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Valk, Holman post top marks

Keith Valk called his below-par round of golf Tuesday a team effort.

The 55-year-old was quick to credit his chiropractor for straightening out his bad back, and his caddie for properly reading the greens that led to Tuesday's low round.

Most of all, Valk can thank the third member of the team ' himself ' for the 3-under-par 69 that led the way in the senior men's local qualifying stage of the 76th Southern Oregon Golf Tournament at Rogue Valley Country Club.

The course is set up pretty easy, said Valk, a first-time competitor in the senior division, who topped Dan Dixon by four strokes. I just hit it straight and tried not to hit it too hard.

It was fun out there today.

— Marshall Holman also found the RVCC's No. — course to his liking by posting a 1-under 71 to top the junior-senior division, while Glen Clark shot an even-par 72 to edge out Bret Breeze's 74 in regular men's division qualifying.

The tournament, which is the largest single-site match-play competition in the United States, features more than 400 golfers in men, junior-senior men, senior men, women and senior women divisions.

Out-of-town men and the women's qualifying portion is today, with match play starting Thursday and the championship round Monday.

Holman, who beat out David Boals by one stroke for top junior-senior honors, had one of the more spectacular finishes Tuesday.

The bowling legend, who was 3-over after 10, used an 8-iron to record a hole-in-one on the 184-yard 11th. Holman moved back to 3-over after back-to-back bogies on the 13th and 14th, but eagled the 16th and birdied his final two holes.

It was a pretty bizarre round of golf, said Holman, who had his only other ace two years ago on the ninth hole at RVCC. Golf is such a strange game.

Holman credits the remarkable shot on 11 ' junior-senior competitor David Orr also aced the hole ' for turning his game around.

It kind of carried over from there, he said. You never expect to make (a hole-in-one). You're living in a delusional world if you think you can just get up there and hit one. It's the ultimate thrill when you do.

Valk didn't have the finish Holman did, and he has scored better at RVCC.

But just being physically able to perform was his first priority.

I blew a disc in my back about two months ago, said Valk, who posted a round of 64 on the course about five years ago. I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to play.

My chiropractor (Neil Towne) has done a great job putting me back into shape.

Valk was at 5-under entering the 17th, only to double-bogey and settle for the 69.

You can see what (the round) might have been, he said. But I was happy with how things went. I hope to keep it together for the next few days.

Clark, who shared top qualifying honors last year, was consistent enough to notch the low round amidst a number of average scores in the regular men's division.

I was kind of surprised, said Clark on watching his score hold up. The course was not set up that tough.

I was pretty steady ... a couple of birdies, a couple of bogies. It was just an average round of golf.

But can the 10-time SOGT competitor continue his winning pace?

Ya never know, Clark said. Once you get into match play, anything can happen.

Tuesday's Qualifying Results

REGULAR MEN

Glen Clark 72, Bret Breeze 74, Adam Browne 74, Tim Croft 74, Marty Morlan 74, Brad Bills 75, Todd Couch 75, Lance Fowler 75, Todd Neilson 75, Brodie Sullivan 75, Eric Austad 76, Mark Deboer 76, Todd Dixon 76, Eric Ford 76, Jay Klemp 76, Mark Wilson 76, Mark Degner 77, Kevin Dixon 77, Jeff Batty 79, Brian Brutke 79, Doug Olson 79, Hank Munn 80, Michael Bauer 81, David Culbertson 81, Ralph Wallis 81, Derek Zwagerman 81, Chris Campbell 82, Rick Hutchins 82, Keith Lallo 83, Michael Vassallo 83, Chris Adderson 84, Jeff Dahl 94, Tim Hiem 84, Mill Maentz 84, Todd Ostenson 84, Rich Warner 84, Dan Westbrook 84, Rick Dyer 85, Steve Bernard 85, Eric Artner 86, Iam Parent 86, Dennis Richards 86, Jim Essany 87, Chris Lallo 87, Rob Neff 87, Brent Barr 88, Bobby Foote 88, Ryan Suvoy 88, David Lorenz 89, Jeremiah Paladino 89, Scott Reed 89, Allen Satterfield 89, Fritz Schuler 89, RJ Glover 90, John Ross 90, Kerry Curtis 91, Mike O'Grady 91, Scott Knight 91, Chris DuFour 92, Scott rd 94, Chad Cota 92, Mitch Parsons 92, Clinton Gridley 94, Scott Hansen 94, Cary Preston 95, Jon Reed 95, Mike Gallagher 96, Tyler Mitchell 96, Darren Ravassipour 96, Craig Fox 97, Jeff Morgan 97, Thomas Hamlin 99, Chris Ginder 101, Todd Holton 103, Bob Hebble 104, Steve Lytle 113, Timothy Mattingly 115

