SALEM, Ore. – Randy Mahar (Portland, Ore.) defeated Ken Forster (Salem, Ore.) 1-up on Friday to win the 35th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship, held this week at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, Ore.
Mahar, the No. 10 seed in match play, parred the 18th hole to defeat Forster, the stroke play medalist and No. 1 seed. The two players entered the final hole all-square in their championship match.
Mahar jumped out to a quick 2-up lead through four holes in Friday’s finals. Forster, playing at his home course, parred the ninth hole to cut Mahar’s lead to 1-up going into the back nine.
The final nine holes included chances for both players to win holes, but neither capitalized until the par-3 17th. With Forster already in with a par, Mahar missed his short chance to halve the hole, and the two went ahead to the 18th hole all-square.
On the 18th hole, both players had putting opportunities for birdie. Mahar nuzzled his birdie try just short of the hole, with his par given to him by Forster. Forster, putting for the win from just off the green, left his birdie chance four-feet short. His opportunity to extend the match to extra holes slid just by, with Mahar winning the title, 1-up.
Mahar joins Scott Hval as the only two men’s players in OGA history to win the Oregon Amateur, Oregon Mid-Amateur and Oregon Senior Amateur in their careers.
The three drop flights also had championship matches on Friday. In the Flight I final, John Olmstead (Tualatin, Ore.) defeated Peter Fyhrie (Beaverton, Ore.) 1-up. The Flight II final match saw Tom Heckler (Lake Oswego, Ore.) defeat David Milne (Beaverton, Ore.) 4&2, while the Flight III championship match featured Jon Carey (Monmouth, Ore.) beating Tom Yurovchak (Hillsboro, Ore.) 1-up.