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.
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 54-year-old Funk won the Jeld-Wen Tradtion – the fourth of the five Champions Tour five – for the second time in three years, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu.
"I really like this golf course, and I really like this area. Obviously, it's been good to me," said Funk, 47 under in four Tradition tournaments at Crosswater.
Funk, also the 2009 U.S. Senior Open winner, has six Champions Tour victories. He won eight times on the PGA Tour.
The former Maryland coach took the lead for good with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 598-yard, par-5 16th, then two-putted from 40 feet for par at 18 to finish at 12-under 276 on the Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Golf Club course.
Allen shot a 67, and Lu had a 69.
Eight players were tied or had the outright lead at some point on the back nine. When the final group had five holes left, 12 players were within two strokes.
Funk, who won the third Champions major of his career, began the round two strokes behind third-round leader Tom Lehman. Funk was in contention throughout the day, at one point making seven consecutive pars before his birdie at 16.
Funk's 276 total is the highest winning score in the Tradition since 2002, when Jim Thorpe won at Desert Mountain at 11-under 277.
Jeld-Wen is ending its relationship as title sponsor after four years, and the Champions Tour is expected to announce its plans for the tournament this week.
MIYAZATO DEFENDS SAFEWAY TITLE
Ai Miyazato shot an even-par 72 to earn a 2-shot victory in the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course Sunday, a win that moved her to the top of the LPGA Tour rankings.