Chianello Bests Field at 38th Oregon Senior Amateur

Greg Chianello took home the title at the 38th Oregon Senior Men’s Amateur Championship played Sept. 6-9 at Aspen Lakes Golf Club in Sisters, Ore. He defeated Russell Humphrey 1 up in Friday’s final to earn his first-ever victory in the event.


Greg Chianello

Chianello, from Portland, won five matches on his way to winning the competition, with the No. 21 seed checking off wins over No. 12 Scott Hval (2up), No. 5 Pat O’Donnell (7&6), No. 29 Mike Gleason (6&5) and No. 17 Jim Pliska (3&2).

Chianello took advantage of a pair of Humphrey bogeys on holes Nos. 1 and 5 for an early 2up advantage in the final for the Championship Bracket.

Humphrey, the defending champion from Lodi, Calif., narrowed the lead after winning hole No. 7, but faltered again on the next two holes and Chianello took a 3up advantage into the turn.

The second nine saw Humphrey win holes Nos. 10 and 14 to cut into the lead. The two players halved the remaining holes to finish with the 1up result.

Vancouver’s Tim Oneal was the individual medalist in the stroke play qualifying which took place Tuesday. He posted a 3-under par 69 to take the top spot in the match play bracket.

Happy Valley’s Brian Leff won the Flight I final over Denny Taylor, 6&4. Also victorious on the day were Jeff Crosier in Flight II, Carl Madore in Flight III, Ralph Henderson in Flight IV.

Next up on the local amateur championship schedule is the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier set for Sept. 12. Another event this month on the OGA Championship schedule is the 38th Oregon Net Championship. Both of those competitions will be played at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn.