Bills turns back Adams
Andy Atkinson photoJunior-Senior upset: Dixon downs Miller
Brad Bills, the 1993 Southern Oregon Golf Tournament men's champion,has that winning feeling buzzing within him again.
He likes the feeling.
Bills, 38, the boys and girls head golf coach at North Medford High,dispatched 1992 Southern Oregon men's champion Mike Adams of Portland 3and 2 on Saturday to advance to today's quarterfinals at Rogue Valley CountryClub.
Today, things started feeling good again for me, said Bills.I feel a lot like I did when I won in 1993. I'm playing pretty welland feeling confident.
Bills admitted it was a struggle to fend off the steady Adams, a memberof Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, and 1992 Southern Oregonmen's champion.
I knew it wouldn't be easy playing Mike, said Bills. He'sa fighter. He doesn't ever give up and he's tough. He may not have had hisA game going today, but he still made it a close match.
Bills will meet Kevin Klabunde, his assistant coach for North MedfordHigh's boys golf team, in today's quarterfinals. Asked if Klabunde's jobsecurity might be threatened if he beats his boss, Bills laughed and said,Yes. I might have to find a new assistant if he beats me.
Klabunde defeated Kelly McGee 8 and 7 on Saturday. The winner of thematch will meet the Doug Olson-Mark DeBoer winner in today's afternoon semifinals.
DeBoer defeated Pat Moore 7 and 6. DeBoer will have a new caddy today.Jay Klemp, who upset highly regarded Brooks Newsom 5-up on Friday, fellto Dave Kaplan 5 and 4 on Saturday.
Hopefully, Mark will listen to me, said Klemp, laughing.Although the way I putted today, I'm not sure he should.
I had a lot of chances, but I didn't make any putts, saidKlemp. I thought I hit some good putts, but they just wouldn't fall.It's frustrating for me after what happened yesterday.
In other championship flight matches, Mike Spiegl defeated Glen Clark1-up, Ian Parent downed Anthony Ulloa 2 and 1; John Ellsworth stopped StephenWood 4 and 3; and Doug Olson stopped Doug Luther — and 2.
Bills took an early 2-hole lead over Adams on the front nine, but Adamsrallied to win three holes and go 1-up.
Bills surged back to go 1-up after a birdie at 10. Adams and Bills halvedthe next four holes before Bills made a par on 15 to go 2-up. He closedout the match by making a par at 17 to tie Adams on the hole.
In the Junior-Senior Division, Dan Dixon of Rogue Valley registered theupset of the day with a 1-up victory over Greg Miller.
I shot 3-over (par) and still lost, said Miller.That'susually good enough to win in this division.
He (Dixon) played good golf, said Miller.
Dixon has really improved his game, said Rogue Valley headprofessional Jim Wise. I said before the tournament that he wouldbe a factor in this division.
Dixon will meet Jerry Cochrane today in the semifinals. Cochrane defeatedTerry Anderson 1-up.
In other quarterfinal matches, Tom Deathridge defeated John Johnson 4and 3; and Doug Ward downed Mark Binegar — and 2.
John Sunkin, James Johnson, Bob Harrell and Ron Dixon moved into thesemifinals of the Senior Division. Dunkin defeated George Mack 1-up; Johnsondowned Dave Town 1-up; Harrell stopped Hal McMaster 2 and 1; and Dixon turnedback Fred Johnson 1-up.
Dane Smith of Medford, who has been a consistent contender to win themen's division during the last decade, defeated Pat Murley 1-up on Saturdayin the First Flight. After the win, Smith sped away from Rogue Valley CountryClub in time to warm up his Dirt Modified car and compete in his divisionat Southern Oregon Speedway. Smith will play Ken Hernandez today and beback at the speedway tonight for more racing.
I love it, said Smith. All I need is a break at thespeedway. I've been breaking down the last few weeks, and I've gotten alittle cautious. You can't do that out there.
But The Great Dane, as he's known at the speedway, promiseshe won't get cautious on the golf course.