Big names coming, spots still available

HERE'S SOME PERSPECTIVE on how prolific Washington State's greatest quarterbacks have been over the years. When three of them -- Ryan Leaf, Alex Brink and Jack Thompson -- finish their rounds at next week's annual King County Cougar Club golf tournament they will have collectively covered 19,600 yards at the gorgeous Golf Club at Newcastle. That's a lot of ground. But ....

But you'd have to add on another 6,600 yards to equal the passing yardage the trio racked up when they were breaking records in crimson.

Brink is the all-time WSU passing leader, with 10,913 yards. Thompson, who was the all-time NCAA leader when he graduated, is third at 7,818 and Leaf is fourth at 7,433. No. 2 on the list, at 8,830 yards, is Jason Gesser, who might be a late addition to the tourney's celebrity line up, organizers say.

So what's the point of this arcane piece of statistical analysis?

Just this: There is still time to secure your spot -- for golf and the ensuing dinner or just the dinner -- and talk it up with three of the greatest quarterbacks in Cougar football history. In addition, CouGreats Robbie Tobeck and Scott Hatteberg will be there, along with WSU head coaches Paul Wulff, Ken Bone and June Daugherty and athletic director Bill Moos.

The date is next Thursday, May 13. The day kicks off with a putting contest at 11 am, followed by lunch, a shot gun start at 12:45, then an auction and dinner. To register for golf and dinner or just dinner CLICK HERE or call Todd Thrasher at 206-448-1335.

The aim of the King County Golf Classic -– which is co-sponsored by -- is to raise money for athletic scholarships. Bottom line, though, it's a heck of a lot of fun and a special opportunity to get to know some of the great names in Cougar sports.

NOTABLE: Puget Sound-area Cougs will have another chance in the coming weeks to visit with Bill Moos and coaches Wulff and Bone. The Pierce County Cougar Club is throwing a tailgating extravaganza on June 3. Social hour and silent auction starts at 5 p.m. with dinner and program at 6:30. For more information, click to or call Todd Thrasher at the number listed above.

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