65th Oregon Men's Stroke Play Begins Friday at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort
CRESWELL, ORE. – The 65th edition of the Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship takes place this weekend, beginning Friday, August 4th and ending Sunday, August 6th at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort in Creswell, Ore.
The championship contains 54-holes of stroke play competition, including a cut after Saturday’s round, with the low half of competitors (plus ties) advancing to the third and final day of the event.
All three of last year’s division winners are back in 2017 to attempt to win a second-consecutive title. Kevin Geniza (Corvallis, Ore.), Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.), and Jim Dunlap (Beaverton, Ore.) won the Open, Senior, and Master-40 divisions in 2016, respectively.
Geniza, a rising sophomore at the University of Oregon, leads the way in a strong men’s field this year. He’s paired with former champions Conner Kumpula (Albany, Ore. – 2014) and Chris Dukeminier (Portland, Ore. – 2004) in the first two rounds.
Three more 2017 OGA champions are playing in the men’s division this year – Jack Dukeminier (Beaverton, Ore.), winner of last month’s Oregon Mid-Amateur; Arthur Kim (Tigard, Ore.), winner of the 2017 OGA Tournament of Champions, and Max Murai (Beaverton, Ore.), who won his first OGA title in July at the Oregon Public Links.
Former OGA Championship winners Riley Elmes (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Calvin Green (Springfield, Ore.), and Trevor Harding (Portland, Ore.) will be looking to win again this upcoming weekend. Elmes, former Oregon Junior Amateur champion and winner of the 2015 OGA Tournament of Champions, earlier this year advanced to the semifinals of the Oregon Amateur, also winning the gross title at this year’s OGA Parent-Child Chapman with his father. Green won last year’s Oregon Public Links Championship at Emerald Valley, while Harding, along with his playing partner Brent McKee, won last year’s Inaugural Oregon Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and advanced to the round of 16 at the 2017 Oregon Amateur.
Two more former Oregon Junior Amateur champions will be in the field – Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver, Wash.) and Bryce Wortman (Klamath Falls, Ore.). Tibbits will be a freshman this fall at Oregon State University, while Wortman is a rising sophomore at San Jose State University.
In the Senior Men’s Division, O’Donnell will be attempting to win his eighth title in the event (2007-10, 2012, 2015-16). Two-time champion Randy Mahar (Portland, Ore. – 2013-14), along with Brad Carey (Lake Oswego, Ore.), who won this year’s Senior Men’s title at the OGA Tournament of Champions, will be playing alongside O’Donnell on Friday and Saturday.
Also challenging O’Donnell in this year’s event is three-time Oregon Senior Men’s Amateur champion Scott Hval (Portland, Ore.); 2002 Oregon Senior Men’s Stroke Play champion and last year’s runner-up Denny Taylor (Gladstone, Ore.), and 2016 Senior Men’s winner at the OGA Tournament of Champions, Bill Winter (Portland, Ore.).
The Master-40 Division will be represented by Dunlap, last year’s winner, and numerous other contenders. Matt Hartley (Vancouver, Wash.), past OGA representative at the PNGA Cup and the 2013 PNGA Mid-Amateur winner, will be playing this weekend, along with Jeff Ward (Bend, Ore.), was earned a top-20 finish at this year’s PNGA Men’s Master 40 Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Oregon Amateur.
Emerald Valley Golf & Resort is located 20 minutes south of downtown Eugene, just off I-5. The championship course has played host to numerous OGA competitions, most recently the 2016 Oregon Public Links Championships. Last month the course hosted the 2017 PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship.