Playing in Familiar Territory, Ken Forster Earns Oregon Senior Amateur Medalist Honors
SALEM, Ore. – Ken Forster (Salem, Ore.) earned medalist honors at his home course during stroke play qualifying at the 35th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship, held this week at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, Ore.
With stroke play qualifying complete, the event now advances to match play. The top-32 scores are in the championship bracket, while the rest of the field competes in flighted brackets.
Forster, a member at Illahe Hills, fired a scorching 5-under par 67 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors and the No. 1 seed in match play. The retired teacher is a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Hall of Fame, with OGA wins including the 1990 Oregon Mid-Amateur and OGA Tournament of Champions. He’s been the PNGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year twice, in 2002 and 2003.
Earning second place during stroke play qualifying was Scott Alford (Camas, Wash.). He finished at 3-under par for 18 holes, finishing with a 69. Four players shot 71 and finished at 1-under par: Mike Fritz (Portland, Ore.), Bob Harrington (Portland, Ore.), Grayson Karsten (Ridgefield, Wash.) and George White (Vancouver, Wash.).
As defending champion, Harrington agreed to the No. 2 seed in match play before stroke play qualifying began.
Five-time champion Pat O’Donnell (Happy Valley, Ore.) shot 72 (E) and easily advanced to the championship bracket. Last year’s runner-up, Tim O’Neal (Vancouver, Wash.) shot 74 (+2) and also finished in the top-32.
Seven players tied for the final four spots in the championship bracket at 6-over par. After a playoff, Mark Bowler (Portland, Ore.), Jack Schneider (Oregon City, Ore.), Todd Strible (Bend, Ore.) and Kim Wenger (Eugene, Ore.) advanced.
The championship bracket will play round of 32 and round of 16 matches on Wednesday, with quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Thursday. The 18-hole final will take place Friday.