EAGLE CREST, ORE. (AUGUST 27, 2016) – The first ever Oregon Amateur Four-Ball Championship kicked off the way anyone would want a championship to start, with lot’s of birdies and perfect playing conditions at Eagle Crest Resort’s Ridge Course. Fifty-five two-player teams in three divisions started the day of best-ball stroke play qualifying with hopes of claiming a high seeding for the four-ball match play portion of the event.
The pairing of Jim Dunlap (Beaverton, Ore.) and Jay Poletiek (Portland, Ore.) earned medalist honors in the Open Division after teaming up to shoot a best-ball total of ten-under par 62. One shot behind them was the team made up of Concordia University players, Ryan Melnychuk (Grants Pass, Ore.) and Tanner Huddleston (Woodland, Wash.), who shot a nine-under par 63. Three teams tied for third place in the qualifying round after posting seven-under par 65s.
In the Women’s Division, the duo of Ginny Burkey (Eugene, Ore.) and Lisa Smego (Olympia, Wash.) tied with the duo of Gretchen Johnson (Portland, Ore.) and Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) after both teams posted four-under par 68s. The team of Burkey and Smego birdied the first playoff hole to earn medalist honors. Nettie Morrison and Amy Anderson finished one shot back in third place after the pair posted a three-under par 69.
Central Oregon golfers Charley Griswold (Bend, Ore.) and Don Orrell (Bend, Ore.) tied with the team of David Lydell (Beaverton, Ore.) and Mark Bowler (Portland, Ore.) for the top qualifying spot after both pairs fired five-under par 65s. Because Lydell and Bowler were not available for a playoff, Griswold and Orrell earned medalist honors by default. The team of Stein Swenson (Bend, Ore.) and Carey Watson (Bend, Ore.) tied with Michael Kloenne (West Linn, Ore.) and Terry Paresi (Oregon City, Ore.) for the third qualifying spot, with each team posting two-under par 70s.
The founding of the Oregon Amateur Four-Ball came two years after the United States Golf Association founded its inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The Four-Ball match play format pits teams of two players against each other in a head-to-head match play bracket. Each player plays his or her own ball from start to finish each hole, with the best individual score for each team counting as that team’s score. Match play begins tomorrow for each division, with the first matches teeing off at 7:30am.
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