Five Local Players Qualify for 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur
EUGENE, Ore. – Five players – all from either Oregon or Southwest Washington – advanced to the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, after qualifying was held Monday, July 30 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
Eugene Country Club is the host facility for this year’s U.S. Senior Amateur, taking place August 25-30, 2018. It marks the second-straight year that the state of Oregon has hosted a USGA Championship – last year, Waverley Country Club in Portland hosted the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
Earning co-medalist honors were Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) and Larry Watts (Springfield, Ore.). Both players finished as the only players under-par on Monday, finishing at 1-under. O’Donnell just recently won his ninth Oregon Senior Men’s Stroke Play title, while Watts is the head golf coach at Thurston High School in Springfield.
Past Oregon Amateur and Oregon Senior Men’s Amateur champion Scott Hval (Portland, Ore.) and 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier Bradley Karns (Vancouver, Wash.) each fired a 1-over par 73 to also qualify for this year’s championship.
The fifth and final qualifying spot was earned by Jonny Coppedge (Canby, Ore.). Coppedge defeated six other players in a playoff, as all seven golfers shot 75 to tie for the fifth and final qualifying spot.
Gregg Guernsey (Vancouver, Wash.) is first alternate, while Joel Yunek (Mason City, Iowa) is the second alternate.