Northwest Golf Media Association Announces Annual Awards

At the 13th annual awards banquet of the Northwest Golf Media Association, Arv Olson, longtime golf columnist for the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun newspaper, will be honored with the NWGMA Distinguished Service Award, the Association's highest honor. Also being recognized at the banquet will be John Harbottle III, who has been selected to receive the Association's Local Legend award. The recipient of the NWGMA Scholarship, Pete Treperinas, will also be honored at the event. The banquet will be held at the historic Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. on October 8.

For 38 years Olson was the voice of golf as a sports writer at the Vancouver Sun newspaper. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada), the PGA of BC and the B.C. Rugby Union (he also covered hockey and rugby at the Sun). He has served on the selection committees of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and the Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia. Arv is greatly admired by his fellow writers and is recognized for his dedication to the sport of golf and his passion for the game. He is a true golf historian and has written three books on the subject. His first book, "Backspin: 120 Years of Golf in British Columbia" (which he has recently updated) is considered the bible of B.C. golf-related history. "Golflore: Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes" was released in 2005, and his most recent book is titled, "Stan Leonard: Canada's forgotten golf legend."

In an earlier interview with Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre, Arv said he took over the golf beat at The Sun in 1957 because "nobody else wanted it." He wrote golf for 38 summers while working other beats during the winter, including a 10-year stint covering hockey's Vancouver Canucks.

Arv didn't play golf until he started covering it. Growing up in North Vancouver, he played rugby and football, but earned pocket money by caddying at Capilano G&CC in West Vancouver, BC.

"In a year with other excellent candidates, Arv is an extremely worthy choice for the award in a vote by our members," said NWGMA president, Tom Cade. "His name has become synonymous with the coverage of golf in the Pacific Northwest. He set the standard for golf journalism in the region."

Past recipients of the NWGMA Distinguished Service Award are Doug McArthur, Dale Johnson, Margaret Maves, Bruce King, Bob Robinson, Blaine Newnham, Bill Yeend, Jeff Shelley, Paul Ramsdell, Craig Smith, Paul Backman and John Bodenhamer. Visit for more information on past recipients.

Also to be honored at the banquet at Broadmoor Golf Club will be John Harbottle III as a "Local Legend." Harbottle is being given this award posthumously, having passed away suddenly on May 24, 2012 at the age of 53. A native of Tacoma, Wash., Harbottle was the eldest son of Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers John and Pat Harbottle, who will be at the banquet to accept the award. John was a golf course architect who trained under Pete Dye but went on to easily forge his own name in the design industry for his remarkable variety of high caliber layouts, such as the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash., BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, Ore., Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., as well as numerous renovations. He was on the board of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Tacoma Country and Golf Club, and The First Tee of South Puget Sound. Generous with his time, he was a guest speaker at a few NWGMA meetings, most recently on May 7, just weeks before his untimely death, when he spoke to the gathered media about his renovation of White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.

The recipient of the first NWGMA Scholarship will also be honored at the banquet. Pete Treperinas, a senior at the University of Washington, was selected among candidates throughout the Northwest and British Columbia. With a demonstrated ability and interest in sports journalism and media, Treperinas has already amassed an impressive body of work while at the university and while serving internships in the media industry. Visit for more information.

The Northwest Golf Media Association consists of over 125 golf media and industry professionals. It is a 501c7 non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 to assist the coverage of golf among colleagues in the region. For more information or to view past recipients of the NWGMA Distinguished Service Award, visit