2018 Oregon Senior Amateur Begins Tuesday at Illahe Hills Country Club
SALEM, Ore. – The 35th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship will take place Sept. 4-7, 2018 at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, Ore.
This year’s field includes over 90 senior men’s golfers from around the region, competing in one round of stroke play and then progressing to flighted match play brackets. The top-32 players will advance to the Championship bracket, which will begin Wednesday.
The championship features one of the stronger fields in recent memory. The field includes four past champions, beginning with defending champion Bob Harrington (Portland, Ore.). This year, Harrington qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open, where he was just one shot out of making the cut in one of senior golf’s major tournaments.
Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) has won this event five times, including three straight years from 2014-16. He won this year’s Oregon Senior Men’s Stroke Play Championship and Senior Men’s title at the OGA Tournament of Champions, and just this week advanced to match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, held at Eugene Country Club.
Chris Maletis (Portland, Ore.) and Brad Skreen (West Linn, Ore.) are also former champions competing in 2018. Maletis won the event three-straight years from 2000-2002, while Skreen won in 2006 – the last time this event was held at Illahe Hills.
A handful of former OGA champions will also be competing this year, including former Oregon Senior Men’s Stroke Play winner Randy Mahar (Portland, Ore.); 2016 Oregon Super Senior champion Alan Richardson (Bakersfield, Calif.); 2013 OGA Tournament of Champions winner Bill Winter (Portland, Ore.), and Byron Patton (Tigard, Ore.) and Jack Schneider (Oregon City, Ore.), winners of the Senior Men’s title at the 2017 Oregon Amateur Four-Ball. Patton also won the 2012 Oregon Public Links.
Former U.S. Senior Amateur participants Brad Karns (Vancouver, Wash.) and Tom Prevost (McMinnville, Ore.) will also be playing at Illahe Hills. Todd O’Neal (Vancouver, Wash.), last year’s runner-up, will also be playing, looking for his first Senior Amateur title.
This year will mark the second-consecutive time that the Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships will take place separately. Earlier this summer, the Senior Women’s Amateur Championship was held concurrently with the Oregon Amateur at Bend Golf Club in Bend.