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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 Play Championship.

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, Oregon Junior Golf, Collegiate and High School tournaments.

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