Lara Tennant and Pat O'Donnell Named 2018 OGA Golfers of the Year
WOODBURN, ORE. – Lara Tennant (Portland, Ore.) and Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) have been named the 2018 OGA Golfers of the Year, announced by the Oregon Golf Association on Friday.
Both players had outstanding years, adding to their legacy as two of the top senior amateur golfers in the region and country. It’s Tennant’s second-consecutive Women’s Golfer of the Year honor, while O’Donnell has earned Golfer of the Year honors two times prior (2009, 2016).
Tennant, 52, solidified her standing as a top-tier senior women’s amateur golfer in 2018. Her season was highlighted by a victory at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, an achievement accomplished earlier in the fall. The week included 36-holes of stroke play qualifying, followed by six matches, all in a span of six days.
The Portland native was successful locally this year, as well, defending titles in 2018 at both the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur and Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. Tennant also finished second at the California Senior Women’s Amateur.
Last month, Tennant was named the 2018 Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Senior Women’s Player of the Year. She also earned All-Amateur first-team honors in Global Golf Post within the Senior Women’s division.
O’Donnell, 65, continues to perform at a high level when playing in both senior and amateur events throughout the northwest. In 2018, O’Donnell was again victorious at the Oregon Senior Men’s Stroke Play Championship – his fourth-straight win in the event, and ninth overall Senior Stroke Play victory. O’Donnell also won the Senior Men’s title at this year’s OGA Tournament of Champions and finished second at the Oregon Mid-Amateur.
Regionally, O’Donnell finished T3 at the Washington Senior Open, and T4 at the Senior Oregon Open. He also qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, held at Eugene Country Club.
The OGA Golfer of the Year is voted on by the OGA Tournament Committee, a group of OGA staff members, volunteers and liaisons who work with the Association to help improve and promote OGA events and playing opportunities.