Alex Wrenn's 64 earns him medalist spot at Oregon Amateur
Alex Wrenn (OGA photo)
Alex Wrenn (OGA photo)

ALOHA, Ore. — Alex Wrenn (Lake Oswego, Ore.) fired a second round 64 (-7) to make a major move up the leaderboard after his first round 70 (-1) at today’s final round of stroke-play qualifying at the 106th Oregon Amateur Championship.

However, a playoff was still needed for medalist as Arthur Kim (Tigard, Ore) and Conner Kumpala (Albany, Ore.) also finished at 134 (-8). It took Wrenn just one hole with a birdie on the par-five first to take medalist honor.

“It was a great day, I was just playing solid on the front,” Wrenn said after his round. “I’ve just been grinding, making sure that everything’s in good shape coming in.”’

Wrenn’s bogey-free round consisted of eight pars and a birdie on the front nine and six birdies in his final seven holes. When all was said and done, 18 players finished at even-par or better with surprisingly low scores for the difficult conditions and a playoff was needed to get to 64 players for the match-play field.

13 players headed out for five spots just before 8pm for a playoff and after three holes Ryan Pickthorn (Damascus, Ore.), John-Michael Pilot (Vancouver, Wash.), Andrew Grove (Newberg, Ore.), Billy Pollock (Eugene, Ore.) and Greg Chianello (Portland, Ore.) advanced.

In the Women’s Championship, Bend’s Madison Odiorne two-under par second-round charge overcame defending champion Gigi Stoll (Beaverton, Ore.) to earn medalist honors in the Women’s Championship. Hannah Swanson (Forest Grove, Ore.) even-par second round put her tied for second with Stoll at 146. Brie Stone (Veneta, Ore.) finished at 147.

“Yesterday my ball-striking was really good, but missed a few putts that should have gone in,” Odiorne said after her round. “Today it was kind of opposite, my ball striking wasn’t as good but a lot of putts just fell in.”

Match-play commences Wednesday at 8:00 with the Women leading off.

ABOUT THE Oregon Amateur

Entries are open to male amateur golfers with USGA Handicap indexes of 5.0 or less for men, and 15.0 or less for women, who are members in good standing of an OGA member club. For men, the low 64 finishers from the first two rounds of stroke play will advance to single elimination match play. For women, the low 32 finishers from the first two rounds of stroke play will advance to single elimination match play.

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