Willamette Valley Country Club Set to Host 113th Oregon Amateur Championship

The Oregon Golf Association will administer the 113th playing of the Oregon Amateur Championship June 20-25 at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby. The 2022 men’s field features 114 players, including five former Oregon Amateur champions. The women’s field includes 40 players.


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Nate Stember
Nate Stember is the defending men's champion.

This year marks the fifth time that the venerable private club will serve as host to an Oregon Amateur Championship. The event was previously held there in 1971, 1985, 1998 and 2010.

Brent Whittaker, the OGA’s Senior Director of Tournament Operations, says this event will again showcase of the best amateur players in the region.

“Willamette Valley’s layout has the length to provide a good test for the field,” Whittaker said. “We have some of the top juniors, college, mid-amateur and senior players ready to compete for the title of Oregon Amateur Champion.”

Both the men and women compete in 36 holes of stroke play qualifying on Monday and Tuesday, which will determine the low 64 qualifiers for the men and the low 32 qualifiers for the women. If necessary, a playoff will be held for the last spot into match play or medalist.

Round one of match play begins Wednesday, June 22. The men’s division plays rounds two and three on Thursday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Friday, and the 36-hole final match on Saturday.

There are five former Oregon Am champions in the men's field: Nate Stember (2021 – Bandon Trails GC), Spencer Tibbits (2019 – Portland GC), Robbie Ziegler (2018 – Bend GC), Connor Barr (2016 – Black Butte Glaze Meadow) and Jack Dukeminier (2011 – Waverley CC).

Stember is seeking to become the first men's player to win back-to-back Oregon Am titles since Nick Chianello accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013. “I am familiar with Willamette Valley having played the venue a lot in OGA Junior Golf competitions,” Stember said. “It’s one of my favorite country clubs in Oregon. I’m excited to try and defend the title at a place I’ve known for so long.”

Amanda Jacobs (2020 – Columbia Edgewater CC) and Krissy Carman (2016 – Black Butte Ranch Glaze Meadow) are a pair of former champions that highlight the women’s field.

TENNANT TO DEFEND TITLE AT OREGON SENIOR WOMEN'S AMATEUR

Additionally, the 39th Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will also be played at Willamette Valley CC, with that competition scheduled to take place June 22-25. It includes one stroke play qualifying round, followed by three rounds of match play.


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Leading that field is the five-time defending champion, Lara Tennant, who is looking to add a sixth title in as many years. Former champions Anita Rosemeyer (2016), Leilani Norman (2013, 2015) and Marcia Fisher (2004) add to an exceptional 22-player senior women’s field.

Lara Tennant
Lara Tennant has won five consecutive Oregon Senior Women's Amateurs.

“Willamette Valley is a great venue for our state championships. We are so fortunate to be competing on a course of its caliber,” Tennant said.

Tennant’s five career senior women’s titles are second only to Joan Edwards-Powell who won six (1997, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009). But Tennant still stands alone in the history books as no other player has won five consecutive titles.

“I am approaching this tournament as I do any competition with the goal of playing my very best. I won't focus on breaking any sort of record as that just serves as a distraction,” Tennant added. “I just want to enjoy the competition and the wonderful golf course we are playing.”

The last time the event was held at Willamette Valley CC was 2010, a year where Paul Peterson and Monica Vaughn took home men's and women's titles. WVCC hosted the 1998 champion where Jeff Quinney and Kathleen Takaishi winning their respective division crowns.

In 1985, Tim Hval and Marcia Fisher won championships in what was the second time WVCC hosted the event. Jim Brady and Mary Budke were victors in 1971, the first time the Oregon Am was played at WVCC.

This is the second time that the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur will be played at WVCC. Leah Frajola won the 1985 title in the second year of the competition’s existence.

Live scoring, photos and summaries will be available at OGA.org throughout the week.

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