Spencer Tibbits and Ellie Slama are the 2016 Oregon Junior Golf Players of the Year
26 Sep 2016
by Oregon Golf Association

Spencer Tibbits <br>(OGA Photo)
Spencer Tibbits
(OGA Photo)

WOODBURN, OR (September 26, 2016) -- Ellie Slama (Salem, Ore.) and Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver, Wash.) have been named 2016 Oregon Junior Golf Players of the Year, announced Sunday by Oregon Junior Golf and the Oregon Golf Association.

The announcement marks the second consecutive year that both Slama and Tibbits have earned Player of the Year honors.

Slama, 17, backed up her historic year in 2015 with another fantastic showing in 2016. She earned one Oregon Junior Golf major victory at this year’s Peter Jacobsen Junior Challenge held at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. in June. She finished runner-up in the two biggest OJG events of the year – the Oregon Junior Amateur Championship and the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championship. Regionally, Slama earned the win at the 2016 PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur.

In national events, Slama qualified for and advanced to the round of 64 at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship. She finished T-7 at the 2016 IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships, and also represented Oregon and Oregon Junior Golf at the 2016 Girls’ Junior Americas Cup, where she finished as the team’s low-scorer, earning a T-18 finish.

Tibbits, 17, followed last year’s impressive year with yet another one in 2016. He started the summer with back-to-back wins at the Oregon Junior Amateur and the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championships. At the 2016 PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship, Tibbits advanced to the round of 16 after finishing second in stroke play qualifying.

Nationally, Tibbits qualified for the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, and at this year’s Hogan Cup Team Matches, he finished T-13 individually and helped Team Oregon #1 win the team title for the first time since 2008.

Both players also competed in the 2016 Junior PGA Championship, after both won their division at the 2016 Pacific Northwest Junior PGA Championship. Slama and Tibbits both made the cut and finished T-23 and T-21, respectively, at the national championship.

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