Cougar wrestling club planning Aug. 7 fundraiser at city golf course

Fundraising event will support the wrestling program at Washington State University

Crimson and gray will dominate the fairways Aug. 7 when Enumclaw Golf Course plays host to the WSU Cougar Wrestling Golf Invitational.

The fundraising event will support the wrestling program at Washington State University, which is in the midst of some exciting growth. The program has operated at the club level since its spring 2012 inception, but is now getting a boost to full varsity level.

Part of the Cougar wrestling history includes Enumclaw High School graduate Hunter Haney, who was an All-American in 2017. The current roster includes Tyson Russell, an incoming freshman and, as of last week, an Enumclaw High grad.

The development of wrestling on the Pullman campus is gradual, but fans are keeping an eye on plans by the Pacific 12 Conference to expand wrestling beyond the six institutions that now offer wrestling. At the same time, WSU is launching a women’s program.

The Enumclaw fundraiser will see golfers teeing off beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The tourney carries a $100 entry fee and the first 90 people who prepay will be provided golf carts. At the end of the day prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers.

Payment can be mailed to WSU wrestling coach Phil Burnett (25277 S.E. 356th St., Auburn, WA 98092) or sent via Venmo (@Coach-Phil-Burnett).

In addition to signing up golfers, Burnett is recruiting individuals or business interested in sponsoring a hole. The cost is $1,000 and sponsors will be included on a promotional flier and a Cougar wrestling sign. The coach is also interested in hearing from anyone wishing to donate prizes, auction items or prize money.

Questions can be directed to Burnett at 206-255-0795; he can be reached via email at More about the WSU wrestling program can be found on the program website (, on Facebook (@CougWrestling) and on Instagram (@wsu.wrestling).