AURORA, Ore. (April 19, 2014) -- The field is under way at the 70th OGA Tournament of Champions being held at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore. Two high school phenoms, Gigi Stoll of Beaverton, Ore., and Haliegh Krause of Eugene, Ore., finished the first round tied after carding a 2-under par 69. Krause, a Senior at Sheldon High School, was runner up to Amy Beth Simanton last year in this event. Stoll, a Junior at Beaverton High School who didnt play in this event last year, looks to keep her from the title again this year in the Women's field. The two high schoolers hold a three stroke lead over the rest of the field, which includes some pretty heavy favorites in Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., who sits at 1-over par, three strokes back and Brie Stone of Venera, Ore., the reigining Women's Mid-Amateur Champion, who sits seven strokes back after carding a 5-overpar 76.
In the men's field, reining Oregon Senior Amateur Champion Scott Hval of Portland, Ore. and two others, Sean Collopy of Portland and Mark Bowler of Beaverton, are all tied at 1-underpar. It was Bowler who had the low nine hole round of the tournament so far, finishing his last nine holes with five birdies and only one bogey. Unfortunately a three over par front nine hole score left him in a tie and plenty of others lurking right behind.
The weather could play a factor for tomorrows round as it is expected to rain about a quarter of an inch with wind gusts up to 20 mph. The golf course will hold up fine as Langdon Farms is known for being a course that drains quite well. It will be up to players to negotiate the course during potentially challenging conditions. It's anyone's tournament with play beginning at 7:30 am with the leaders in the men's division teeing off at 12:45.
The Tournament of Champions is a 36-hole gross stroke play competition and is one of the oldest contests amongst the regular clubs that are members of the Oregon Golf Association. The first Tournament of Champions was contested in 1939. A Women's Division was added in 1997. A regular club is a group of 10 or more golfers that have established club bylaws, elect officers and are based at a regulation-length public or private golf course. Entrants must be the 2011 or 2012 Men‘s or Women’s gross club champion and must be members in good standing of the club they represent. Also eligible are 2011 & 2012 Individual Gross titleholders of any Championship on any current OGA Performance Points list as well as 2011 Hudson Cup Team members, all past Women’s Oregon Amateur Champions, and the winners of the Oregon Junior Amateur and Oregon Junior Stroke Play. All champions must be amateurs and be 13 years of age or older.
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