Hval defends at Oregon Sr. Amateur
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 29, 2012) -- POn yet again another beautiful September day at Riverside Golf & Country Club, Defending Champion Scott Hval put on a show defeating Byron Patton of Tigard, Ore., 4 & 2 to successfully defend his title at the 29th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship.

Hval played a nearly flawless front nine finishing with a 6-under-par 30 and a 6up lead over Patton at the turn. Hval sandwiched a par between birdies on the par-four first and third holes. After matching pars on the 185-yard par-three fourth hole, Hval birdied the 514-yard par-five fifth hole to go 3up.

Hval’s approach on the 505-yard par-five sixth hole found the right rough about 30 yards off the green, but his pitch found the hole for an eagle three.

On the 190-yard par-three seventh hole, Hval’s tee shot ended up on the front left of the green leaving him a 53-foot breaker that again managed tofind the hole for a birdie two.

Both players made four on the 425-yard eighth hole, but a lipped out four-foot par putt on the ninth hole by Patton resulted in Hval 6up at the turn.

Patton made a push, making birdie on the 503-yard par-five 10th and the 156-yard par-three 11th, getting the match back to Hval 4up. After matching pars on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes, a bogey six for Hval on the 495-yard par-five 15th hole left him 3up with three holes to play.

When Patton’s approach found the left bunker on the short par-four 16th hole, he conceded Hval’s birdie putt for the title.

“I just had an amazing front nine, I was kind of disappointed I didn’t shoot 29,” Hval said jokingly after the match. “I really didn’t have any expectations for the week, but it was more than I could hope for.”

In the Oregon Senior Women’s Championship final match, Debbie Friede of Portland, Ore., defeated Defending Champion Loree McKay 3 & 1.

After matching pars on the 399-yard par-four first hole, a bogey by Friede on the second put McKay 1up. A flubbed chip by McKay and a par by Friede on the 122-yard par-three fourth hole got the match back to All Square.

McKay birdied the 420-yard par-four fifth hole, but Friede countered with a birdie on the 452-yard par-five sixth hole to keep the match All Square. Friede went 1up with a par on the 400-yard par-four eighth hole and never looked back. The players matched each other on holes nine through 13, but a par on the 334-yard 14th hole got Friede to 2up.

After matching pars on holes 15 and 16, Friede stuffed her tee shot on the 103-yard par-three 17th hole to six inches. McKay conceded the putt to give Friede the 29th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship title.

“I’ve actually had a pretty tough summer, I haven’t really played all that great,” Friede said after her round. “I tried to qualify for a couple of the national events and I wasn’t very successful with that, so we came out here and tried to see if we could change the mode of it - and we did it.”

Friede said she knew what she had to do to emerge victorious against McKay.

“I didn’t play very good yesterday, so I knew something needed to change,” Friede said. “I didn’t make a ton of mistakes, I made a few but I recovered pretty nicely. It was a good match.

Freidi was previously the runner up at the 2010 Oregon Senior Women’s Championship, having been defeated by Penny Saenguiraporn of Lake Oswego, Ore. She went through the process to regain her amateur status after playing on the LPGA from 1982-1989.

In the First Flight final, Mark Bowler of Portland, Ore., defeated Randy Grosz of Portland, Ore., 4 & 2.

In the Second Flight final, Riverside G&CC member Michal Ralston of Portland, Ore., defeated Mike Walker of La Grande, Ore., 2 & 1.

In the Third Flight final, Jon Carroll of Eugene, Ore., defeated Jim Gibbons of Wilsonville, Ore., in 19 holes.

ABOUT THE Oregon Senior Amateur

Entries are open to male and female amateur golfers 50 years of age or older with USGA Handicap Indexes of 18.1 or less and who are members in good standing of an OGA member club. The field will be limited to the lowest 96 qualified men. The defending champion and 31 finishers from the 18-hole stroke play qualifier will advance to the single elimination Championship flight match play portion of the competition, with the remaining entrants placed in single elimination match play flights according to score. There will be NO age bracket flights.

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