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.
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