Oregon State Amateur set to tee off Monday
Woodburn, Ore. (June 13, 2014) – The Oregon
Golf Association Golf Course will host the 105th
Oregon Amateur Championship beginning
Monday, June 16th with stroke play qualifying
and finishing with the Championship matches
on Saturday, June 21st.
The Men’s title will be up for grabs as defending
champion Nick Chianello (Gresham, Ore.) has
given up his amateur status to pursue a career
in professional golf.
Defending Oregon Women’s Amateur
Champion Kendall Prince (Lake Oswego, Ore.),
who next year will be a junior at the University
of Arizona, will be hoping to make it back-to-
back titles as she is joined by a strong women’s
field for this year’s event.
“The Oregon Amateur Championship
is continually one of the top amateur events on
the west coast,” said Brent Whittaker, Director
of Tournament Operations. “That tradition will
continue this year, with an impressive field and
the OGA Golf Course in pristine condition.”
Plenty of notables highlight the field,
including Thomas Lim (Moorpark, Calif.), runner
up in last year’s Oregon Amateur Championship.
Lim recently finished his freshman season at the
University of Oregon, where he was named to
the Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team and earned All-
Pac-12 honorable mention accolades.
Past Oregon Amateur champions Jack
Dukeminier (2011) and Scott Hval (1997) will
be trying to earn their second titles. Dukeminier
(Eugene, Ore.) played collegiate golf at the
University of Oregon. Hval (Portland, Ore.)
recently won the 2014 OGA Tournament of
Champions this past April. Hval has also won
three consecutive Oregon Senior Amateur
Championships. Oregon universities are also
well represented on the men’s side. Oregon
State’s Kevin Murphy (Rogue River, Ore.) was
the medalist at U.S. Open local qualifying at
Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash. in
early May, where he fired a 6-under 66. Along
with Lim, the University of Oregon has golf team
members Zach Foushee (West Linn, Ore.) and
Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) participating.
Foushee won last year’s Oregon Men’s Stroke
Another notable name to watch is
Matt Hartley (Vancouver, Wash.) Hartley won
the 2013 Pacific Northwest Golf Association
(PNGA) Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
The 105th Oregon Women’s Amateur
Championship field is headlined by Kendall
Prince, last year’s champion. Monica Vaughn
(Reedsport, Ore.) won the 2010 Oregon
Women’s Amateur Championship and currently
plays collegiately at Arizona State University. A
number of former OGA championship winners
will be competing in this year’s event.
Gigi Stoll (Beaverton, Ore.) recently
won the 2014 OGA Women’s Tournament of
Champions, and also won the 2013 Oregon
Junior Girls Stroke Play Championship. Stoll
qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2012.
Ashlee Pickerell (Salem, Ore.) plays golf at
Oregon State and won the 2013 Oregon Public
Links Championship. Portland State’s Aram Choi
(Surrey, B.C.) is the defending champion of the
Oregon Women’s Stroke Play Championship,
winning the title last summer.
The University of Oregon Women’s
Golf Team will have a presence at next week’s
championship, with three players participating:
Caroline Inglis (Eugene, Ore.), Calli Hipp
(Caldwell, Idaho) and Brenna Murphy (Corvallis,
Ore.). Additionally, Aaren Ziegler (Canby, Ore.),
who plays collegiately at the University of
Wisconsin, will be among this year’s
contestants. Three qualifiers were held this year
at Quail Valley Golf Club, Stone Creek Golf Club
and Widgi Creek Golf Club.
The OGA Golf Course will play to 6,531 yards
with a slope and rating of 72.0/141 for the men
and 5,938 yards with a slope and rating of
75.3/141 for the women. The OGA Golf Course
last hosted the Oregon Amateur Championship
in 2003 and each year hosts numerous OGA,
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