WASHOUGAL, WASH. (May 25, 2011) -- Tom Liljieholm, 73, of Prineville, Ore. made a charge on the final day of the Oregon Super Senior Championship at Orchard Hills Country Club in Washougal, Wash. Despite inclement weather, he posted the low round of the tournament and finished at 78-75—157 to capture the overall title for Men age 65 and older, besting first round leader Jim Ferguson, 67 of Portland, Ore. and defending champion Bill Bristol, 67 of Vancouver, Wash.
In addition to the overall title, players were also eligible to win titles in individual flights based on gender and age with 65-66 year old men placed in the Jack Nicklaus flight, 67-70 year olds in the Arnold Palmer flight and men 71 and older in the Byron Nelson flight.
By virtue of his finish, Ferguson was bestowed the Nicklaus Flight title, Paul Vetsch, 68, of Milwaukie, Ore. captured the top prize in the Palmer flight, and Nelson Flight honors were granted to Jim Urbanski, 74 of Salem, Ore.
In the Women’s Division, it was a three horse race to the finish as it was a par on the final hole by Karen Herness, 61, of Portland , Ore. that was needed to edge Darlene Moen, 63, of Vancouver, Wash. by 1-stroke to win the overall title for Women age 60 and older. Women also play in either the Patty Berg flight (60-63) or the Babe Zaharius flight (63+).
Moen won the Babe Zaharius Flight, and Janice Anderson, 63 of Washougal, Wash. was awarded the Patty Berg flight title Defending Champion Susan Palmer, 64, of Eugene, Ore. struggled with an 86-90—186 to finish well back in the pack.
When the Oregon Super Senior Championship was introduced in 2006, it was the first amateur golf championship of its kind in the nation with eligibility for Men age 65 and older and Women age 60 and older. For the first three years of the championship, men played a 54-hole competition with a cut after the first 36-holes, and Women played a 36-hole competition.
Players also compete for Net awards within their respective flights based on the difference between their gross score and their course handicap. USGA Handicap Indexes are just one of the services provided to members of all Oregon Golf Association member clubs.Orchard Hills is one of eleven golf courses in SW Washington within the Oregon Golf Association territory that are home to regular OGA Member Clubs. There are also eight associate OGA Member Clubs in SW Washington. An associate club is not affiliated with any specific golf courses
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