Ellensburg’s Historic Golf Course

By Danny Cavanaugh

Ah, yes golf.. the world’s most difficult and frustrating sport in the world. However, I may be biased since I’m not very good at the game. Sure it can be challenging, but it’s fun to play.

I know many Central Washington University students who play the game, however they didn’t realize there was a course only a few miles away from campus in Ellensburg, Wash.

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The Ellensburg Golf Course is a fantastic nine-hole course located on the other side of I90 (opposite from CWU). It provides locals an affordable option to enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening of golf with friends and family.

Struggle with your game? No problem! EGC has a practice putting green and a driving range to help figure out your mechanics.

Personally I’ve been to multiple golf courses around the state and EGC is a wonderful place to visit. For the college student looking to do something fun while on a budget, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon drinking a beer.. or two with some friends.

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Owner of the Ellensburg Golf Course, Frank Crimp III

Although the golf course is only nine holes, you can still play a full 18. You might ask, “well Danny that’s no fun playing the same holes again.” Well, have you thought about your score on the back nine? The opportunity for a better score on the back nine is greater because of the previous practice on the front nine.

So, whether you’re visiting Ellensburg, a college student or a local trying to work on your golf game, EGC is a great place to get a round of golf in.

Next time you’re thinking about something to do on a nice day, head to the golf course with some friends, buy a couple beers and enjoy the worlds most frustrating game!

 

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The Era After Big Papi

By Danny Cavanaugh

The Boston Red Sox are currently 17-14 and had struggled with scoring runs ever since David Ortiz, A.K.A. “Big Papi,” retired. So far the Sox have struggled with hitting the long ball and lack that intimidation factor in the middle of their line-up.

Now, they’re over .500 and starting to swing the bats. However, what should their approach be moving forward without David?

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The key is to stay true to who they are as baseball players, (they meaning the current Red Sox players), and play clean, fundamentally sound baseball. They might have to hit- n’- run, steal more bags or even lay down a sac bunt in order to move guys around the bases. Of course they’ll hit the long ball from time-to-time, but they need to focus on maintaining base runners and getting guys into scoring position.

Sox fans don’t worry! The 4 B’s are the future of the organization with a strong pitching rotation. There have been some good signs within the past couple games with putting up eleven runs and seventeen runs.

As long as they buy into the team atmosphere, understand who they are as baseball players and understand their identity as a baseball team, they’ll be just fine.

Image result for mookie bettsso, what does the future look like for Red Sox nation? Is there another World Series chance for them soon?

The answer? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

However, I will say this; if the Red Sox can stay healthy, stay consistent in their lineup and develop a strong bond with one another, they’ll be in playoff contention.

With that said, what does the era after Big Papi look like? It looks like a opportunity for more Red Sox success.

 

They Won Fair and Square

By Danny Cavanaugh

Since the Patriots are yet again in the super bowl, why not bring up a sore subject for many New England fans… deflategate!

That’s right, I said it. The controversial deflating of footballs during the AFC championship between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts in 2015.

Talk about a PR nightmare! Hours upon hours of court proceedings, with one side winning, then the other side appealing. If I was a part of the PR staff for the patriots, or the NFL I would lose all of my hair.

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Talk about crisis PR in a nutshell. With the NFL (among others) investigating your franchise, as a PR professional you have to find a way to bring light to the situation and deflect the negativity away from your organization.

Easier said than done? I think so.

It’s easy for people in this situation to call the patriots “cheaters” because of their track record. If this was the patriots first trip to the super bowl, would people have blown this way out of proportion? That’s the million dollar question.

We all know that when you win, over and over again, people either love you or they hate you. Just look at the New York Yankees, you hardly ever hear “eh they’re alright, I don’t mind them.”

Thus, this is a great example of crisis PR. So, what would you do?

I would find out the truth behind the situation. I would research if the weather played in any part of decreasing the psi within the footballs. Also, you must protect your brand the best you can.

We would have to tell the truth, tell it all, tell it fast, and move on. After all, who wants to be in court two seasons later for something they thought was past them.

This just goes to show how important PR really is. It’s important to keep the integrity of your organization, as well as explain to the public was is going on behind closed doors.

A Baseball Player’s PR Journey

By Danny Cavanaugh

As all athletes know, injuries destroy careers. A torn labrum in my throwing shoulder cut my college baseball career short in the spring of 2014. I persevered through my injury and finished out the season, but I knew I had to hang up the cleats.

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Picture above is from my college days playing at SCC. Go Dolphins!

Fast forward to fall of 2014 and I’m sitting at home wondering what I’m doing with my life. My college baseball career is over, but I know I still want a college degree.

I’ve never been savvy with my math skills, and I’ve never been enthusiastic about science, so those fields were out of the picture.

What am I good at? Well, I can write respectably, and I work well with others. Instantly a light bulb comes on! I remembered looking through Central Washington Universities catalog page and coming across PR.

Thus, My life was set, I am currently attending CWU, and officially started in the winter of 2015, where I started my major in PR. I brought my personable skills with my competence in writing to earn a degree and start my career in PR.

So, why PR?

PR is a great setting for any person with aspirations in writing, group work, and working with clients. It provides us with a sense of pride and self worth when we’re able to help a client achieve their organizational goals.

Thus, I finally found my niche with discovering PR. My idols growing up always mentioned how if you do what you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

My baseball career may have ended, however I could still pursue my dream to work in sports with working in sports PR.

My journey into PR has just begun, and if you’re looking for an exciting, hands on career. PR may be the field for you.