Oregon Stroke Play: Johansen, O'Donnell win titles
CRESWELL, Ore. (Aug. 12, 2012) -- On a brutally hot day in Creswell, Ore., play continued and champions crowned at the 60th Oregon Stroke Play Championship at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort.

Pat O'Donnell, of Happy Valley, Ore., won the Senior Division for the fifth time, recovering from last year where he finished 7 off the leader, finishing with a one-over par 217 for the three day event. O’Donnell won the title four consecutive years from 2007-2010. Before finishing seven off the lead last year.

Michael Johansen, of Vancouver, Wash., finished strong and held on after starting the event with a five-under 67 on Friday. Johansen finished with rounds of 74 and 76 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

2011 defending champion Nick Chianello, of Gresham, Ore. and Kevin Murphy, of Rogue River, Ore., finished just one off the lead at 218. Chianello currently holds the Oregon Amateur title.

The leader each of the first two days, Byron Patton , of Happy Vally, Ore., and Scott Hvall, of Portland, Ore., both finished two back of O’Donnell at three-over-par.

With Emerald Valley in superb condition, players would have only the occasional gust of wind to stop them from scoring. The typical storyline at Emerald Valley is that birdies can be plentiful on thefront nine, but bogeys can be just as prevalent on the back nine especially for those that don't play smart.

The course, known for being a difficult but fair layout, lived up to it’s reputation as not a single player finished under par. The Oregon Men's Stroke Play showcases the best male players in Oregon and SW Washington with the minimum qualification for entrants is a handicap index of 5.0 or less for male amateur golfers 13 years of age and older, and those 50 years of age and older may play in a Senior Division and must have a handicap index of 10.0 or less.

ABOUT THE Oregon Stroke Play

Entries are open to amateur golfers with USGA Handicap Indexes™ of 5.0 and less for the Men’s and Master 40 Divisions, and Seniors with Handicap Indexes of 10.0 or less and are members in good standing of an OGA Member Club. All Contestants must be at least 13 years of age. Master 40s must be 40 years of age and seniors must be 50 years of age or older.

54-hole stroke play competition with a cut to the low half of the field and ties in each division after two rounds of play.

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