The week after the drama of the PGA Championships, the golf world will focus on Oregon as both the PGA Champions Tour and LPGA Tour descend on the state.
Many of the world's biggest names from the Champions Tour will be at Crosswater Club at Sunriver for The Jeld-Wen Tradition, while the top women's players are at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains for the Safeway Classic
The Jeld-Wen Tradition, one of the Champions Tour majors, will play out on NBC Saturday and Sunday.
The Safeway Classic is a 54-hole tournament.
Among the players scheduled to compete in The Jeld-Wen Tradition are Tom Watson, Corey Pavin, Nick Price and Bernhard Langer, who has won two-straight majors and is leading the Champions Tour points standings. Langer won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open this year.
Defending champion Mike Reid is among the top candidates as tournament favorites.
The Safeway Classic is headed by Cristie Kerr, who won the LPGA Championship, and Yani Tseng, who won both the Kraft Nabisco Championships and Women's British Open.
Portland Badminton Club looks at a second facility
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
In less than two years, competitive badminton has taken hold in the Portland metro area that the lone professional club is looking to expand.
Ralph Cervantes, who opened the Portland Badminton Club in 2009, recently said he’s looking at opportunities for a second club.
“We’ve had great response at our club at all levels,” Cervantes said. “We’re actually starting to outgrow our current facility and that makes it somewhat necessary to look for a second site.
“Badminton is a growth sport in Portland.”
The Portland Badminton Club is located in Hillsboro, close to the Intel campus, where most of the players work. But, enough players, especially those in younger competitive age-groups, have become members, that Cervantes has begun to investigate a second club.
Badminton, which is an Olympic sport, has organized clubs at several in-state colleges and universities. The PBC has sponsored several tournaments that have attracted regional competitors.
Annual Oregon Sports Hall of Fame set to induct six individuals, one team
Nov. 10, 2015 / Oregonsports.com
Coaching great Mike Bellotti and basketball star Damon Stoudamire are among the Class of 2015 set to be inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in November. The annual ceremony is set to take place at the Multnomah Athletic Club, Nov. 19.
The Class includes long-time boys basketball coach Mike Doherty, UO running great Leann Warren, official Jack Folliard, football pioneer Elmer Kolberg and the 2000 Oregon State football team.
Bellotti succeeded Rich Brooks as coach of the Oregon football program and guided the Ducks to a record 116 wins against 55 losses. He is credited with building the program in to a national title contender, and the team followed with two appearances in the national title game following his move to become athletic director in 2009.
Stoudamire followed a stellar career at Portland's Wilson High School with a standout career at the University of Arizona and a 13-year career in the NBA that included six seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers
Mike Doherty is among the state's winningest boys basketball coach over five decades, and led McNary of Salem to the state title in 1968, Corvallis to a pair of titles (1980, '84) and Oregon City to the final in 2008.
Elmer Kolberg – An all-conference basketball and football player at Oregon State, Kolberg played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and one for the Pittsburgh Steelers before entering the service in 1942. At OSU, he played three seasons for both basketball and football teams, and was named to the East-West Shrine Game in 1938. He was reputed to have set a conference record for personal fouls in a season while on the OSU basketball team.
Folliard is among the nation's most accomplished officials, and has regularly appeared on television as the head official of major games in the Pac-12 Conference. He is the head of the Oregon Athletic Officials Association.
Leann Warren was one of the University of Oregon's first female running stars, competing at the top national and international level in the early 1980s in both cross country and track and field in middle distances. She still holds the school record in the 1,500 meters and mile.
The 2000 Oregon State football team won a school-record 11 games and beat Notre Dame 41-9 in the Fiesta Bowl to finish the season ranked No. 4 in the nation - having started the season unranked. The team's lone loss was to Washington, 33-30, which helped the Huskies finish No. 3 in the nation.
College golfers dominate 106th Oregon Amateur Golf Championships
June 27, 2015
ALOHA - Alistair Docherty of Vancouver, Wash. and Beaverton’s Gigi Stoll captured titles in the 106th annual Oregon Amateur Golf Championships Saturday at The Reserve Vineyard & Golf.
Docherty beat Dylan Wu of Medford 2 & 1 for the men’s title.
Stoll beat Madison Odiorne of Bend 8 & 6 to defend her title.
In the men’s final, Docherty, a Chico State junior, jumped out to an early lead with birdies on two of the first four holes before bogeys on the next two holes allowed his opponent, a sophomore at Northwestern University, to get the match back to all square.
Wu began to take control of the match with a stretch of five birdies in six holes during the first 18 holes of the match before Docherty made two birdies on 16 & 17. Wu took the 18th hole to finish 4 Up at the conclusion of the first 18 holes of the match.
As they teed off in the afternoon on the 1st hole after a short break, Docherty again started hot with an eagle on the 515-yard par five 19th hole and won the 20th hole as well. It took Docherty until the 30th hole to get the match back to all square, before taking two of the next three holes on his way to a 2 & 1 victory and the title
In the Women’s final, Stoll began her journey toward the title with birdies on the first & fifth holes to take a 2 Up lead before Odiorne, a four-time OSAA state champion, scored a birdie on the par-five sixth hole. Stoll’s steady, consistent play saw her to continue to add to her lead with a birdie on 14 where the match stayed until they finished the first 18 holes.
