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Pollock, Pennington prevail at Oregon Amateur Four-Ball
Billy Pollock and Jack Pennington (OGA photo)
Billy Pollock and Jack Pennington (OGA photo)

Billy Pollock and Jack Pennington combined to win the open division at the 4th Oregon Amateur Four-Ball on Wednesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell. Meanwhile, Bradley Karns and Mark Bowler triumphed in the senior division.

Pollock-Pennington defeated top-seeded Alec Berrey and Nick Van Vleet in the championship match. The winning duo jumped out to a lead on the first hole and never looked back, holding a 4-up advantage from the 11th hole until the match’s conclusion.

The winners advanced from the No. 6 seed on the 23-team match-play bracket for the championship flight. They prevailed in match-ups against Keith Lobis and Max Dobak (5 and 3), Joey Herrera and Max Murai (2 and 1), Chris Polski and JC Riter (1 up) before their win in the final (4 and 3).

Nine players posted an eagle during the four-day competition. Pollock had an event-best two and was the only player with more than one.

Twelve teams battled in the championship flight for the senior division, with the Karns-Bowler tandem defeating Scott Larsen and Wes St. Clair in the final match (3 and 2).

After an opening-round win over Kirk Schwerzler and Phil Barricklow (5 and 4), the eventual senior champions upset top-seed Tim Cecil and Charlie Rice in the second round (2 and 1), before a semifinal win over Billy Anderson and Larry Watts (3 and 2).

Karns led all players in the senior division with 15 birdies over the competition, while Bowler added 10. They were two of 20 players throughout all divisions to have 10 or more birdies during the event.

ABOUT THE Oregon Four-Ball

18-hole stroke-play qualifying round followed by low 32 match play for Men and low 16 match play for Women and Senior Men (ages 50 and over). There is a consolation flight after the first round of matches. All contestants must be members in good standing of an OGA Member Club.

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