Oregon Amateur Championship Players to Watch

The 108th Oregon Amateur Championship field features some of the area's best golfers. Here's a look at just a few competitors to keep an eye on during the championship.

William Snow – Vancouver, Wash.
Snow, a former golfer at Concordia University – Portland, has had recent success locally and nationally. He qualified for the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, and in 2016, won the individual title at the OGA Men’s Team Championship at Bandon Dunes Resort, along with earning a top-10 finish at the Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship. So far in 2017, Snow has finished second at the OGA Tournament of Champions earlier this spring, and earned the title of first alternate at U.S. Open local qualifying.
Hannah Swanson – Forest Grove, Ore.
Swanson has had good success at the Oregon Amateur the past two years. In 2015, she was a semifinalist before falling to eventual champion Gigi Stoll – and last year, Swanson advanced to the quarterfinals to face Krissy Peterson – who also eventually went on to win the Championship. Swanson earned her first OGA win in 2016 with a victory at the Oregon Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Gearhart Golf Links.
Arthur Kim – Tigard, Ore.
Kim is a former collegiate golfer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s had a successful past two years in competition in Oregon – in 2016, Kim earned a T5 finish at the OGA Tournament of Champions – an event he won this year. Also last year, he was the 10th seed entering match play at the Oregon Amateur Championship at Black Butte Ranch. Along with winning the ToC in 2017, Kim also advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying and played in sectional qualifying earlier this month.
Ellen Secor – Portland, Ore.
Secor is coming off an impressive freshman year at Colorado State University. She led the team in scoring three times and averaged a team-best 74.14 strokes per round in 2016-17. Secor recently advanced to the round of 16 with her playing partner at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. She’s also a former Oregon Junior Golf champion, and U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur and Girls Junior Americas Cup participant.
Tanner Huddleston – Woodland, Wash.
Among numerous Concordia University – Portland alumni and current golfers among this year’s Oregon Amateur field, Huddleston recently finished third at the 2017 OGA Tournament of Champions in March at Arrowhead Golf Club. The incoming senior earned a second place finish at the 2016 ToC, advanced to the round of 32 at last year’s Oregon Amateur, and advanced to the semifinals at the Inaugural Oregon Amateur Four-Ball with playing partner and former college teammate Ryan Melnychuk.
Tara Finigan – Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Finigan is competing in her first OGA event. Recently finishing her sophomore year at Portland State University, Finigan had a stellar year, leading the team in scoring and earning Second Team All-Big Sky honors. Earlier this month, Finigan tied for 10th at 2017 U.S. Women’s Open qualifying at the OGA Golf Course.
Greg Chianello – Portland, Ore.
Chianello made noise in last year’s Oregon Amateur Championship. Although he barely qualified for match play, the 50-year-old pulled upset after upset – eventually falling in the round of 16. In 2015, Chianello advanced to match play before losing his first-round match.
Rosie Cook – Bend, Ore.
Cook, a mainstay at OGA competitions, is looking to break out at this year’s Oregon Amateur. She advanced to the quarterfinals back in 2014, and has had plenty of success since then. Cook earned a second place finish at the 2014 OGA Tournament of Champions, and just last year earned a runner-up finish at the 2016 Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. She’s represented Oregon and the OGA at both the PNGA Cup and the USGA Women’s State Team.
Daniel Cheremnov – Hubbard, Ore.
In the 2016 Oregon Amateur, Cheremnov earned the 32nd overall seed in match, only to fall in the round of 32 to medalist Sulman Raza. This year, Cheremnov medaled in the third Oregon Amateur Qualifier, held at Tokatee Golf Club – gaining momentum as he heads to the Championship proper. Also in 2016, Cheremnov earned a top-25 finish at the Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship.
Summer Marshall – West Linn, Ore.
Marshall, an Oregon Junior Golfer who just graduated from West Linn High School, recently finished T2 at the OSAA 6A Girls Golf State Championship, also helping her team finish second. She’s one of two active Oregon Junior Golfers playing in this year’s Oregon Women’s Amateur, along with Kendall Freeman (Lake Oswego, Ore.).

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