Powell Butte, Ore. (September 12, 2013) – Two-Time Defending Champion Scott Hval of Portland, Ore. narrowly advanced to the 30th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship Flight Final Match.
“Coming into this week my biggest concern was making Hudson Cup, I haven’t had a good year - I haven’t played well like I have the last couple of years,” Hval said after his semifinal win. “It’d be nice to win it three times in a row, I just feel so lucky to be here.”
Kevin Klabunde of Medford, Ore. advanced by defeating Medalist Tim O’Neal of Vancouver, Ore. with a birdie on the 18th hole.
“I played in the mid-am here five, six years ago and really played pretty poorly,” Klabunde said after his round. “I just felt a lot more confident, hitting the ball good, my tempo is good hitting the ball solidly and making some putts and that’s the difference.”
Klabunde’s putt on the final hole from just off the front of the green sealed the win to advance.
“I knew it was going to be fast once it got on the green,” Klabunde said. “I just put a good stroke on it and it at last gast, I think I scared it and it just fell in the front lip.”
Hval advanced to the semifinal match by defeating Don Orrell of Bend, Ore. 5 and 4 in the morning quarterfinal matches.
Hval will attempt to win his third straight Oregon Senior Amateur Championship with previous wins at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore. in 2012 and Astoria Country Club in Astoria, Ore. in 2011.Klabunde advanced to the semifinal match by defeating Greg Guernsey of Vancouver, Wash. 3 and 1 in the morning quarterfinal matches.
Hval and Klabunde will face off tomorrow in the final match of the 30th Oregon Senior Amateur.
In the Flight 1 semi-final match, Barry Grieg of Redmond, Ore. defeated Rick Dimick of West Linn, Ore. 2 up. Grieg will face Mike Klenz of Tualatin, Ore. who defeated Patrick Andrade of Bend, Ore. 2 and 1. The Fight 1 Championship match tees off at 8:15 tomorrow.
In the Flight 2 semi-final match, Jim Ferguson of Portland, Ore. defeated Brian Work of Eugene, Ore 2 up. Ferguson will face Tim Swope of Redmond, Ore. who defeated Terry Martin of Wilsonville, Ore. 2 and 1. The Flight 2 Championship match tees off at 8:00 tomorrow.
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