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PNGA Men's Publinx: Gillis, Brown Win Titles

Monroe, Ore. (Sunday, August 27) – Mitchell Gillis, 22, a senior on the Oregon State Beaver Golf team from Williams Lake, British Columbia captured his third major title in Oregon this summer by winning the 23rd PNGA Men’s Amateur Public Links, being played at the challenging Diamond Woods Golf Course in Monroe, Ore.

Gillis, the only player to shoot back-to-back rounds in the 60’s, had already won two major events in Oregon this season by capturing the Oregon Golf Association Men’s Stroke Play Championship last week at Emerald Valley Golf Club, to go along with the Oregon Amateur title he won earlier this year. Gillis set the pace early by making birdie on the first hole and later made eagle on the par 5, #8, to finish the first nine holes at 3-under par. He couldn’t escape a bogie free round, as he made bogie on the par 4, #10. However, he finished the championship strong by making birdie on the 18th hole. Gillis won the championship by two strokes, and his nearest competitor was incoming freshman on the University of Washington golf team, Chris Evans of Grapeview, Wash.

In the Senior Men’s Division, Ken Brown of Colville, Wash. dominated the Senior Men, winning by six strokes, and carding rounds of 73-71—144. Brown was the 2005 PNGA Senior Amateur Champion and 2005 PNGA Senior Amateur Player of the Year.

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