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Pac-12 men's golf coach of the year has La Conner ties

A new Skagit County Historical Museum exhibit highlights the area’s hometown sports heroes.

Matt Thurmond, the reigning Pac-12 Men’s Golf Coach of the Year, fills a unique category in that regard.

He’s a Hometown Hero 2.0.

A graduate of Burlington-Edison High School, Thurmond is also claimed by La Conner, and rightfully so.

His parents, Joe and Kathy Thurmond, are La Conner High alums, as are other of his family members. His sister and brother-in-law, Kate and Dr. Brandon Atkinson, recently opened La Conner Dental on Maple Avenue.

Formerly head coach at the University of Washington, where his...


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