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Wortman, Secor win Oregon Public Links in sudden death
Bryce Wortman and Ellen Secor (OGA photo)
Bryce Wortman and Ellen Secor (OGA photo)

WOODBURN, Ore. (Aug. 12, 2018) – Bryce Wortman already had an Oregon Junior Amateur title, and now he has an Oregon Public Links title to go with it. The San Jose State junior won a playoff at the OGA Golf Course on Sunday to add to his collection of state titles.

Wortman, of Creswell, Ore., led the tournament after a first-round, 2-under 70. He returned the same score on Sunday to reach 4 under. It left him tied with Chris Polski.

Polski, of Eugene, Ore., had rounds of 71-69 to match Wortman. Polski qualified for last year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur. The two entered sudden death and Wortman prevailed. Wortman won his Oregon Junior title in 2015 and was a semifinalist earlier this summer at the Oregon Amateur.

Kyle Luttrell and Ryan Fery finished one shot out of the playoff at 2 under. Fery won the 2004 Oregon Public Links.

The women’s division also ended in a playoff. Ellen Secor, who combined with Colorado State teammate Katrina Prendergast to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball this spring, defeated Victoria Gailey in sudden death to win.

Secor had rounds of 70-74 to reach even par. She struggled coming in on Sunday with three bogeys on her back nine and no birdies. Gailey, an incoming freshman at the University of Nevada, made up two strokes on Secor on the back.

Last year’s champion Jennifer Krause, who will be a junior at the University of Nevada, was third at 1 over.

ABOUT THE Oregon Public Links

Entries are open to amateur golfers who, since the start of the calendar year, have been bona fide public course players and have not held a membership at any course which does not extend playing privileges to the general public or membership with any private club maintaining its own course. Entries in the Men’s Division is limited to golfers with USGA Handicap Indexes of 36.4 and less. Entries in the Women’s Division is limited to golfers who are female with USGA Handicap Indexes of 40.4 and less.

36-hole stroke play competition. Gross and Net prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each flight. Players have their choice of entering either the “Championship” or “Open” flights.

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