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Oregon championships don't disappoint

New winners take over in two finals in amateur event
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Bryce Wortman and Amanda Jacobs dominated a series of holes in their title matches to claim the men's and women's titles at the 111th Oregon Amateur Championships Saturday at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club.

It was the first title in the event for each player, while Lara Tennant won the senior women's title for the fourth straight year.

Wortman, from Creswell, won five consecutive holes during the second round of the 36-hole final to beat Ben Wanichek 8-and-7, ending a dominating performance for the match-play portion of the tournament. In his seven head-to-head matches, he played the 18th hole just once - during the final.

"My putting was really good this week," Wortman, who plays for San Jose State, said. "That was a huge difference in all my matches."

Wortman, who grew up in Central Point and won three state titles for Mazama High, was one of the 50 players invited to the tournament.

Wanichek, from Eugene, was one of 58 players who played their way into the championships, reaching the final inspite of being seeded 55th for the 64-player match-play portion of the six-day tournament.

Both Wortman and Wanichek played nine rounds during the event, including 36 holes Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Event organizers said 375 players registered for the tournament - believed to be a record for the event that normally attracts around 275 players. 

Jacobs, of Portland, won four of five holes in the first 18 and never trailed on the way to a 5-and-3 win over defending champion Ellie Slama of Salem. Jacobs, who has won the Pacific Northwest Amatuer title twice in the past three years, lost to Slama in the final two years ago, but avenged that result on the course she grew up playing on.

"This is my home course, so I think that had a big part in winning," Jacobs said. "It feels really good to win here."

The women's match-play bracket began with 32 players.

Tennant, of Portland, dominated the middle portion of the 18-hole final, to beat top-seed Ginny Burkey 4-and-3 in their final.

The Oregon Golf Association schedule continues with stroke-play championships and neighboring Riverside Country Club Sunday and Monday.

Protocals for the event included players having only one spectator allowed to view their matches until the final, which had a dozen spectators for both men's and women's finals. Participants and attendees at the event were not tested for COVID-19, and only required to wear masks while in the clubhouse.

 

 

 

Final pairings set at Oregon Amateur championships

Underdogs ready on men's side, while favorites are women's finalists
Staff Report

PORTLAND - Being seeded 55 out of 64 players has hardly been a handicap for Eugene's Ben Wanichek as he dominated two more matches on the way to the finals of the 111th Oregon Amatuer Championships at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club.

Wanichek won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches 3-and-2 Friday to earn a spot in the final against Ben Wortman of Creswell. Wortman, seeded 13th, won both of this matches handily as well on Friday.

Two-time defending champion Ellie Slama is vying for yet another crown. The Salem, Ore., native will battle with Portland’s Amanda Jacobs in the women’s final set for approximately 8 am. They will play a 36-hole match play final.

Slama is looking to become the first woman to win three consecutive titles since Amanda Nealy, who posted four consecutive wins from 1987 through 1990.

Slama opened the day with a 2&1 win over Alexa Udom, before matching up with top-seed Lexi Perry in the women’s semis. Late in the match Perry took holes No. 14 and 15 to go 1 up in the match, but Slama countered with a birdie on No. 16 to level the contest which she eventually ended in 19 holes.

Jacobs pulled an upset according to the seeding in her quarterfinal match, a 4&2 win over No. 2 seed Victoria Gailey. Jacobs then went on to win 1 up over Bend’s Montgomery Ferreira in the last semifinal, which came after the third-ranked Ferreira played 30 holes to decide her quarterfinal over No. 6 Mary Scott Wolfe

The top two seeds will battle in the 37th Senior Women’s match play bracket – No. 1 Ginny Burkey versus No. 2 Lara Tennant. 

Burkey, from Eugene, registered a pair of wins Friday, 3&2 over Wendy Sheasgreen and 1 up over Katy Wright. Tennant, the event’s three-time defending champion from Portland, made quick work of Mary Jacobs (7&6) and Tandi Thomas (5&4) en route to her fourth title match in as many years.


 

 

 

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