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Field continues to dwindle at Oregon Men's and Women's Amateur
Alex Wrenn upset top-seed Sulman Raza on Thursday <br>(NCAA.com Photo)</br>
Alex Wrenn upset top-seed Sulman Raza on Thursday
(NCAA.com Photo)
BLACK BUTTE RANCH, OR (June 23, 2016) -- The final four women and final eight men vying for a state title are now set for semifinal and quarterfinal matches, respectively, at the 107th Oregon Amateur Championship, held June 20-25 at Black Butte Ranch – Glaze Meadow in Black Butte Ranch, Ore.

Women’s quarterfinal matches were held Thursday, as the remaining four players will play semifinal matches on Friday. Those matches will take place at 8:45 AM and 8:54 AM.

The men’s field began the day at 32 players and is now down to eight. Both round-of-32 and round-of-16 matches were held on Friday. The men’s quarterfinals will begin with the first group teeing off at 8 AM, and the final pairing going off the first tee at 8:27 AM. The semifinals will also take place Friday, in the afternoon. Those matches will occur at 1:20 PM and 1:29 PM.

The women’s quarterfinals began with two-time defending champion, Gigi Stoll (Tigard, Ore.), advancing to the semifinals after defeating Sarah Archuleta (West Linn, Ore.) 5 and 4. Stoll will play Concordia University golfer and No. 12 seed Lynsie Furuya (Vancouver, Wash.), who upset Haley Nist (Meridian, Idaho) after 19 holes. Stoll and Furuya will tee off at 8:45 AM.

The other semifinal will pit last year’s stroke play qualifying medalist and match play runner-up, Madison Odiorne (Bend, Ore.), against Portland State golfer Krissy Peterson (Canby, Ore.). Odiorne never trailed against Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.), winning 3 and 2. Peterson also never trailed in her match, beating Hannah Swanson (Forest Grove, Ore.) 4 and 3. Odiorne, the No. 2 seed, and Peterson, the No. 6 seed, will play in the second semifinal at 8:54 AM tomorrow.

After the round-of-32 matches were complete Thursday morning, the men’s field was shook up as the first round-of-16 match featured No. 1 seed Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) falling to Alex Wrenn (Lake Oswego, Ore.). Wrenn, who plays golf at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., was 2-down with five holes to play, but then won holes 14-16, eventually holding on for a 1-up win against Raza.

Wrenn, the 16th seed, will play another University of Oregon golfer in the quarterfinals in Zach Foushee (West Linn, Ore.). The No. 24 seed, Foushee defeated last year’s Oregon Junior Amateur champion, Bryce Wortman (Klamath Falls, Ore.), 2 and 1 in an up-and-down match.

Jaime Delgado (Hillsboro, Ore.), the 36th seed, upset 4th seeded Justin Kadin (Bend, Ore.) in the round-of-32, then went on to defeat Kevin Johnson (Portland, Ore.) 1-up to advance to the quarterfinals. He’ll play the No. 5 seed Conner Barr (Beaverton, Ore), who defeated Nigel Lett (Beaverton, Ore.) 6 and 5 in the round-of-16.

In the third quarterfinal, No. 34 seed Brian Humphreys (Washougal, Wash.) will play No. 42 seed Max Murai (Beaverton, Ore.) Humphreys upset the No. 2 seed, Kevin Murphy (Rogue River, Ore.), 5 and 3 in the round-of-32 and then defeated Jake Quast (Medford, Ore.) 2 and 1. Murai beat Greg Chianello (Portland, Ore.) 2 and 1 in the round-of-16.

The final quarterfinal will pit the 14th seed Montana Frame (Reedsport, Ore.) against the No. 27 seed Jeff Ward (Bend, Ore.). Frame defeated UCLA’s Cole Madey (West Linn, Ore.) in the round-of-16, winning 2-up, while Ward defeated 6th-seeded Hogan Arey (Corvallis, Ore.) in the round-of-32 and battled Nicholas Huff (Ridgefield, Wash.) in the round-of-16, ultimately winning the 18th hole and the match 1-up.

WEDNESDAY RECAP

Top seeds Sulman Raza (Eugene, Ore.) and Gigi Stoll (Tigard, Ore.) each won their respective matches on Wednesday, as the 107th Oregon Amateur Championship completed its first day of match play at Black Butte Ranch – Glaze Meadow in Black Butte Ranch, Ore.

The men’s bracket played one round today, as the field dwindled from 64 to 32. Two rounds will be held on Thursday, as round-of-32 and round-of-16 matches will take place and the quarterfinals will be set by the end of the day.

In the women’s bracket, the field played two rounds on Wednesday. Round-of-32 matches were played in the morning, while round-of-16 matches were completed this afternoon, as the quarterfinals will take place on Thursday.

Top-seeded Raza won his first match of the championship, 4 and 2 over Alex Lee (West Linn, Ore.). He’ll play the 33rd seed, Daniel Cheremnov (Hubbard, Ore.), in the round-of-32 Thursday morning. Kevin Murphy (Rogue River, Ore.), who is the No. 2 seed, advanced as well on Wednesday and will face off against Brian Humphreys (Washougal, Wash.) tomorrow morning.

Upsets were abound on the men’s side, as 15 of 32 lower seeds won their opening match. That included Greg Chianello (Portland, Ore.), the 58th seed, as he defeated 7th-seeded Nicklaus Baines (Portland, Ore.), 1-up. Fifty-sixth seeded Jacob Varriano (Olympia, Wash.) beat the No. 9 seed, Braeden Campbell (Washougal, Wash.) 1-up, and the No. 55 seed, Kevin Mackin (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), advanced to the next round after defeating the No. 10 seed, Arthur Kim (Tigard, Ore.), 2-up.

The longest match of the day was between Kevin Geniza (Corvallis, Ore.) and Lauri Malinen (Walla Walla, Wash.). Malinen won the final four holes after becoming dormie going into the 15th hole, and Geniza finally won on the 23rd hole after five extra holes.

Stoll received a bye in the first round of the women’s bracket, and defeated Jessica Young (Wedderburn, Ore.) 6 and 4 to advance to the quarterfinals. She’ll play 8th-seeded Sarah Archuleta (West Linn, Ore.). Of the 10 first round matches, all higher seeds advanced, with the exception of 18th-seeded Chloe Barnes (West Linn, Ore.), who upset 15th-seeded Rosie Cook (Bend, Ore.) 2 and 1.

In the round-of-16, No. 2 seed Madison Odiorne (Bend, Ore.) advanced to the quarterfinals after a close match against Barnes, 1-up. The No. 3 seed, Jenny Krause (Eugene, Ore.), fell to the 14th seed, Hannah Swanson (Forest Grove, Ore.), 2 and 1. The other upset in the bracket came when the No. 12 seed, Lynsie Furuya (Vancouver, Wash.), defeated Daniele Giles (Talent, Ore.), the No. 5 seed, after 20 holes.

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