BANDON, ORE. (July 7, 2017) – Ellie Slama (Salem, Ore.) and Craig Ronne (Klamath Falls, Ore.) earned Oregon Junior Amateur titles Friday at the 87th Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur Championship, held this week at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
All championship matches held Friday took place on Bandon Dunes Golf Course.
For Slama, the win marks her second Oregon Junior Amateur Girls’ title – becoming just the third junior player to win multiple Oregon Junior Amateur championships since 1988. After falling in the round of 16 last year, Ronne, who won last week’s Oregon Junior Stroke Play, earns his first Oregon Junior Amateur title.
Slama, who won the 2015 Oregon Junior Amateur but fell in last year’s finals, faced Victoria Gailey (Tigard, Ore.) in this year’s championship match. Slama and Gailey have a storied history against each other; Gailey won the 2016 Oregon Junior Stroke Play with Slama earning second place, and just last week, Slama reversed that finish, winning this year’s edition with Gailey finishing in second.
Slama ultimately defeated Gailey, 4&3. Her second Oregon Junior Amateur title matches Gigi Stoll (2011, 2013, 2014 winner) and Kevin Miskimins (1987, 1988 winner) as the only players to win multiple Oregon Junior Amateur championships in the last 30 years. Slama is committed to play golf beginning this fall at Oregon State University.
Ronne earned his first Oregon Junior Amateur title by defeating Nate Stember (Portland, Ore.) 4&3. His win completes an impressive stretch for last year’s Hogan Cup co-medalist, as he won last week’s Oregon Junior Stroke Play title by seven shots, finishing at 12-under par for three days at the OGA Golf Course.
Ronne was the No. 3 seed in the Junior Boys’ championship bracket, while Stember was the No. 1 overall seed. Ronne currently has one year of high school remaining before beginning at the University of Oregon in the fall of 2018, where he’ll play golf for the 2016 NCAA champions.
Full Divisional Championship Match Results Junior Boys – Craig Ronne (Klamath Falls, Ore.) def. Nate Stember (Portland, Ore.) 4&3 Girls – Ellie Slama (Salem, Ore.) def. Victoria Gailey (Tigard, Ore.) 4&3 Boys – Isaac Buerger (Redmond, Ore.) def. Scotty Kennon (Bandon, Ore.) 4&3 Intermediate Girls – Baylee Hammericksen (Medford, Ore.) def. Franca Polla (Portland, Ore.) 2-up Intermediate Boys – Graham Moody (Vancouver, Wash.) def. Ethan Tseng (Portland, Ore.) 3&2 Pee Wee Girls – Jacinda Lee (Camas, Wash.) def. Natalie Yen (West Linn, Ore.) 1-up Pee Wee Boys – Adam Wrenn (Lake Oswego, Ore.) def. Lucas Vanderlip (Gold Beach, Ore.) 3&2