The Southern Oregon Golf Championships are a family tradition for Aubrie Street.
The 24-year-old former Rogue Valley resident grew up watching her dad and other family members compete in the annual week-long match-play event that concludes on Labor Day.
Street, now a consultant living in Atlanta, advanced into the semifinals of the women’s championship division of the 88th edition of the tournament at Rogue Valley Country Club Saturday with a 4 and 3 victory over Christina Herd.
Today, Street will face former two-time tournament champion Kelly Loeb, a 5 and 4 winner over Julia Tissen in the quarterfinals.
In the the bottom of the women’s bracket, Marla Parmele, a long-time Medford teaching professional, upset another former champion, Trina Jones, in a come-from-behind 1-up victory.
Leslie Gainey, representing the Eagle Point Golf Club, held off Terry Levis for a 1-up win to complete the semifinal pairings.
Street took command of her match with Herd by sinking a 30-foot eagle putt on the 10th hole to go 3-up in her fifth tournament appearance. Street was runner-up to Daniele Giles last year.
Street gave away one hole before winning the 14th and 15th to end the match.
“It was a solid performance,” said Street. “I made a lot of pars and had a strong finish.”
Street is a 2010 St. Mary’s graduate who played collegiate golf at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
“It ‘s been a tradition growing up,” said Street about the SOGC. “I like to come back to the valley and play.”
Street has a history with Loeb — defeating the Eagle, Idaho, golfer the previous two years.
“How far I hit it is my strong point,” said Street. “If I can make a few putts, I should be in good shape.”
After 25 years of being a professional, Parmele, 60, just got her amateur status back three weeks before to be eligible for the tournament for the first time in decades.
“I’ve been playing well and playing a lot,” said Parmele, who trailed Jones by two holes coming into the par-5 16th.
Parmele was positioned above the green in three shots on the 388-yard hole, then hit a fortuitous chip shot that rolled to within two feet of the cup. She made the putt for her par while Jones missed a 12-footer for par from the fringe.
“I hit a poor chip that worked out really well,” said Parmele about winning the 16th.
On the par-4, 302-yard 17th, both players blasted their drives near the center of the fairway about 100 yards out. Parmele’s second shot landed on the green 15 feet from the cup, while Jones came up short of the green. Parmele putted to within six inches of the hole for a give-me and the match pulled all square when Jones could not sink her 10-foot putt.
Approach shots proved to be the difference on the par-4 closing hole. Both golfers hit drives near the center of the fairway that were about 125 yards from the hole. Parmele fired a low approach that checked up to within a foot of the cup while Jones’ shot went about seven feet past. Jones conceded Parmele’s birdie then pushed her putt to the left to end the match.
“I had good vision of the pin,” said Parmele. “I just needed to execute.”
Parmele and Jones are friends and very familiar with each other’s game.
“(Jones) is one of the toughest matches,” said Parmele “We go back and forth. It’s always a battle.”
In a matchup of SOGC legends in the super-senior championship, 12-time tournament winner George Mack of Portland defeated last year’s champion — retired Medford dentist Greg Miller, 3 and 2.
Mack, 77, first played in the tournament as a 19-year-old and has participated in just about every tournament since.
The match ended on the 16th when Miller flew his second shot way left of the green, then chipped over the green with his ball resting against a clump grass near a water hazard. When Miller’s next shot just went a few inches, he tossed his ball in the water and said “good match” in conceding to Mack.
“My short game was really good today,” said Mack. “I kept it in play and didn’t make many mistakes.”
Mack, who has won all four men’s divisions, is looking for his fifth super-senior championship in the eight years of the classification.
Mack has his sights set on the legend division starting up next year for those 75 and up.
“The age difference is tough,” said Mack, who is competing against some golfers more than 10 years younger in the super-seniors. “I’ve won all four divisions. My goal is to win a fifth division.”
Mack will face Doug Ward, a 3 and 2 winner over Dan Dixon, in Monday’s finals.
Two-time defending senior champion Kevin Klabunde of Medford moved on to the semifinals with a 4 and 3 win over former champion Mark Wilson.
Klabunde got off to a fast start by winning the first two holes with par and a birdie on the third to go 3-up after three holes. After birdies on holes 9 and 10, Klabunde had built an insurmountable four-hole lead.
“I feel I’m playing better now than at the club championship two or three weeks ago,” said Klabunde. “I feel pretty good about my game.”
Klabunde will face Brent Barr, a 1-up winner over Marty Morlan.
Glen Clark, the 2014 senior winner, advanced to the semifinals with a 3 and 2 victory over Bob Hyer. Clark plays Bob Dickey, a 2 and 1 winner against Ken Stringer.
