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Hansen breezes to junior golf crown

Eugene's Jeff Hansen showed just a glimpse of his game in Monday's first round that had him tied for the lead at the Southern Oregon Junior Golf Tournament.

In Tuesday's final round of the 16-17-year-old boys division, Hansen brought out the rest of the package and pulled away from the field with a 5-under-par round of 66.

Hansen's two-day total of 6-under 136 put him nine strokes ahead of second-place finisher Nate Westfall of Sand Pines at the revamped par-71 course at Rogue Valley Country Club.

The 17-year-old fell just two strokes shy of the all-time low round of 64 with Tuesday's effort, although construction on No. 12 has temporarily shortened par for the course by one stroke.

Hansen carded a 35 on the front nine and then finished with a 4-under par 31 on the backside but actually had to scramble to get there.

I hit horrible on the last three holes, said Hansen, a senior-to-be at Churchill High. I was 1-under on the last four holes but I could have finished a lot better.

Hansen used skill and a little luck on the 15th. He couldn't find his ball after the first shot but finally retrieved it from behind a tree.

After an aggressive approach that narrowly missed another tree, Hansen drilled a 30-foot putt to save par.

I really hit the ball well today, Hansen said of his overall game Tuesday. I was a little too aggressive at the end but I'm still pleased with how I played.

Rogue Valley Country Club's Noah Horstman was the highest finishing local competitor.

Horstman followed up Monday's 74 with a 75 in the second round. His two-day total of 149 left him in fifth place overall.

Horstman, 16, played it conservative on the front nine but couldn't take advantage of some opportunities on the back side.

The incoming junior at South Medford High, followed up pars on Nos. 13 and 14 with a poor 15th.

His second shot clipped some trees and traveled only about 50 yards on the par-5, 353-yard hole. He then found the bunker but was able to wedge out on the next shot. Horstman's bogey attempt lipped out, forcing him to settle for a double-bogey.

I struggled with my putting today, said Horstman. I just hit everything too hard and was too aggressive.

Horstman settled down on the 16th with a birdie after just missing his eagle attempt, but couldn't continue that momentum as he bogeyed No. 17 and closed with a par on the 18th.

Grants Pass? Geoff Davis finished tied for sixth at 150 with LaPine's Adam Martin, who was tied for the lead with Hansen after the first round but fell from the top after a second-round 80.

RVCC's Tony Guiliano edged into 10th with a 153 after a 1-over-par 73 day.

In the girls? 15-17-year-old division, Riverside's Kerri Breslin extended her Day — lead to 10 strokes en route to a 153.

Amy Mombert of Bend took second at 163 and Grants Pass? Danae Thomason took third with a 169. RVCC's Kacey Clark finished fourth at 177 and Stewart Meadows? Ellen Dowe grabbed fifth with a 186. RVCC's Natalie Botsford finished seventh at 187.

Scott Wall, Riverside, took the 14-15-year-old boys division with a 151 while RVCC's Lance Fowler's 159 earned him a sixth-place tie.

Jesse Schutte's 155 earned him the top spot in 12-13 intermediate division and Jack Dukeminier grabbed the Pee Wee boys title with an 80.

Ashland's Stephanie Johns, 13, eased to the title by 13 strokes in the girls 12-14 division with a 172. Medford's Kacie Kinney placed fourth at 198.

— Tuesday's Results

Boys 16-17

TOP 10 -1, Jeff Hansen, Eugene, 35-31?66, 136; 2, Nate Westfall, Sand Pines, 35-35?70, 145; 3, Chris Dukeminier, Eugene, 40-33?73, 146; 4, Eddie Kreipe, North Woods, 39-37?76, 147; 5, Noah Horstman, RVCC, 38-37?75, 149; 6, (tie) Geoff Davis, Grants Pass, 35-38?73, Adam Martin, Quail Run, 38-42?80, George Yerkovich, Riverside, 38-35?73, 150; 9, Greg Hamilton, Reames, 39-38?77, 151; 10, Tony Guiliano, RVCC, 39-34?73, 153.

— Boys 14-15

TOP 10 -1, Scott Wall, Riverside, 39-35?74, 151; 2, Colin Tucker, Langdon Farms, 37-38?75, 152; 3, Matt Fladwood, Juniper, 35-38?73, 153; 4, (tie) Patrick Jovin, Ocean Dunes, 42-40?82, Zach Pena, 37-39?76, 157; 6, (tie) Andy Patchin, Portland, 39-39?78, Lance Fowler, RVCC, 41-40?81, 159; 8, Cole Peyton, Tualatin, 36-40?76, 161; 9, Brader Weatherhead, Creekside, 42-43?85, 164; 10, Tyler Robinson, Roseburg, 45-38?83, 165.

— Boys 12-13

TOP 5 -1, Jesse Schutte, 38-43?81, 155; 2, Dustin Andres, 44-39?83, 164; 3, Nick Yerkovich, 42-40?82, 165; 4, Austin Jagels, 42-40?82, 171; 5, Blaine Corkill, 41-42?83, 172.

— Pee Wee Boys

TOP 5 -1, Jack Dukeminier, 37-43?80; 2, Sean Jover, 46-48?94; 3, Christian Bernard, 51-46?97; 4, Justin Smitherhisler, 50-49?99; 5, Tyler Jagels, 49-54?103.

— Girls 15-17

TOP 10 -1, Kerri Breslin, Riverside, 39-35?74, 153; 2, Amy Mombert, Bend, 39-39?78, 163; 3, Danae Thomason, Grants Pass, 38-42?80, 169; 4, Kacey Clark, RVCC, 47-43?90, 177; 5, Ellen Dowe, Stewart Meadows, 51-42?93, 186; 6, Natalie Botsford, RVCC, 43-46?89, 187; 7, (tie) Jody Luce, Grants Pass, 49-48?97, 190, Carly Wright, Grants Pass, 46-43?89, 190; 9, Jennifer Gaston, Roseburg, 48-49?97, 195; 10, Amy Faulkner, Grants Pass, 48-52?100, 206.

— Girls 12-14

TOP 6 -1, Stephanie Johns, 43-44?87, 172; 2, Molly Edmunds, 49-44?93, 185; 3, Emily Vaughn, 48-54?102, 195; 4, Kacie Kinney, 50-47?97, 198; 5, Lindy Merida, 55-52?107, 213; 6, Caroline Keating, 58-51?109, 219.