JUNIOR-SENIORS

Marshall Holman 71, David Boals 72, Pat Moore 76, Kelly Owen 76, David Street 76, Bob Cox 79, David Orr 79, Kelly Rasmussen 79, Mark Holden 80, Edward Istel 80, Benny Sullivan 80, Wayne Van Wey 80, Doug Engle 81, Steve Watkins 81, Paul Chitwood 82, Bill Shevlin 82, Dennis Slattery, Scott Cuthburtson 83, Scott Saxon 83, Steve Wkwall 84, Steve Boldish 85, Buck Brigham 85, Jerry Quast 85, Norm Veronneau 85, Brian Adolph 86, Bret DeForest 86, Ron Moore 86, Doug Hartley 87, Jerry Johnson 88, Tim Mort 88, Lloyd Thompson 88, Mike Arant 89, Ray Figueira 89, Bob George 89, Brian Johns 89, Kevin Klabunde 81, Craig Black 90, Don Dow 90, Ed Murphy 90, Don Pinkham 90, Jeff Works 90, Mike Confer 91, Dan Fowler 91, Jim Palazzolo 91, Tim Trower 91, Shane Thurston 92, Les Cracraft 93, Rick Holcom 93, JJ Jones 93, Tom Mayer 93, David Rowland 93, Robert Skinner 93, Tony Nieto 95, Dave Thorndike 95, Joel Engleson 97, Larry Bosworth 98, Craig Prewitt 98, John McCoy 98, Fred Moran 98, Manava Siliga 100, Rod Smith 101

SENIOR MEN

Keith Valk 69, Dan Dixon 73, Bob Harrell 74, Tom Hamlin 76, Dick Brekke 78, Jerry Cochrane 78, Larry Garvin 79, Bob Maentz 79, Ron Dixon 80, Dick Melville 80, Jim Quincy 81, Terry Angerson 82, Dick Entinger 83, Mike Austin 84, John Johnson 84, Dane Smith 84, Larry Collins 85, Bob Crews 85, Bill Doss 85, Brooks Hodapp 85, Len Merryman 85, Stan Smith 85, Jim Stough 85, David Rasmussen 86, Sixto Rodriguez 86, Phil Austin 87, Jim Buck 87, Jim Garrison 87, Fred Johnson 87, Ken Bailey 88, Leon Flinchpaugh 88, Ron Primasing 88, Gary Redden 88, Steve Ausland 89, Jerry Bramwell 89, Nick Karrick 89, Mike Kirkpatrick 89, John Jensen 90, Pete Amorde 91, Tom Barry 91, Jim Cox 91, Gary Klouda 91, Scott Weaver 91, John Anhorn 93, Jim Barry 93, Bob DuMilieu 93, Bernie Fraser 93, Charlie Mickelson 93, Mike Jantzer 94, John Kruesi 94, Wally Hicks 95, Bob Kaczor 95, John Kilroy 96, Paul Schleinitz 96, Rick Hendricks 97, Bob Reed 97, Mike Trovato 97, Ben Watrus 98, Larry Boeck 99, Bob Hutchins 99, Mike Parsons 100, Ken Ratcliff 100, Gary Bendickson 101, Lee Flink 102, Louis Burns 105,Bill Deathrage 106, Roger Franklin 106, Ron Lillesve 108,

REGULAR WOMEN

Cris Kohler 95, Marnie Mason 100, Diane Tucker 103

SENIOR WOMEN

Mary Botsford 96, Peggy Tomlins 103, Joy Simms 106

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Terry Anderson?s attempt to maneuver through a cluster of trees toward the 17th hole goes awry as this shot eventually ends up in the bunker. Anderson is one of the top contenders in the senior men?s division of the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament. Mail Tribune / Jim Craven - Mail Tribune Jim Craven