• Bend pro earns Northwest PGA award: Erik Nielsen, the head golf professional at Bend Golf and Country Club, was named the PGA of America’s Horton Smith Award winner for the Pacific Northwest Section last week at the PNWPGA meeting in Puyallup, Wash.
The award is presented for “outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education," according to the PGA of America. Nielsen, who was named the Oregon Chapter’s winner earlier this month, was selected out of a group of 1,100 golf professionals in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, northern Idaho and western Montana.
Nielsen is now nominated for the PGA’s national Horton Smith award, which will be decided in 2013.
• Sisters course offers two ways to golf for free: Aspen Lakes Golf Course is offering three free days of golf around Veterans Day to current and former members of the U.S. military, as well as discounted greens fees to the general public as part of the course’s annual canned-food drive.
From Nov. 10 through Nov. 12, active duty, reserve, and retired members of the military can play a free round of golf at the Sisters course. Participating golfers are asked to wear their uniform hat.
On Friday, Nov. 9, golfers who donate four nonperishable food items or make a minimum $5 donation will have Aspen Lakes $45 regular green fee waived. After Friday, golfers who make the same donation will receive a $15 discount off the course’s regular green fee. The donations will benefit the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank.
For more information or to make a tee time, call the Aspen Lakes pro shop at 541-549-4653 or visit www.aspenlakes.com.
— Bulletin staff report