Max Murai, Jenny Krause Win Titles at 20th Oregon Public Links Championship
PORTLAND, ORE. – Max Murai (Beaverton, Ore.) and Jenny Krause (Eugene, Ore.) earned titles on Sunday at the 20th Oregon Public Links Championship, held July 8-9, 2017 at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland, Ore.
The Oregon Public Links Championship includes participants who are public course players and are not members of a private course or club that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.
Murai, a rising sophomore at Cal State, East Bay, earned his first OGA Championship win on Sunday. Entering play on Sunday with a one-shot lead, Murai battled throughout the day against Daniel Dolin (Oregon City, Ore.) and Tom Greller (Newberg, Ore.) for the top spot. After a double bogey on the 16th hole, his par-par finish was just enough to hold on for the win. He finished the event with scores of 67-73 – 140 (-4).
Dolin, who plays collegiately at Lewis & Clark College, had a chance to force a playoff with Murai on the 18th hole, but missed his 15-foot birdie putt. He earned a second place finish with scores of 68-74 – 142 (-2). Greller finished in third at 1-under par.
In the Women’s Championship division, Krause maintained a one-shot lead after Saturday’s first round over defending champion, and older sister, Haleigh. The younger Krause sister only increased her lead after a 3-under par 33 on the front nine on Sunday, eventually getting to 6-under par after 11 holes. The University of Nevada, Reno golfer finished the two-day event shooting 72-71 – 143 (-3), winning her second-career OGA Championship. Krause also won the 2016 OGA Tournament of Champions.
In second place was George Fox University’s Janelle Decker (Tualatin, Ore.). Decker began Sunday’s final round tied for third at 4-over par, but was on fire during the second 18. She made the turn at 2-over overall after a 34 on the front nine. On the back nine, she totaled an eagle on the par-5 14th hole and two birdies, including the 18th, to finish at 1-under total after an outstanding 5-under par 68 on Sunday. Her two-day total was 77-68 – 145 (-1).
Defending champion and San Diego State golfer Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.) finished in third at 3-over par (149), while Eastern Washington representative Madalyn Ardueser (Eugene, Ore.) earned fourth place, shooting 151 (+5) over the weekend.
The Men’s Open division was won by Edward Lee (Portland, Ore.), who shot scores of 82-74 – 156 (+14) for the event. Cam Clooten (Hillsboro, Ore.) finished second at 157.