Oregon (OGA) Tournament of Champions

AURORA, ORE. (April 30, 2006) -- Rebecca Kim of Tigard, Ore. (Langdon Farms) fired the low round of the day shooting an even par round of 38-33--71 to lead the field of champions at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore. by five strokes on the 5,592-yard layout.

The field for this 36-hole gross medal play competition is comprised of Men’s and Women’s Gross Club Champions at regular OGA member clubs as well as champions of OGA Championships from the 2004 and 2005 golf seasons.

Kim's incredible round could have been even better if were not for a double-bogey on par five holes on both the front and back nines that resulted from penalties for unplayable lies. By the 11th hole, it looked like Kim might succumb to pressure from defending champion Karla Kalian of Brush Prairie, Wash. (Tri-Mountain GC). Her second double-bogey at that point had her even with Kalian. But then Kim kicked her game into high gear recording five birdies out of the remaining seven holes.

Kalian, on the other hand, went even par to finish her round and ended in a tie for third place with Portland State Golf Coach Felicia Johnston found her game too little too late despite shooting 2-under par 34 on the back nine. Also in the hunt was 2004 Tournament of Champions winner Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore. (Waverley CC) who could pull no closer than 1-stroke off the pace, but her round was finished after a double-bogey on the par-3 13th hole ultimately finishing alone in second place.

In the Men's Division, Eric Fiskum of Salem, Ore. (Illahe Hills CC) was the only player able to score two sub-par rounds ultimately winning the battle by four strokes over first round co-leader Jim Pliska of Gresham, Ore. (Riverside G & CC).

Fiskum, last year's Oregon Amateur runner-up, has always been regarded as a fairly consistent player and was able to be bogey free from the 5th hole in the first round until the 17th hole today.

The only players attempting to make a charge were Ken Weeks of Eugene, Ore. (Shadow Hills CC) who was the only other player to shoot under par for the day, and former mini-tour player Carl Johnsen of Gresham, Ore. (Riverside G & CC) who made the turn at 2-under par but was not able to capitalize on his early start.

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Entrants must be the Men's or Women's Club Champion of an OGA regular member club or the individual gross champion of any Championship on the current OGA Men's or Women's performance points list. Club Champions must be members in good standing of the club they are representing. All champions must be OGA members to be eligible for the OGA Tournament of Champions.

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