Oregon State Amateur: Dukeminier wins his second

PORTLAND, ORE (June 25, 2011) -- It was another one for the record books at historic Waverley Country Club as the 102nd Oregon Amateur crowned two new champions.

In the Men's Division, former Oregon Duck standout, Jack Dukeminier of Eugene, Ore. won his second major match play title defeating former OSU golfer Tyler Simpson of Happy Valley, Ore. 2 & 1.

In 2005, Dukeminier captured the Boys Junior Amateur title and now becomes one of only four other men to have earned both titles in the combined 81 year history of the two events. He joins a list that includes former Walker Cupper Bruce Cudd (Oregon Amateur, 1952 & 1953; Oregon Junior Amateur, 1950), Chris Holzgang (Amateur, 1989; Junior Amateur, 1984), Mitch Mooney (Amateur and Junior Amateur, 1975), and Randy Mahar (Amateur, 1977; Junior Amateur, 1984).

Dukeminier, who is pursuing a Master's degree in finance, learned that he had been recognized as the top men's golf student athlete in the Pac-10 Conference not long after he bested defending champion Paul Peterson to advance to the finals.

Simpson, a graduate of Clackamas High School, took an early command of the finals match winning the first two holes. but Dukeminier retuned te favor winning holes 4 and 5 to go all square. It continued going back and forth the entire morning, and the duo finished the first 18-holes all square.

The afternoon round, however, was entirely different. Dukeminier won the first hole and never looked back getting to 3up after the 27th hole turn.

Simpson tried to rally winning the 11th and 12th holes. The match, in fact, could have been all-square after the par-5 13th hole when Dukeminier conceded Simpson's birdie putt on the par-5 13th. But Dukeminier, who had missed the green left his chip shot 15-feet short had a different outcome in mind.

"It broke hard to the right, and I knew I had to make it," said Dukeminier. "I made a nice run at it, and it went right in. It was definitely a big putt to make."

Dukeminier retained his 1up advantage as both players made par on the next three holes. On the 17th hole, they mirrored each other's tee and approach shots, leaving both with a 20-foot birdie attempt. Dukeminier made an excellent lag leaving a short par putt, but Simpson ran his putt 4-feet past the hole, then missed the comeback par putt giving Dukeminier the win.

"I wasn't really thinking about the consequences of missing at that point," Simpson said of his birdie attempt.

"It was going to be tough, with Jack's length, to beat him on 18 (a par-5), and I gave it a run and just missed the comebacker, unfortunately."

In addition to his Junior Amateur title in 2006, Dukeminier also was co-medalist in the OSAA 4A High School championships while helping Sheldon High to two consecutive state titles. He also became a key player for Oregon the past couple years as the Ducks became a nationally recognized team. In 2010, he tied for third at the NCAA Championships as his team finished the season ranked third in the nation.

"In my mind, I always thought I was one of the best players in the state," Dukeminier said. "Now I can say for sure."

ABOUT THE Oregon Amateur

Entries are open to male amateur golfers with USGA Handicap indexes of 5.0 or less for men, and 15.0 or less for women, who are members in good standing of an OGA member club. For men, the low 64 finishers from the first two rounds of stroke play will advance to single elimination match play. For women, the low 32 finishers from the first two rounds of stroke play will advance to single elimination match play.

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