Oregon Public Links: Arey, Riede crowned champs
Corvallis, Ore. (July 13, 2014) – Hogan Arey (Corvallis, Ore.) and Kayla Riede (Olivehurst, Calif.) were crowned champions of the 17th Oregon Public Links Championship on Sunday at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.

A myriad of thunder storms caused a three hour delay during the final round of the Oregon Public Links Championship. Play began relatively easy at 7:30 AM but a brief thunder storm caused a half-hour delay at 8 AM. After getting players back on the course, another more fierce succession of thunder storms stopped play for around two and a half hours.

While the last group of women were able to tee off before play was suspended, the Men’s Championship Division was never able to play on Sunday. Because there was no way to get the Men’s Championship Division back with enough time to finish their rounds, their final round was canceled and it was reverted to an 18-hole championship. Hogan Arey’s first round score of 66 (-6) was good enough to give him a one stroke victory.

The Women’s Division was able to get back on the golf course and play was resumed a little after 1:30 PM. Riede never missed a beat when play was resumed. She made birdie on the par-4 second hole and was good enough to outlast a few charges from other fellow competitors to easily win by four strokes over the rest of the field. Riede’s dominating performance was met with high winds as she played her final round at 1-under par 35-36-71. Sunday capped off a 36-hole total of 5-under par 68-71 – 139 for Riede, who is in Oregon for a month visiting family before she heads to the University of Texas at El Paso for graduate school. Kate Harper (Portland, Ore.) finished second to Riede and was the only other person to finish under par with a two day total of 69-74 – 143.

In the Men’s Open Division, which was also able to play 36 holes, John Bartholomew (Wilsonville, Ore.) won with a total score of 6-over par 74-76 – 150, one stroke over the rest of the field.

ABOUT THE Oregon Public Links

Entries are open to amateur golfers who, since the start of the calendar year, have been bona fide public course players and have not held a membership at any course which does not extend playing privileges to the general public or membership with any private club maintaining its own course. Entries in the Men’s Division is limited to golfers with USGA Handicap Indexes of 36.4 and less. Entries in the Women’s Division is limited to golfers who are female with USGA Handicap Indexes of 40.4 and less.

36-hole stroke play competition. Gross and Net prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each flight. Players have their choice of entering either the “Championship” or “Open” flights.

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