Pat O'Donnell ends Scott Hval's run at Oregon Senior Amateur
MOLALLA, Ore. (Sept. 26, 2014) – Pat O’Donnell of Happy Valley defeated three-time defending champion Scott Hval of Portland two- up to win the Men’s Championship at the 31st Oregon Senior Amateur, held at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore.

For O’Donnell, the victory marked his third Oregon Senior Amateur win (2008, 2010). Hval’s runner-up finish marked an end to an unprecedented run, where he became the first player ever to win three-consecutive Oregon Senior Amateur titles (2011-13).

The match began on a strong note for O’Donnell, who birdied three of the first four holes and found himself three-up through four. After Hval won the ninth hole, O’Donnell still went into the back nine two- up. However, Hval won the first three holes of the second nine, and was one-up going into the 13th hole.

O’Donnell knew he had to hang tough after suddenly finding himself down with only six holes to play.

“You get a little down,” said O’Donnell. “Because Scott [Hval] is a good player, there’s no doubt about that. He can play.”

“I just kind of hung in there. Still made some good shots, and the ship righted. It worked out in my favor.”

After halving holes 13-15, Hval still maintained a one-up lead going into the 16th hole. On the 430-yard par-4, O’Donnell made par while Hval just missed his five-foot par putt. Going into the 17th hole tied, O’Donnell hit his second shot on the green about 12-feet from the pin. Hval missed his long par putt, and O’Donnell made an easy four, leading one-up and heading to the 18th hole.

On the last hole, O’Donnell’s par sealed the win – his first Oregon Senior Amateur title since 2010.

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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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