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
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
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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