Heat and Tough Conditions Highlight First Round of 2017 Oregon Men's Stroke Play
CRESWELL, ORE. – Emerald Valley Golf & Resort showed its teeth Friday during the first day of the 65th Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship.
Only three players finished under par on Friday, with Alec Berrey (Corvallis, Ore.) leading the way after a first-round 70 (-2). Berrey compiled three birdies and only one bogey during his round, a steady day which saw him with a one-shot lead in the Open Division going into Saturday’s second round.
Calvin Green (Springfield, Ore.), winner of the 2016 Oregon Public Links at Emerald Valley, and Trevor Harding (Portland, Ore.), champion of last year’s Inaugural Oregon Amateur Four-Ball, are both tied for second after each shot a 1-under par 71. Three players – Jack Dukeminier (Beaverton, Ore.), CJ Sitton (West Linn, Ore.), and Johnny Ward (Lake Oswego, Ore.) – are tied for fourth at even-par.
In the Senior Division, Brad Karns (Vancouver, Wash.), who recently qualified for the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur, is tied for the round-one lead with Raymond Schuler (Tacoma, Wash.) at 1-over par. A four-way tie for third at 2-over par includes Billy Anderson (Eugene, Ore.), Scott Hval (Portland, Ore.), Scott Larsen (Cottage Grove, Ore.), and Mike Gleason (Camas, Wash.).
Keith Buckman (West Linn, Ore.) and last year’s Master-40 Division runner-up, Jeff Ward (Bend, Ore.), are tied atop that division’s lead at 1-over par. Last year’s division champ, Jim Dunlap (Tigard, Ore.), and Tom Greller (Newberg, Ore.) are tied for third at 2-over par.