tim. Because Tim […]

Mike Keiser: A haven for USGA events at Bandon Dunes

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

He built it, against all odds, and major amateur tournaments followed Mike Keiser, the founder and owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, has deep respect for the U.S. Amateur championship, which he will host next year. He considers it “another major.” He understands that the USGA traditionally awards the U.S. Amateur to sites that it […]

Father, son & Scotland: A postcard from Brora Golf Club

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

On the first day, we play on the shore of the North Sea. It is a windy afternoon on the North Sea in northeastern Scotland. It has taken us 24 hours to get here, four flights from Washington, D.C., and ninety minutes of left-side driving. This was the beginning of the trip to celebrate my […]