WOODBURN, ORE. (June 5, 2011) -- First round leader Brie Stone of Veneta, Ore., the reigning Oregon Women's Mid-Amateur Champion, pulled away from the field with a steady 36-hole total of 1 over par 73-72-144 to capture the Women's Division title of Champion of Champions in the 67th OGA Tournament of Champions on the 5,665-yard layout at the OGA GOlf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
Birdies on 9 and 10 gave her the edge she needed over playing partners Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the reigning OGA Players Champion, and Monica Vaughn of Reedsport, Ore., the reigning Oregon Women's Amateur Champion, who both had two bogeys on their final nine diminishing any chances of catching Stone.
The real excitement came in the Men's Division where a 3-hole playoff was required to determine the Champion of Champions. For most of the day, it was a back and forth battle between the two first round co-leaders until Daniel Griffiths of Eugene, Ore. succumbed to the pressure with bogeys on 16 and 17 falling by the wayside. Few were aware what Pat O'Donnell, of Happy Valley, Ore. was doing two groups ahead.
O'Donnell, who started the day just 1 shot off the pace, birdied his final two holes to earn a chance for another Oregon Golf Association title, but first he would have to face off against first round co-leader Damian Telles of The Dalles, Ore. who shot two even par rounds of 72-72--144.
In the playoff, both players had par on the first hole and it appeared that Telles had the advantage on the second hole when O'Donnell hit his tee shot left leaving his view to the pin stymied behind a tree while Telles hit his tee shot right leaving the best approach to the hole.
A bit of adrenaline had Telles slightly overshooting the green leaving a tricky short-sided chip shot and losing his advantage to O'Donnell, who hit his ball safely to the right side of the green leaving a very lengthy putt. Both shot par to extend the playoff another hole.
On the par-3 3rd hole, O'Donnell seemingly rushed his shot, ending up with a chunky hook that left him 40-yards short of the 190-yard hole. But another dose of adrenaline had Telles overshoot the green again, leaving another tricky short sided downhill chip.
O'Donnell added additional pressure with an excellent approach that left him with a 6-foot par putt, but Telles pulled of an incredible chip that was even closer to the hole. O'Donnell then saw his hopes diminish as his putt rounded the hole giving him a final bogey. Telles sank his par putt to win the title.
The Tournament of Champions is a 36-hole gross stroke play competition and is one of the oldest contests amongst the regular clubs that are members of the Oregon Golf Association. The first Tournament of Champions was contested in 1939. A Women's Division was added in 1997. A regular club is a group of 10 or more golfers that have established club bylaws, elect officers and are based at a regulation-length public or private golf course. Entrants must be the 2009 or 2010 Men's or Women's gross club champion and must be members in good standing of the club they represent. Also eligible are 2009 & 2010 Individual Gross titleholder of any Championship on any current OGA Performance Points list as well as 2010 Hudson Cup Team members, all past Women's Oregon Amateur Champions, and the winners of the Oregon Junior Amateur and Oregon Junior Stroke Play. All champions must be amateurs and be 13 years of age or older. O'Donnell, earned his way into the championship as the reigning Oregon Senior Men's Stroke Play and Oregon Senior Amateur Champion, while Telles, a sophomore on the University of Idaho Men's Golf Team, earned his invitation as the 2009 club champion of The Dalles Country Club.
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