Randy Mahar medals at Oregon Senior Amateur
Randy Mahar
Randy Mahar

CRESWELL, Ore. — Randy Mahar (Portland, Ore.) and Debbie Friede (Washougal, Wash.) earned medalist honors in their respective divisions in stroke play qualifying at the 32nd Oregon Senior Amateur Championship, commencing August 24-27 at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort in Creswell, Ore.

Monday featured 18-hole stroke play qualifying for both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions. The top 32 scores in the Men’s Division will face off in the Championship Flight, with the Round-of-32 and Round-of-16 matches being played Tuesday. In the Women’s Championship Flight, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Tuesday.

Mahar finished as the only player under par on Monday, firing a 2-under par 70 to win medalist honors by two shots. Mahar’s consistent play included three birdies and only one bogey, ending his round with two birdies in the final four holes. Mahar is seeking his first Oregon Senior Amateur Championship; he won back-to-back Oregon Senior Stroke Play titles in 2013 and 2014.

Five players tied for second place at even-par 72: Jim Pliska (Gresham, Ore.), John Qualman (Eugene, Ore.), Jack Schneider (Oregon City, Ore.), Denny Taylor (Gladstone, Ore.) and Bill Winter (Portland, Ore.). Defending champion Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) exercised his right to be the No. 2 seed in the Championship Flight bracket.

In the Women’s Division, Friede, the 2012 Oregon Senior Women’s champion, came back from a 4-over par 40 on the front nine to post four birdies on the back side, ending up with a 34 and shooting 2-over par 74 on Monday. Lisa Smego (Olympia, Wash.) shot a 3-over par 75, one shot back of Friede, and Leilani Norman (Eugene, Ore.) fired a 4-over par 76.

Defending champion Loree McKay (Hillsboro, Ore.) also exercised her right to the No. 2 seed in the Women’s Championship bracket.

Tee times will begin at 7:30 AM on Tuesday. Tee times for those playing a second match on Tuesday will begin at 1:00 PM.

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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