Odiorne then birdied the par-five 19th hole for the last hole she’d win for the day. Stoll’s consistency lead her to win holes 20 and 21 with pars before birdieing holes 24, 27 and 30 on the way to her 8 & 6 win.
Both players are set to begin their collegiate careers in the Fall where Stoll will attend the University of Arizona and Odiorne will attend Washington State.
The year-end episode of Sportsland delves into the hardcore topics
Dec. 29, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
So, what happened to the Rose Bowl?
Sure, it's where the Oregon football team will be playing in the College Football Playoffs Thursday, but the game itself - the Rose Bowl, got pretty much dropped to a playoff game being played at the Rose Bowl. That's a topic the Sportsland crew takes on in the year-end episode, recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.
It's just a semifinal, and might not ever be the same game - although the playoff committee might have been able to keep the game relevant with a simple switch of match-ups. What if Oregon were playing Ohio State instead of Florida State?
Then, it's onto the NBA and the amazing Blazers' season, led by Damian Lillard. He'll never get voted to the All-Star team, because Portland is so far from the national limelight, but if he continues to play at his current pace, might he be a top contender for MVP?
The cast talks up his competitors as well as which team looks most dangerous in terms of playoff potential.
And, a few picks for the NFL playoffs, all of which wraps of the year.
While traditional transportation companies battle to preserve their market, the future of door-to-door cab service simply won't be the same regardless of how much taxi companies revolt.
The reality of getting a cab simply by opening an app on a phone and requesting a ride is too hard to deny as the way of the future.
Both Uber and Lyft have landed in Portland in 2015, and are working with the City Council to remain in the metro area.
While Uber, the more established company - having started in San Francisco in 2009, reached Portland first, opening its service in April, Lyft is working to expand its marketshare, primarily promoting a $20 free ride for first-time riders, who install the Lyft App and use the promo code MRLYKF as payment for the first ride.
Schneider saves PFL title win with key fourth quarter plays
July 26, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
OREGON CITY - Usually, it's the arm of Russell Schneider that powers the Portland Raiders to victory. Saturday, he used his legs.
Salid defense, opportunistic offense, and a key late-game run by Schneider helped the Raiders beat the South King County Colts 30-27 in the Pacific Football League championship game at Pioneer Stadium.
Schneider threw two touchdown passes in the first half, and saved the game-winning drive with a 34-yard run on third and 8 with under a minute left. The run put the Raiders at the South King 4-yard line and set up kicker Matt Evensen for a 17-yard field goal that broke a 27-all tie with 14.7 seconds remaining.
Schneider scrambled for 17 yards on the previous play to set up the key run.
"They were playing back in pass coverage, and I just found an open space," Schneider said afterward. "I made one guy miss and then I just ran as far as I could."
The title was the first for the Raiders, but second for Schneider, who guided the Portland Monarchs to the league title in 2012.
South King made the game dramatic with a second-half rally from a 24-7 halftime deficit. The Colts tied the game at 24-all, then had a chance to take their first lead with a first down at the Raiders' 11 with under four minutes left, but tossed three incomplete passes and settle for a game-tying field goal.
Portland, South King County will both play for their first title Saturday
July 21, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
The Pacific Football League will crown a new champion when the South King County Colts meet the Portland Raiders Saturday at Oregon City's Pioneer Stadium, although one of the teams features a roster of players from the 2012 champions.
The Raiders will head into the game with quarterback Russell Schnieder at the helm and coach Aaron Fentress on the sideline - both key figures in the Portland Monarchs' title run two seasons ago. They've guided the Raiders to the Souther Division title and a pair of playoff wins, including Saturday's 41-20 victory over the Monarchs. Schneider threw five touchdown passes as the Raiders built a 41-6 lead through three quarters.
South King County reached its first title game with a 22-16 win over the Seattle Stallions Saturday. Teams from the Northern Division have won two of the three previous league title games.
Saturday's game will be webcast live through Ustream and oregonsports.com, with coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. Oregonsports.com has covered the championship game the previous three seasons.
Members of the broadcast crew have yet to be named.
Fentress and Schneider were key figures in the Oregon Football League championship game of 2010, when the Monarchs defeated the Umpqua Valley Knights. In 2011, though, the Monarchs fell to the Southern Oregon Renegades in the playoffs. The Kitsap County Bears beat the Renegades in the inaugural title game.
The Monarchs claimed the title with a victory over the Bellingham Bulldogs, who won the title last year when the Monarchs were upset by the South Lane County Buzzards in the Southern Division final. Fentress and Schneider moved to the Raiders prior to this season.
The Raiders finished the regular season at 7-1, and beat the Yakima Mavericks and Monarchs in th playoffs. Their lone loss of the season was at South Lane County, 10-7.
The Colts went 6-2 during the regular season in the highly competitive Northern Division, then beat the Renegades and Stallions for their spot in the title game.