30th Oregon Mid-Amateur Set for This Weekend, May 5-6
OREGON CITY, ORE. – The 30th edition of the Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship takes place this weekend, May 5-6, 2018 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore.
The event consists of a Men’s and Women’s Championship – 63 players competing in the Men’s field, while 16 players will compete in the Women’s field. Prior to this weekend’s Championship Proper, two qualifiers were held to narrow the Men’s field.
The Men’s Championship features five former champions, including last year’s winner, Jack Dukeminier (Beaverton, Ore.). Philip Bagdade (Portland, Ore.), winner in 2016; Justin Kadin (Corvallis, Ore.), winner in 2015; Denny Taylor (Gladstone, Ore.), the 2006 winner, and Jay Poletiek (Happy Valley, Ore.), the 2005 champion, are all in this year’s field.
An impressive group of players will be challenging the past champions. Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.), five-time Oregon Senior Men’s Amateur champion, is in the field, along with Brad Karns (Vancouver, Wash.), who, along with O’Donnell, are representing the OGA at this week’s PNGA Cup in Seattle. Byron Patton (Tigard, Ore.), successful player in his own right and the 2012 Oregon Public Links winner, is also playing.
Will Snow (Vancouver, Wash.) and Jason Wood (Portland, Ore.), both playing for Team OGA at this year’s PNGA Cup, will be looking for their first Mid-Amateur win. Snow is coming off a win at this past weekend’s Portland City Best-Ball, with his playing partner and former Mid-Amateur champion Bagdade.
The Women’s Championship has two former Women’s Mid-Amateur champions in the field. Last year’s winner, Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.), has won the event a total of three times (2003, 2008, 2017). Kate Harper (Beaverton, Ore.), the champion of the 2015 Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur, is also playing.
Tennant earned last year’s OGA Women’s Golfer of the Year award after winning both the Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur and Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur. She also earned co-medalist honors and the No. 1 seed in match play at the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
Gretchen Johnson (Portland, Ore.) and Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) will be fresh off representing the OGA at the PNGA Cup, along with Tennant. Johnson won this year’s OGA Tournament of Champions – her second-consecutive win in the event – while also advancing to last year’s PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship match. Jacobs earned runner-up in last year’s Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship for a second-straight year.
Also playing in the Women’s Championship are Leilani Norman (Eugene, Ore.), two-time winner of the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, and Ginny Burkey (Eugene, Ore.), runner-up at the 2017 Oregon Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship. Norman and Burkey together won the 2017 Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship.
Stone Creek Golf Club, located in Oregon City, last hosted an OGA Championship in 2009, when the course hosted that year’s OGA Tournament of Champions.