CRESWELL, OR (August 14, 2005) -- Adam Hagen of Scappoose, Ore. shot a second incredible 3-under-par 69 to win the Oregon Men's Stroke Play Championship at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore. This marks not only his second win of this season for the University of Nevada senior, but also of his adult career.
He started the round with a narrow 1-stroke lead that he quickly lost after three-putting the first hole, while first round leader Chris Polski of Eugene, Ore. birdied the second hole to take a 1 shot lead over both Hagen University of Oregon senior Greggory LaVoie of Pasco, Wash.
Then a string of bogeys on holes four thru six by Polski coupled by successive birdies on holes six thru eight quickly returned the lead back to Hagen. LaVoie was just playing an even par round.
Polski could not get anything going and ultimately finished the day shooting 6-over par 78 to end the tournament in fourth place.
LaVoie, on the other hand made the contest interesting with a chip in on 15 to bring it close, just 1-stroke down with three holes to play.
Despite the positive karma from the chip-in, LaVoie sent his next shot right into the trees on 16 and wound up bogeying the hole while Hagen birdied it to take a three shot lead into the final two holes. LaVoie ended up the tournament in second place, but should take many positive thoughts from his experience on the difficult Emerald Valley layout as he next heads to the U.S. Amateur Championship along with Oregon teammates Derek Sipe and Ted Whitney.
Another Oregon teammate, Justin St. Clair, finished the tournament in third place
"Other than the first hole, everything just seemed to go my way," commented Hagen. "On twelve I was trying to hit a high wedge over a tree, but I hit it thin. It went straight toward the tree but made it through the one and only gap to head straight toward the pin, and I was able to convert for a birdie," he added.
"Then on my approach on 16, I was aiming for the center of the green but pushed the ball right.luckily right to the pin and ended up twelve feet above the hole and again made birdie," Hagen said.
Chris Maletis, 56, of Portland, Ore. (Langdon Farms GC) scored an 1-under par 70 in his final round easily defending his Senior Division title. His only mistake of the day was hitting the ball out of bounds on the 9th hole and ultimately taking a double bogey.
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