CRESWELL, Ore. (August 23, 2014) – Former Oregon Duck golfer Jack Dukeminier (Portland, Ore.) got off to a strong start in the first round of the 26th Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship, firing a three-under par 68 to take the lead into tomorrow’s final round.
Dukeminier started off slowly with a one-over-par 36 on the front nine, but got hot with a bogey-free 32 on the back with back-to-back-back birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes. A birdie on the par-5 18th hole brought him into the clubhouse with the early lead.
“I knew we were playing not all the way back so there were going to be some birdies out there if you can hit it in the right spots – I really, really hit it well today” Dukeminier said, who regained his amateur status after the end of last season.
“I like to play for fun now and I’m loving it again.”
Last year’s Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Master 40 Division Champion Charlie Rice (Bend, Ore.) sits just two strokes back after a first round three-under par 70. Mark Bowler (Portland, Ore.) and Shane Johnston (West Linn, Ore.) are three back after opening rounds of even-par 71.
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