Hval, O'Donnell to meet in Oregon Senior final for second straight year
Scott Hval
Scott Hval

CRESWELL, Ore. — Pat O’Donnell and Scott Hval will meet in the Oregon Senior Amateur championship match for the second consecutive year. Last year, O’Donnell emerged victorious, scoring a 2-up victory. The two players have combined to win the last five Oregon Senior Amateur Championships; O’Donnell won in 2010 and 2014, while Hval won three straight titles from 2011-13.

O’Donnell defeated Michael Kloenne (West Linn, Ore.) 4 and 3 in the semifinals. O’Donnell shot 32 (-4) on the front side, jumping to a 3-up lead after nine holes. Kloenne cut the lead to 2-up after 12 holes, but O’Donnell would win the 13th and 14th holes, securing the chance to defend his title.

Hval battled Denny Taylor (Gladstone, Ore.) in his semifinal match. Hval was 5- up after seven holes, thanks to a four-hole stretch (2-5) where he would win every one. Taylor was never able to complete the comeback; he got within four a number of times from then on, but Hval held steady down the stretch.

The Men’s Championship match will commence at 8:03 AM Thursday morning.

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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