In the men’s regular division, 2014 winner Chris Polski defeated Jon Robinson, 4 and 2, and will play Jimmy White, a 5 and 4 winner against Alfonso Powers, in today’s semifinals. The other semifinal will have Joey Walker, a 6 and 5 winner against Matt Eschenbacher, and Houston Knox, who defeated Noah Brooks, 3 and 2.
In the junior-seniors, defending champion Steve Taormino of Grants Pass downed David Cuttrell, 4 and 2. Taormino plays Todd Dixon, a 2 and 1 winner over Johnny Mansfield, in the semifinals. In the other matches, Ryan Hawkins, a Grants Pass native who now lives in Sherwood, knocked off last year’s champion Bret Breeze of Medford, 1-up, and Ty Kohler defeated Rich Stremming, 1-up.
In senior women, Sandy Day defeated Sue Hunter, 5 and 4; LaVone Kirkwood downed Deb Stuart, 3-up; Carolyn Turner won 7 and 6 over Michelle Sandifur; and Shelley Lehrkind was a 3 and 2 winner against Alice Hunt.
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Chris Polski def. Jon Robinson 4 & 2, Jimmy White def. Alfonso Powers 5 & 4, Joey Walker def. Matt Eschenbacher 6 & 5, Knox Houston def. Noah Brooks 3 & 2.
MEN’S FIRST FLIGHT
Will Street def. Jordan Anderson 4 & 3, Gerry Snyder def. Justin Wise 2 up, David Croft def. Kevin Blum 4 & 3, Ryan Whittaker def. Taylor Klemp 5 & 4.
MEN’S SECOND FLIGHT
Joshua Pean def. Brandt Cullen 1 up, Michael Green def. Jake Grondin 3 & 2, Alec Williamson def. Mike Snowden 1 up, Scott Weiland def. Logan Artner 1 up.
MEN’S THIRD FLIGHT
Cody Stover def. Matthew Breceda 6 & 5, Eric Boucher def. Mark Pederson 3 & 2, Mark McUne def. Christopher Ellis 1 up, Eric Engelbach def. Scott Cordeiro 2 & 1.
MEN’S FOURTH FLIGHT
Jacob Gooding def. Jason Hanlin 1up, Nick Nieto def. Matthew Tennant 3 & 1, Jason Caplan def. Eric Bottero 2 up, Chase Schumacher def. Kody Kiesz 4 & 3.
MEN’S FIFTH FLIGHT
Justin Hanlin def. Dylan Schwarm 1 up, Chad Day def. Gauge Meadows 6 & 5, Ian Norgan def. Morgan Hawkins 1 up, Dustin Wallace def. Robert Galli 1 up.
MEN’S SIXTH FLIGHT
Isaac Wecker def. Tanner Lawton 3 & 2, Collin Krueger def. Josh Huffman 1 up, Shawn Shumate def. Charlie Walker 1 up, Eric Linerud def. Scott Sterton 5 & 4.
MEN’S SEVENTH FLIGHT
Chris Williams bye, Stephen Odell def. Josh Godfrey 4 & 3, Scott Mettler def. John Collondrez 3 & 2, Jeremy Ross def. Jim Corbett 3 & 2
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Steve Taormino def. David Cuttrell 4 & 2, Todd Dixon def. Johnny Mansfield 2 & 1, Ryan Hawkins def. Bret Breeze 1 up, Ty Kohler def. Richard Stremming 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Justin Azevedo def. Erick Doolen 1 up, Todd Couch def. Tim Arnesberg 3& 2, Robb Neff def. Brooks Gard 2 & 1, Mark Mullaney def. Jim Mansfield 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Andy Baida def. Tom Mayer 5 & 4, Phillip Heiner def. Don Shanklin 1 up, Ted Stark def. Bobby Foote 2 & 1, Mike Stavish def. Mike Walker 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT
Joe Arnesen def. Chris Dufour 4 & 3, Billy Burke def. Rick Dyer 1 up, Joe Mahar def. Hank Munn 1 up, Ralph Wallis def. Eddie Bostwick 19th.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Rick Jackson def. John Barry 2 & 1, Greg Jacobs def. Don Boucher 20th, Jonathan Stark def. Brian Sherrill 5 & 4, Keith Lallo def. Scott Entinger 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT
Ken Lindbloom def. Scott Loyd 1 up, Benny Shapiro def. Joe Davis 4 & 3, Dennis Richards def. Jason Rowan 1 up, Ron Stranahan def. Ed Lindbloom 3 & 2.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Daryn Clark def. Ian Powers 1 up, Tom Jones def. Kirk Andersen 2 & 1, Jad Dickson def. Jim Retzlaff 4 & 3, Jack Lewis def. David Mettler 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT
Michael Diehl bye, James Figueroa def. Erik Stamm 3 & 1, Jason Miller def. Lanny Binney 2 & 1, Milo Smith def. Kevin Primerano 2 & 1.
MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Kevin Klabunde def. Mark Wilson 4 & 3, Brent Barr def. Marty Morlan 1 up, Glen Clark def. Bob Hyer 3 & 2, Bob Dickey def. Ken Stringer 2 & 1.
MEN’S SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Bob Cox def. Scott Moore 1 up, Bret Mackay def. John Justin 6 & 5, Brad Bills def. Ken VanDaam 1 up, Marshall Holman def. Lance Hunter 1up.
MEN’S SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Neill Smith def. Randy Rupert 4 & 2, Tony Nieto def. Greg Cotton 2 up, David Street def. Jeffrey Blum 3 & 2, Rich Mettler def. Scott Keller 1 up.
MEN’S SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT
Bruce Mendelson bye, Bill Allen def. Ron Merryman 2 & 1, John Root def. Doug Hartley 1 up, Rick McCabe def. Mike McGrath 1 up.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
George Mack def. Greg Miller 3 and 2, Doug Ward def. Dan Dixon 3 & 2.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Ross Cooley def. Kenny Weist 1 up, Herman Holm def. Scott Mayfield 5 & 4.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Patrick Daggitt def. Larry Garvin 2 & 1, Richard Brekke def. Stephen Boldish 2 & 1, Stan Sherer def. Scott Swendiman 21st, Gordon Empey def. Michael Goldman 19th.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT
Dodd Samuel def. Robert Galusha 2 & 1, Jim McCabe def. Stephen Warrington 1 up, Tom Hamlin def. Gary Smith 2 & 1, Dick Entinger def. John Kruesi 1 up.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Jim Hatton def. Ron Dixon 1 up, Stephen Cummins def. Terry Rasmussen 4 & 3.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT
Ken Linden def. Jim Quincy 6 & 5, Alex Bellen def. Mark Fawver 1 up.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Don Mitchell def. Larry Schmaltz 3 & 2, Gary Bates def. Steve Skinner 3 & 2.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT
Tom Michaels def. George Parsons 1 up, Bud Adler def. Don Clark 2 up.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR EIGHTH FLIGHT
Conrad Caprez def. Dwight Samuel 2 & 1, Dan Kosmatka def. Robert Lehrkind 4 & 2, Rodger Campuzano def. Patrick O’Brien 5 & 3, John Jensen def. David Rasmussen 3 & 2.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR NINTH FLIGHT
David Runyon def. Phil Gossner 5 & 3, Michael Confer def. John Pesenti 4 & 3, Michael Trovato def. Wendell Towe 2 & 1, Jim Barry def. Walt Packard 2 & 1.
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Kelly Loeb def. Julia Tissen 5 & 4, Aubrie Street def. Christina Herd 4 & 3, Leslie Gainey def. Terry Levis 1 up, Marla Parmele def. Trina Jones 1 up.
WOMEN’S FIRST FLIGHT
Tracie Armitage bye, Genna Mettler def. Tonia Waldron 1 up, Toni Watkins bye, Toni Doolen def. Lindsey Crosier 2 & 1.
WOMEN’S SECOND FLIGHT
Michele Orrico def. Mindy Cuttrell 2 &1, Melinda Heiner def. Barbara Stormo 1 up, Laura Rommes def. Laura Pinkham 3 & 2, Susie Hammitt def. Marnie Binney 7 & 6.
WOMEN’S THIRD FLIGHT
Ashley Snowden bye, Bridgitte Griffin-Azevedo def. Vicki Moffatt 1 up, Colleen Holbert bye, Kirsten Reed def. Francie Bostwick 1 up.
WOMEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Sandy Day def. Sue Hunter 5 & 4, LaVonne Kirkwood def. Deb Stuart 3-up, Carolyn Turner def. Michelle Sandifur 7 & 6, Shelley Lehrkind def. Alice Hunt 3 & 2.
WOMEN’S SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Marianne Metzger def. Karen Fay 2 & 1, Tina Blum def. Janet Hughes 1 up, Bogey Loyd def. Sharon Swartsley 1 up, Annette VanDaam def. Julie Schamanek 4 & 3.
WOMEN’S SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Janet Stark def. Dana Carrigan 1 up, Maureen McFaddin def. Cathy Trower 1 up, Susan Stringer def. Tammie Allen 3 & 2, LeeAnn Loftin def. Jane Wesley-Brooks 3 & 2.
WOMEN’S SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT
Nancy Gish bye, Dana McIntosh def. Deanna St. Martin 1 up, Nancy Cotton def. Becky Barry 5 & 4, Barb Reed def. Judi Yazzi 1 up.
Reach reporter Frank Silow at 541-776-4480 or firstname.lastname@example.org