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Champions Tour, LPGA top players visit Oregon this week

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Senior PGA players duel for major title
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

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.

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
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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.


 

 

 

Docherty, Stoll net amateur titles

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.

 

Funk wins The Tradition for second time

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Miyazato tames Safeway Classic field
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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.

 

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