MOLALLA, ORE. – Jack Dukeminier (Beaverton, Ore.) and Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.) both won titles this weekend at the 29th Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship, held July 15-16, 2017 at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla, Ore.
Golfers played 36 holes over two days, with 72 men and 12 women competing in this year’s event.
Dukeminier began the final round two shots back of first-round leader Sean Collopy (Portland, Ore). However, Dukeminier immediately put himself into contention after an eagle on the par-5 first hole and making the turn on Sunday at 2-under par overall, which at the time was two shots back of Collopy. A solid back nine, including playing the final four holes 1-under par, sealed the win and a two-round total of 70-69 – 139 (-3) for Dukeminier, as Collopy played the final seven holes at 4-over par.
His win is his first OGA title since the 2016 OGA Tournament of Champions. The former University of Oregon golfer also won the 2011 Oregon Amateur Championship.
In second place was Matt Hartley (Vancouver, Wash.), who came back with a strong final round showing and finished with scores of 72-68 – 140 (-2). Collopy, Jack Pennington (Eugene, Ore.) and Denny Taylor (Gladstone, Ore.) all tied for third at 1-under par (141) for the championship.
Tennant continued her strong 2017 by winning her second OGA title in as many tries – earlier this summer, she won the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at The Oregon Golf Club. She entered play on Sunday with a three-shot lead over Amanda Jacobs (Portland, Ore.) and a five-shot lead over Gretchen Johnson (Portland, Ore.), with Johnson earlier this year winning the 2017 OGA Tournament of Champions, also played at Arrowhead GC.
Tennant was a model of consistency during Sunday’s final round. She began with two birdies in the first four holes, and although her round included five bogies, she birdied the par-5 16th hole to move back to 2-over par for the day and 1-over par for the tournament. She won by eight shots, finishing with scores of 70-73 – 143 (+1) to secure her third Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur title (2003, 2008).
In second place was two-time Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur champion Leilani Norman (Eugene, Ore.), who finished at 9-over par (151) for the two-day event. Jacobs earned third place after struggling with a 79 on Sunday. Brie Stone (Veneta, Ore.), six-time champion of the Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur, fired an even-par 71 on Sunday to finish in fourth place at 11-over par (153).