Barr and Peterson win titles at Oregon Men's and Women's Amateur
Oregon Amateur winners Conner Barr and Krissy Peterson
Oregon Amateur winners Conner Barr and Krissy Peterson
BLACK BUTTE RANCH, ORE. (June 25, 2016) – Conner Barr (Beaverton, Ore.) defeated Brian Humphreys (Washougal, Wash.) 2 and 1 and Krissy Peterson (Canby, Ore.) defeated Gigi Stoll (Tigard, Ore.) 1-up as both players won titles at the 107th Oregon Amateur Championship, held June 20-25 at Black Butte Ranch – Glaze Meadow in Black Butte Ranch, Ore.

Both matches were highly competitive, featuring spectacular shots, great up-and-downs and eventually, two champions.

“This was a great showcase for some of the finest amateur golf in the northwest,” said Brent Whittaker, OGA Director of Tournament Operations. “The final matches today were a perfect ending to this week. We’d like to especially thank Black Butte Ranch for being a gracious and wonderful host for this championship.”

Barr, a recent graduate of Northern Colorado University, began his match 2-down after the first two holes, but won the next two, as the match made the turn all-square. However, Barr went on an onslaught of great shots, great putting and won the next eight holes (10-17). The pair finished the first 18 holes with Barr holding an 8-up lead.

However, Barr knew that Boise State commit Humphreys was going to continue to fight until the end.

“Brian’s a great player, and he’s very accomplished at a young age, so you know he’s going to come back,” said Barr.

And Barr was correct. Humphreys got his groove back on the second 18 holes, winning five holes to Barr’s zero between holes 19-27 to get within 3-down. Barr did steady the ship, winning with a birdie on the 28th hole and moving to 5-up after the 30th hole.

After Humphreys got within 3-down once again after a long birdie putt on the 32nd hole, both players tied the 33rd, moving Barr to dormie. Humphreys won the 34th hole with a bogey to survive one more hole, but couldn’t make his short chip shot from over the green on the 35th hole, resulting in a tap-in par for Barr to win the Championship.

“It feels good,” said Barr. “There’s obviously a lot of good players that have won it before.”

“It feels good to do something cool.”

Peterson’s match against two-time defending champion Stoll was an entertaining, back-and-forth affair that took all 36 holes to complete. The largest lead of the match was at 2-up for Stoll, lasting all of one hole. The first nine holes played featured seven halved holes, and the two made the turn all-square. However, the second nine was a different story; only two halved holes, as Peterson and Stoll began to battle between one another.

Peterson, who plays collegiately at Portland State, birdied two of three par-3s on the back side, winning each hole, while Stoll used her length to birdie two of the three par-5s, winning both. The two players finished the first 18-holes with Stoll 1-up.

Peterson immediately birdied the 19th hole, pulling the match even, but Stoll came right back on the par-5 20th (2nd) hole. The soon-to-be sophomore at the University of Arizona’s second shot was a great one, getting within five feet and winning the hole with an eagle. The two then halved nine holes in a row, Stoll still leading by one.

Peterson birdied the par-5 30th (12th) hole to end the streak of halved holes, pulling even once again, but Stoll pulled ahead on the 33rd hole with a birdie to lead 1-up with three holes to play.

On the par-3 35th (17th) hole, Stoll missed her par attempt from 10-feet out, while Peterson took advantage, making her 4-foot par putt to win the hole and go into the 36th all-square.

On the final hole, both players were slightly off the green after their second shots. Stoll left her chip a bit short, ending up with a 10-foot par attempt. Peterson putted from just off the green and left herself a 4-foot par putt coming back to the hole. Stoll missed her putt, leaving it an inch short, and Peterson calmly drained the par attempt to seal her status as the 107th Oregon Women’s Amateur Champion.

After entering match play as the sixth seed, Peterson knew that she had to stay steady and consistent for a chance to reach the final.

“I was feeling pretty confident, basically keeping with the process,” said Peterson. “I knew I was hitting the ball well this week, and was patient with the greens.” Her patience led to clutch putts the last two holes that earned her the victory. The exhaustion of playing 36- holes was weighing on her, but it might have made her focus even more.

“I was almost so tired that it made it easier to stick with my process and just go back to muscle memory,” said Peterson.

It may have taken 36-holes, but Peterson’s lead on the 36th hole was her first, and ultimately last, lead of the match.

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