Murphy in second entering Oregon Stroke Play finale
Rogue River’s Kevin Murphy, an Oregon State University golfer, stands tied for second place after the second round of the 64th Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship at Centennial Golf Club on Saturday.
Murphy matched his effort in the Open division on Friday with a 3-under-par 69 to join a crowded leaderboard with four others tied for second: Lake Oswego’s Riley Elmes, University of Oregon golfer Kevin Geniza of Corvallis, Oregon City’s Charlie Hillier and Oregon State’s Conner Kumpula of Albany.
All of them are a stroke behind leader Brian Humphreys of Washougal, Wash., who carded a 69 on Saturday. His round ended with consecutive birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.
Murphy had four birdies and one bogey on Saturday. He will tee off with Elmes and Hillier at 10:50 a.m. today.
Medford natives Reese Fisher and Jake Quast — who led after shooting an opening-round 66 — are tied for seventh place with two others.
Fisher, who shot a 70, eagled the 306-yard par-4 No. 13. Quast finished the day with two birdies and three bogeys en route to a 73.
Ashland’s Matt Hedges (71) is tied for 17th.
Defending champions Pat O’Donnell of Happy Valley (senior division), and Jim Dunlap of Beaverton (Master-40), lead their respective divisions.
O’Donnell was tied for second going into Saturday’s second round but quickly made up ground on the rest of the field. He finished with a 6-under-par 66 on Saturday, sitting 7-under for the championship.
His second round tied for the low round for any player in the event thus far, and included six birdies and no bogeys.
Also in the senior division, Ashland’s Marty Morlan shot a 78 and is tied for ninth place.
Dunlap had an up-and-down second round. His Saturday included seven bogeys, but he countered with five birdies. After 36 holes, he leads the Master-40 division with rounds of 72 and 74.
OPEN DIVISION (Top 10): 1, Brian Humphreys, Washougal, Wash., 68-69—137; T2, Kevin Geniza, Corvallis, 71-67—138, Charlie Hillier, Oregon City, 69-69—138, Riley Elmes, Lake Oswego, 69-69—138, Conner Kumpula, Albany, 67-71—138, Kevin Murphy, Rogue River, 69-69—138; T7, Justin Wiles, Klamath Falls, 70-69—139, Reese Fisher, Medford, 69-70—139, James M. Eyre, Salem, 73-66—139, Jake Quast, Medford, 66-73—139.
American Legion A Baseball
MONTANA 8, MEDFORD 2: At Laurel, Mont., the North Medford Mavericks face an elimination game today after stumbling during Day 2 of the American Legion A Northwest Regionals at Laurel High.
The Mavericks (32-24) play Grantsville, Utah, at 11 a.m. today.
Justin Geyer went 4-for-4 with a run for North Medford, which trailed 7-0 before getting on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.
Norman, Grenful (7) and Ray; Seney, Buchanan (7), Huffman (9) and Geyer, Robbins (8). W — Norman. L — Seney (6-3). 2B — B: Ray; M: Gassman, Geyer. 3B — B: Horvath, Nixon.
MARYSVILLE 5, MEDFORD 3: At Marysville, Calif., the Medford Rogues let an early lead slip away during Great West League action.
The Rogues (37-15) took a 3-1 lead in the third inning after Jaden Hanna's RBI single and Cameron Russ' two-run single. Marysville (26-27) rallied with two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the eighth.
The two teams play at 6:05 tonight.
Duncan, Pearce (6) and Teel; McCarthy, Kanamori (7) and Stratton. W — Kanamori. L — Pearce.
DWARF NATIONAL: At White City, Shawn Jones made it two for two on the weekend as he won the WCDCA Pro Dwarf Car main event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.
Jones also won on Friday night, and his win on Saturday came by a straightaway ahead of Ryan Winter and Gene "Punky" Pires.
WCDCA Pro Dwarf Cars — Heat Winners (10 laps)-Joe Frock, Michael Grenert, Camden Robustelli. A Dash (10 Laps)-David Teves. B Main (15 Laps)-Frock, Matt Sargent, Grenert, Ryan Winter, Matt Haggerman A Main (30 Laps)-Shawn Jones, Winter, Gene Pires, Danny Wagner, John Isabella, Teves.
WCDCA Veteran Dwarf Cars — Heat Winners (10 laps)-Mark Biscardi. A Dash (10 Laps)-Buddy Olschowka. A Main (20 Laps)-Tim Fitzpatrick, Kevin Miraglio, Scott Dahlgren, Biscardi, Kevin Bender.
WCDCA Sportsman Dwarf Cars — Heat Winners (10 laps)-Kyle Jones. A Dash (10 Laps)-Cody Peters. A Main (20 Laps)-Ben Wiesz, Peters, Jones, Ken Radabaugh, Tim Reeder.
OTRO Hardtops — Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Trevor Thomason. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Mark Minter. A Main (15 Laps)-Minter, Jimmy Del Castille, Dean Cass, Chris Mehrer, Brian Crouch.
WCDCA Pro Dwarf Cars — Heat Winners (10 laps)-David Teves, Shawn Jones, Brock Peters, Camden Robustelli. B Main (15 Laps)-Matt Sargent, Guy Tow Jr., Jeff Fitch. A Main (20 Laps)-Jones, Teves, Gene Pires Jr., John Isabella, Peters.
WCDCA Veteran Dwarf Cars — Heat Winners (10 laps)-Kevin Miraglio, Scott Dahlgren, Kevin Bender. A Main (20 Laps)-Eric Weisler, Buddy Olschowka, Tim Fitzpatrick, Dan Geil, Miraglio.
WCDCA Sportsman Dwarf Cars — Heat Winners (10 laps)-Cody Peters, Kyle Jones. A Main (20 Laps)-Peters, Ben Wiesz, Bud Lorenz, Tim Reeder, Sean Fuller.