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Bills retains stroke play crown

On a day when most of the competitors struggled with their game, Brad Bills was a model of consistency.

Bills equaled his first round total on Sunday with a 1-under-par 69 to capture the Rogue Valley Stroke Play City Championship for the second consecutive year. He finished with a two-day total of 138 at the par-70, 6,223-yard Cedar Links Golf Club.

For runner-up Kelly Rasmussen, the end result was all too familiar.

Bills rallied from a deficit on the back-nine to take last year's title but turned the tables this year, building a lead and forcing Rasmussen and the rest to do the chasing.

You can count on Brad to not make mistakes, said Rasmussen, who tied Bills for the final round low of 69 after a 73 on Saturday. You know he's going to be there in the end.

Bret Breeze flirted with taking the lead on the back nine with a 2-under before dropping back and finishing the day at even-par 70. Breeze and Rasmussen finished tied at 142 but the handicap tiebreaker went to Rasmussen.

Bills lingered around even-par the entire round but had some problems on No. 5.

He found himself buried in sand and couldn't salvage the hole, ringing up his only double-bogey of the day.

Unlike the first round where Bills couldn't take advantage of the birdie opportunities on the back-nine, he put together a string of birdies on 12 through 14.

I just kept the ball in play, said Bills on Sunday's successful round. I hit the fairways most of the time and didn't get myself into any trouble.

I wasn't hitting the ball any better than yesterday but they just seemed to fall in there for me.

Rasmussen entered the final round in a four-way tie at 73 but he slowly separated himself from the pack with a successful back-nine.

He found the cup for a birdie on No. 14 and his eagle attempt on the 15th hole lipped out before settling for another birdie.

Rasmussen carried his hot streak into No. 18, but found the bunker on his second shot. He went to a little different approach to escape the sand but couldn't manage to find the green.

I used a putter to hit out, said Rasmussen, who ended the hole with a double-bogey. That was the first time I've tried that shot but the sand was as hard as a rock.

Despite the disappointing finish, Rasmussen couldn't complain about his day.

This was a fun day for me, said Rasmussen. I don't consider myself in the same league as some of these guys but it sure was a good time.

While some were having their way with the back-nine, Breeze struggled to the finish.

After climbing back into the hunt early on, he bogeyed No. 14 and 16 to fall back to even-par. Breeze had to sink a six-foot putt to save par on 17 and a well-executed chip shot saved him on the final hole.

I hit the ball well early, said Breeze, a five-time City Championship competitor. It was a struggle towards the end. It was such a long day.

Brooks Newsom, who shared the lead with Bills after Saturday, labored in the final round.

He triple-bogeyed the third hole and finished the front-nine 5-over-par.

Today was a struggle, said Newsom, who put up a 8-over-par 78 and finished out of the top 10. I never could find my shot.

Glen Clark, Russel Horn and Dan Dixon all shot 143 and finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Horn was 5-under-par early on but couldn't sustain it.

Justin Wise took fifth with a 144 after hovering around the top spot early on before slipping in the later holes.

Ryan Schaefer took eighth, Eric Austad ninth and Dave Wittkopf 10th, each carding a 146.

Lunetta Ah Sam took the ladies? title with a 166 and Bob Harrell grabbed the senior men's championship at 141.

— Sunday's Results


CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT -1, Brad Bills, 138; 2, Kelly Rassmussen, 142; 3, Bret Breeze, 142; 4, Glen Clark, 143; 5, Russel Horn, 143; 6, Dan Dixon, 143; 7, Justin Wise, 144; 8, Ryan Schaefer, 146; 9, Eric Austad, 146; 10, Dave Wittkopf, 146.


GROSS -1, Darrell Cooper, 149; 2, B.J. Boeck, 150; 3, Craig Knips, 150; 4, Robert Holland, 152; 5, Earl Patterson, 153.

— NET -1, Dan Johnson, 135; 2, Neil Smith, 136; 3, Tim Croft, 136; 4, Bobby Jones, 136; 5, David Krauss, 138.


GROSS -1, Ron Primasing, 162; 2, Don Vanderford, 163; 3, Franklin Corbin, 165; 4, Tony Hass, 166; 5, Jim McMeen, 166.

— NET -1, Dan Neves, 132; 2, Tim Moser, 134; 3, Bill Brickey, 134; 4, Lane Sims, 137; 5, Mike Miller, 137.

— K.P.

5 -0-5, Doug Olson; 6-11, Jason Cox; 12-up, Jim McMeen.


13 -0-5, Jerry Anderson; 6-11, Robert Holland; 12-up, Tim Schmidt.


GROSS -1, Bob Harrell, 141; 2, Mike Austin, 144.

— NET -1, Ken Bailey, 134; 2, Jim Howe, 135.


GROSS -1, Bob Schumaker, 160; 2, Tom Hitzelberger, 164.

— NET -1, Dick Champion, 130; 2, Gary Riley, 138.

— K.P.

2 -12-up, Sixto Rodriguez.


13 -0-11, Jim Howe; 12-up, Bob Schumaker.



GROSS -1, Lunetta Ah Sam, 166; 2, Traci Armitage, 179.

— NET -1, Darci Trimmer, 146; 2, Vicki Moffatt, 162.


GROSS -1, Shirley Baird, 177; 2, Janet Marlega, 203.

— NET -1, De Rider, 146; 2, Billie Christianson, 162.


4 -Lunetta Ah Sam.

Bills retains stroke play crown