Leilani Norman wins Oregon Women's Senior Amateur final
Leilani Norman wins her second Oregon Women's Senior Am<br>OGA photo
Leilani Norman wins her second Oregon Women's Senior Am
OGA photo

CRESWELL, Ore. — Leilani Norman (Eugene, Ore.) defeated Lisa Smego (Olympia, Wash.) 3 and 2 on Wednesday to win the 2015 Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held this week at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort in Creswell, Ore. The Men’s title will pit defending champion Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) against Scott Hval (Portland, Ore.) on Thursday morning.

Norman earned her second Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur title with this year’s win, also winning in 2013.

The match was close through the first nine holes, with both players not being able to sustain much momentum; it was all-square at the turn. Norman started the second nine on fire, however, and jumped to a 3-up lead after 13 holes. Three consecutive halved holes solidified her 3 and 2 win.

Following the round, Norman was emotional when talking about her win and comparing it to her 2013 title. Wednesday would have marked her brother’s 62nd birthday; he passed away a year and a half ago. “This one actually feels a little more special,” said Norman, as she tapped her finger against the Women’s Perpetual Trophy, mentioning her brother. “This is for you.”

ABOUT THE Oregon Senior Women's Amateur

Entries are open to female amateur golfers who are 50 years of age or older with USGA Handicap Indexes™ of 36.4 or less. All entrants must be members in good standing of an OGA Member Club.

The Senior defending Women’s Champion Anita Wicks and 15 finishers from the open division 18-hole stroke play qualifier will advance to the Championship flight match play portion of the competition, with the remaining entrants placed in match play flights according to score. The Women’s Division WILL have drop flights. There will be NO age bracket flights. *The number of flights may change depending on the number of entrants, and may not guarantee a contestant a match play flight.

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