Three win titles at 72nd Oregon Golf Association Tournament of Champions
Jack Dukeminier is one of three winners at OGA Tournament of Champions <br>(Oregon Golf Association Photo)</br>
Jack Dukeminier is one of three winners at OGA Tournament of Champions
(Oregon Golf Association Photo)
AURORA, ORE (April 24, 2016) - Jack Dukeminier (Portland, Ore.) won the Men’s title on the second playoff hole at the 72nd OGA Tournament of Champions, while Jenny Krause (Eugene, Ore.) earned a comeback win in the Women’s championship and Bill Winter (Portland, Ore.) won the inaugural Senior Men’s title this weekend, April 23-24 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore.

“With two divisions being decided by one shot and another going to a playoff, this was a great first championship of the 2016 season,” said Brent Whittaker, OGA Director of Tournament Operations. “We thank Langdon Farms for once again hosting this event, and to all competitors who played this weekend.”

Dukeminier entered the final day three shots back of first-round leader Travis Johnsen (Wilsonville, Ore.), but his steady play on Sunday propelled the 2011 Oregon Amateur champion to a season-opening win. Birdies on the 10th and 11th holes capped his stellar performance, ultimately tying with Tanner Huddleston (Woodland, Wash.) after 36 holes.

In the sudden-death playoff that started on the 16th hole, both Dukeminier and Huddleston missed makeable birdie putts, then headed to the par-3 17th hole. Dukeminier knocked in a 40-foot putt for birdie, and that confirmed his win. His weekend scores of 72- 69 – 141 (-1) earned him first place, while Huddleston shot rounds of 70-71 – 141 (-1) for a strong second place finish. Jesse Heinly (Bend, Ore.) finished in third place after scores of 73-71 – 144 (+2).

Krause entered the final day of competition tied for second and six strokes back of Kate Harper (Portland, Ore.), who had fired an even-par round of 71 on Saturday. A high school senior at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore. who has committed to play collegiate golf at the University of Nevada, Reno, Krause knew she had to focus on herself if she were to come back and get her first OGA win.

“I was just thinking, it doesn’t matter what she does,” explained Krause. “I need to just keep making birdies and peddle down – and whatever she does, that’s great, but it only comes down to what I do. That’s what my mind was focused on.”

Krause was steady on Sunday, compiling four birdies on her way to a 1-over par 72. Her weekend total of 77-72 – 149 (+7) was just enough to beat Brie Stone (Veneta, Ore.), who won this championship in 2011 and 2012. Stone fired rounds of 77-73 – 150 (+8).

Harper, who led by six going into Sunday’s final round, struggled on the final day but still finished third, shooting 71-81 – 152 (+10).

In the inaugural Senior Men’s division at the Tournament of Champions, Winter led by a shot heading into Sunday’s round. A back-and-forth final day where he and Jay Fredrickson (Hillsboro, Ore.) battled until the end, the round came down to the final hole, with Winter holding a one-shot lead. Putting for eagle on the par-5 18th, his putt from over 50 feet and the bottom tier and onto the top one almost went in, and his tap-in birdie sealed his win.

Winter was the only player in the division to finish under par, firing totals of 69-72 – 141 (-1) for the one- shot win over Fredrickson, who shot 70-72 – 142 (E). Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.), who has won the Men’s title at the Tournament of Champions twice before (1983-84), finished in third place after shooting 74-73 – 147 (+5).

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