Doug Banks wins playoff, will be top-seed at Oregon Senior Amateur
MOLALLA, Ore. (Sept. 22, 2014) — Doug Banks (Tualatin, Ore.) earned medalist honors in the Men’s Division, while defending champion Leilani Norman (Eugene, Ore.) won stroke play qualifying in the Women’s Division at the 31st Oregon Senior Amateur Championship, held at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore.

Monday’s round included 18 holes of stroke play qualifying. Match play begins tomorrow and extends until Thursday for the Women’s Division, and Friday for the Men’s Division.

Banks defeated Randy Mahar (Portland, Ore.) in a one-hole playoff to earn the top spot in the Championship Flight in the Men’s Division. Both players fired rounds of 3-under par 68. In the playoff, which was held on the 487 yard par-5 first hole, both players hit their drives in the fairway. Mahar pushed his second shot into the sand trap short and right of the green, while Banks fired his shot just over the green and a short chip away from the hole. Mahar missed a five foot putt for par, while Banks made his three footer for birdie to win the playoff.

Defending champion Scott Hval (Portland, Ore.) will receive the second seed in the Championship Flight. Alex Foster (Beaverton, Ore.) fired a 1-under par 70, and was only one of three players to fire an under-par score on Monday. Mike Gustafson (Eugene, Ore.), Jon Carey (Monmouth, Ore.) and Tom Prevost (McMinnville, Ore.) all shot 71 (E) during stroke play qualifying.

In the Women’s Division, Norman fired the low round with a 2-over par 73. After an even par 35 on the front nine, Norman bogeyed three of the first five holes on the back nine before making birdie on the 17th hole, ending with a 2-over par 38 on the second nine. Loree McKay (Hillsboro, Ore.) earned the second seed in the championship, firing a 4-over par 75. Charisse Spada (Portland, Ore.) finished qualifying with a 76 (+5), while Anita Wicks (Roseburg, Ore.) shot 78 (+7) and Darci Trimmer (Vancouver, Wash.) fired an 83 (+12).

ABOUT THE Oregon Senior Amateur

Entries are open to male and female amateur golfers 50 years of age or older with USGA Handicap Indexes of 18.1 or less and who are members in good standing of an OGA member club. The field will be limited to the lowest 96 qualified men. The defending champion and 31 finishers from the 18-hole stroke play qualifier will advance to the single elimination Championship flight match play portion of the competition, with the remaining entrants placed in single elimination match play flights according to score. There will be NO age bracket flights.

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