WARRENTON, Ore. – Nate Stember (Portland, Ore.) and Olivia Loberg (Bend, Ore.) earned titles on Friday during the final day of the 88th Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur Championship, held June 25-29 at Astoria Golf & Country Club in Warrenton, Ore.
Stember won the Junior Boys division (ages 16-18), while Loberg won the Girls division (ages 15-18). The winners of those two divisions earn the title of Oregon Junior Amateur champion.
Stember played Johnny Ward (Lake Oswego, Ore.) in Friday’s final. The two players were each coming off winning a state title last month; Stember earned the individual title at the Class 6A State Championship, while Ward was a member of Jesuit High School’s state-winning team.
The two players went back-and-forth in the Championship match, with Ward going into the 17th hole 1-up. Stember won No. 17 to even the match, and on the par-4 18th, both players had birdie putts. Ward left his first putt short by about five feet, while Stember hit his three feet past the hole. Ward missed his par opportunity, as Stember drained his short putt to win his first Oregon Junior Amateur title.
Stember is a rising senior at Lincoln High School in Portland. He was a member of last year’s Team Oregon #1 at the prestigious Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches, and earlier this summer, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
The Girls final was between Loberg and recent Tigard High School graduate Victoria Gailey (Tigard, Ore.). As with the Junior Boys’ final, the two players walked to the 18th hole all-square. Gailey had a long birdie attempt, hitting it past the hole by four feet. Loberg hit next, putting from just off the green and leaving herself a five-foot putt for par. Both players made par, and the match went to extra holes. On the 19th, Loberg won the hole and the match.
Loberg is a rising junior at Summit High School in Bend. She won her second-consecutive Class 5A Individual State Championship in May.
Complete listing of Championship matches in each division: