ALOHA, Ore. — The 106th Oregon Amateur Championship got off to a fast, excitement filled start Monday at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club – North Course in Aloha, Ore. with low scores, great conditions & lots of work and decisions by OGA rules officials.
For the men, Jesse Heinly (Bend, Ore.) along with Dylan Wu (Medford, Ore.) set the pace for the field with matching rounds of 5-under par, 66. Arthur Kim (Tigard, Ore.) sits just a stroke off the lead with five players two strokes back. Stroke-play qualifying continues tomorrow at 7:30 where the top 64 players will advance to single-elimination match play competition.
Twenty-six players in the men’s competition finished the day at even-par or better, including defending champion Thomas Lim (Moorpark, Calif.) with a first-round score of one-under par 70 among many others.
Ty Chambers (Brush Prairie, Wash.) added a little excitement to the day with his ace on the 165-yard par three 3rd.
In the women’s competition, defending champion Gigi Stoll (Beaverton, Ore.) lead the field by firing a three-under par 69, three strokes ahead of 4-time Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion Brie Stone of Veneta and Bend’s Madison Odiorne, who recently became the first four-time OSAA state golf champion. Hannah Swanson (Forest Grove, Ore.) and Rosie Cook (Bend, Ore.) sit tied for 4th with rounds of two-over par.
Adding some rules challenges to today’s play were a number of unique situations at The Reserve that players don’t often see regularly at other courses, including the prevalence of ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Areas) and the uniqueness of double greens (holes 8 and 17, along with its near proximity to the 1st green). ESA areas can eliminate a player’s option to enter a defined hazard area as mandated by local governments.
“Having a double green changes a player’s options under rule 25-3 and their requirement for mandatory relief, because it becomes one large putting green with two holes cut in it,” said OGA Director of Tournament Operations Brent Whittaker. “We are fortunate that the OGA has such quality rules volunteers that help players with challenging rules situations that present themselves.”
This is the first time that The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club has hosted the Oregon Amateur, and the second OGA Championship at the facility. In 2013, the OGA Team Championship was held on the South Course.
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