Oregon Tourn. of Champions: Contenders go low
WOODBURN, Ore. (July 2, 2012) -- Players continued to shoot low numbers at the second day of the 68th OGA Tournament of Champions held at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore. as rain-softened conditions opened up plenty of scoring opportunities.

Ryan Pickthorn (above right), club champion at Persimmon Country Club, had back-to-back 65s to win the men's division by eights strokes with a two-day total of fourteen under par.

"Both days I started out slow," Pickthorn said. "Then each day I had a string of birdies - five yesterday, 6 today - and just lit it up on the back."

Hans Reimers (above left) came back strong, going 73-65 to place second in the event.

In the women's division, Brie Stone (above right), who earned entry into the event as the 2011 Mid-Am champion, beat Kate Hildahl (above left) by one stroke after posting an even-par 72 today after yesterday's 75. Stone says she's looking forward to defending her mid-am title Black Butte

"The superintendent's crew had this course in great condition," Director of Tournament Operations Nate Swanner said. "The course played great - the players were very complimentary of the conditions."

The OGA Tournament of Champions event is an invitation-only tournament ran by the OGA for the club champions of each member club and for the champions of all OGA Championships.


Entrants must be the Men's or Women's Club Champion of an OGA regular member club or the individual gross champion of any Championship on the current OGA Men's or Women's performance points list. Club Champions must be members in good standing of the club they are representing. All champions must be OGA members to be eligible for the OGA Tournament of Champions.

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