Everything you wanted to know, from Bernhard Langer’s travel tips to the “Parneviks” reality TV show.
SNOQUALMIE – Just like the circus, the Champions Tour moves on after a week at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
The next event, the Shaw Charity Classic, starts Friday outside Calgary, Alberta, at the Canyon Meadow Golf and Country Club. Jeff Maggert is the defending champion. Fred Couples won the tournament in 2014.
The Boeing Classic was won Sunday by Bernhard Langer in a playoff against Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland that ended when Langer sank a 3foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, the 18th.
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Jesper Parnevik is known for golf in the U.S., but in his native Sweden he is also famous now for being the father on a hit reality TV show called “Parneviks.”
In the show, celebrity guests ranging from hockey stars to politicians move in with the Parnevik family for two or three days and the cameras roll.
Parnevik admitted Sunday, “I’m not a big fan of reality TV,” but he obviously likes his show.
In other Panevik show-business news, his daughter, Peg, 20, is emerging as a pop star with her hit “Ain’t No Saint.” The song has more than 700,000 viewings on YouTube.
“It’s been a good year,” said Parnevik, noting that the show is a hit, that Peg performed a concert before thousands of fans Sunday and that he won a tournament on the Champions Tour this year.
In the Boeing Classic, Parnevik tied for 23rd with a three-round total of 4-under 212.
Show business is in the Parnevik family blood. Jesper’s father, Bo, was one of the premier comedians in Sweden.
• Stephen Ames lives in Vancouver, B.C., and said “it’s a short drive for us” to get to Seattle.
“You drive a Ferrari, don’t you?” a reporter asked.
“A Ford,” said Ames, then admitted with a smile that he drives a 2013 Ferrari.
Ames, who opened with a 66 Friday, finished tied for sixth at 10-under 206.
Ames said he is well-acquainted with Ray Stewart, the Canadian amateur who led the Boeing Classic after two rounds in 2007.
Ames, who grew up in Trinidad, played Sahalee Country Club for the first time Wednesday for practice and said, “I loved it.”
• David Frost owns a vineyard in South Africa and said he has an agreement to ship 14,000 cases of wine to Trader Joe’s stores this year. The wines at Trader Joe’s are under the David Frost label, and are a red blend and a sauvignon blanc.
The wines sell for under $9 a bottle.
Frost’s family has been in the vineyard business for 60 years.
After opening with a 67, Frost finished tied for 11th with a three-round total of 8-under 208.
• Fred Funk, who has gone hiking before when here for the Boeing Classic, said concerns about his back prevented him from hiking this year.
“I wanted to do Mount Si,” he said.
• A son of Kirk Triplett, the only golfer in the Boeing Classic with Washington roots, is also talented.
Triplett is a Pullman High School graduate who was first-round co-leader of the Boeing Classic and wound up in fifth place at 11-under 205.
Triplett’s son, Sam, is a sophomore on the Northwestern University golf team. Sam lost in the semifinals of the Arizona Amateur last Friday on the same day his father, a Pullman High School grad, shot 7-under 65 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
One of Sam’s Northwestern teammates is Andrew Whalen, a sophomore from Ephrata High School. Whalen and teammate Dylan Wu had the best score on the first day of the stroke play at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship. They finished tied for fifth in stroke play and lost in the round-of-16. Whalen was second in the Northwest Open this month. Whalen’s brother, Aaron, is a sophomore on the Washington State golf team.
• Langer has spent hundreds of nights on the road during his career. One travel tip:
“I ask for a quiet room away from highways or away from elevators or soda machines or ice machines. The last thing I need is to be woken up six times a night because of exterior noise.”
• Billy Mayfair says football is always a big topic on pro driving ranges.
“We all know where everybody went to school and we give each other a hard time,” said Mayfair, speaking as a newcomer on the Champions Tour and a veteran on the PGA Tour.
Mayfair tied for 21st with a three-round total of 5-under 211.
• Stan Utley, who shot 6-over 222 for the tournament and finished 72nd, is considered one of the best chipping and putting instructors in golf. He has books and videos on the short game. He holds the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in nine holes, with six at the 2002 Air Canada Championship.
• New this year on the Champions Tour is the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs, a three-tournament season-ending competition similar to the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour.