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Klabunde, Holm win in rematches

The title matches came early in the 87th Southern Oregon Golf Championships Friday.

At least, it seemed that way when two matchups on the outside course at Rogue Valley Country Club were repeats of finals a year ago.

In the men's senior division, Kevin Klabunde took advantage of early mistakes by Mark Wilson and won, 3 and 2. Klabunde, bidding for his fifth senior crown since 2009, bested Wilson in the finale a year ago, 4 and 3.

In the men's super-senior division, Herman Holm avenged a finals defeat last year to George Mack, taking a 1-up victory. Mack won in 2015 on the 19th hole for his fourth championship since the division was created six years ago.

"The top half of the senior bracket is just loaded," said Klabunde, who today faces Glen Clark, the 2014 winner. "Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's the way the (qualifying) scores turned out. ... It's pretty amazing that you have a finals matchup in the second round, and you had two of them today."

In other men's senior highlights, Jerry Eklund knocked off co-medalist Gary Loeb on the 19th hole, and Clark defeated Bob Hyer, 1 up.

In men's regular matches, winners included medalist Craig Ronne, defending champion Chris Polski and former champions Mike Barry and Kevin Murphy.

In men's junior-senior, the past two champions, Bret Breeze and Steve Taormino advanced.

In men's super senior, Greg Miller defeated 2014 champion Dan Dixon.

In women's senior, medalist Alice Hunt and LaVone Kirkwood, champion two years ago, won.

Wilson won the 2012 and '13 championships, beating Klabunde once along the way. It wasn't to be Friday.

"With the exception of a couple holes, we just played pretty solid," said Klabunde, of Medford. "Mark is a good friend of mine, and we've played a lot of golf together.

"He gifted me a couple of holes in the middle of the round. Except for those, we were pretty even."

The two were even through five holes, then Wilson, from Sutherlin, slipped up.

He bounced a tee shot off a tree and into a pond on No. 6. He dumped an approach shot into water on No. 7. He hit it out of bounds left on No. 8.

"It's tough at this level," said Klabunde. "When you're playing against good players, you can't give holes away like he did, and it came back to haunt him."

Wilson got one back with a birdie at the par-3 ninth. He had honors the next five holes but couldn't make up ground.

Klabunde got back to 3 up with three holes to play with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 15th and ended it a hole later.

Klabunde has had better ball-striking stretches, but he's comfortable with his game. In a round Tuesday, he shot even par with seven birdies, three double bogeys and a bogey. In his opening match Thursday, he was 1 under when it ended at the 16th.

"I'm not making any big mistakes at this stage of the game," he said. "Tomorrow with Glen, I can't make mistakes. He'll be right there gnawing at your heels."

Holm's win over Mack, of Portland, was a bit of a landmark victory.

"To beat somebody like George Mack, who's a legend around the whole state, it's quite a deal," said Holm, who is from Stayton. "He's won a lot of tournaments."

Including this one.

Mack, 76, has a record 12 championships in the SOGC. He won his first in men's regular in 1967. In addition to his super-senior titles, he claimed six junior-senior crowns and one senior title.

Holm, of course, contributed to Mack's bounty last year.

"I came back this year to see if I could catch up with that dang George, and I did," said Holm, who has a 2 handicap at age 72. "I slid by him."

Mack won the first two holes, but Holm hung in there. He squared the match at No. 6, then it was back and forth until Holm won the 14th and 15th holes to go 2 up.

Mack got one back by chipping in at No. 16, but they halved the final two holes.

Holm is in his second SOGC. He heard of it years ago from friends who raved about it, but he couldn't play until he retired from the construction business last year.

Holm faces Doug Olson today. Olson was a three-time men's regular winner.

Match play continues through Monday.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Chris Polski def. Ethan DeVore 5&4, David Murphy def. Michael Borton 4&2, Ryan Hawkins def. Reese Fisher 2&1, Justin Wiles def. Joey Walker 2&1, Craig Ronne def. Ryan Schaefer 6&4, Montana Frame def. JC Riter 5&4, Mike Barry def. Robert Galli 6&5, Kevin Murphy def. Noah Brooks 4&3.

MEN’S FIRST FLIGHT

Justin Wise def. Blake Bartlett 1up, Taylor Klemp def. Edward Pulpan 1up, Travis Brink def. Jackson Bartow 1up, Tyler Duntsch def. Cody Stover 4&2, Matt Eschenbacher def. John Keyser 1up, Justin Azevedo def. Tom Leavens 2up, Jeff Barry def. Scott Weiland 1up, Houston Knox def. Mike Snowden 3&2.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Brett Breeze def. John Justin 6&4, Kevin Dixon def. Mark McUne 1up, Richard Owen def. Mike Walker 4&3, Mark Mullaney def. David Cullbertson 2&1, Todd Couch def. Brent Barr 5&3, David Cuttrell def. Dan Westbrook 1up, Steve Taormino def. David Simms 6&5, Todd Dixon def. Brandon Crosier 1up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

Marty Morlan def. Todd Ostenson 1up, Tom Pepple def. Chris Warren 1up, Scott Entinger def. Scott Loyd 3&2, Mark Hash def. Jim Mansfield 1up, Brooks Gard def. Erick Doolen 5&3, Tim Arnsberg def. Eric Artner 8&7, Bobby Foote def. Tim Hornecker 1up, Eric Bottero def. Eddie Bostwick 2&1.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Scott Moore def. Mark Hardin 1up, Craig Knips def. Richard Stremmings 1up, David Voss def. Eric Hansen 1up, Richard Warner def. Michael Bauer 1up, Joe Arnesen def. Don Shanklin 1up, Phillip Heiner def. Ron Stanahan 1up, Keith Lallo def. Kevin Jones 1up, David Card def. Daniel Tremholm 1up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT

Rick Jackson def. Chris DuFour 2&1, Joe Bowles def. Mark Wilkinson 6&4, Jim Retzlaff def. Jason Challstom 2&1, David Raff def. Jad Dickson 4&2, Michael Stavish def. Jeff Morgan 1up, Joe Davis def. Ralph Wallis 1up, Derek Davis def. David Mettler 1up, Greg Jacobs def. Ed Lindbloom 4&3.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT

Todd Raduski def. James Figueroa 7&6, John Ausland def. Kirk Anderson 6&4, Daryn Clark def. James Brekke 1up, Tony Nieto def. Christian Carrigan 1up, Billy Burk def. Jon Britt 2up, Brian Carr def. Kevin Primerano 3&2, Chris Adderson def Chris Miller 3&2, Ken Lindbloom def. Brian Sherrill 3&2.

MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Kevin Klabunde def. Mark Wilson 3&2, Glen Clark def. Bob Hyer 1up, Marshall Holman def. Brad Bills 1up, Doug Ward def. Joel Jessel 4&3, Jerry Eklund def. Gary Loeb 19th, Kenneth Stringer def. Bob Dickey 1up, Kim Cushing def. Robert Cox 5&3, Eric Austad def. Randy Smith 5&4.

MEN’S SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

Billy Crenshaw def. John Given 1up, Kevin Croucher def. Brian Odell 1up, Mark Weiss def. Pat Daggitt 2up, Steven Wood def. Jeffery Blum 5&3, Bob Dwyer def. Douglas Hartley 2&1, Bill Foulon def. Dwayne McIntosh 5&3, Paul Gulick def. Rick McCabe 1up, Steve Watkins def. Robert Falar 1up.

MEN’S SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Tony Franco def. Tim Trower 2up, John DeMario def. Evan McArthur 5&4, Brian Adolph def. Dirk Johnson 1up, Gary Sterton def. Steve Miller 2&1.

MEN’S SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT

John Buda def. Jim McCabe 2up, Jerry Johnson def. Scott Saxon 3&1, Robert Husel def. Ken VanDaam 1up, Jeff Longtain def. Brian Snow 1up.

MEN’S SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT

Dave Allen def. Terry Buntin 2&1, Dave Orr def. Norm Veronneau 6&5, Charlie Tissen def. Brad Webster 5&3, Wayne Stone def. Scott Weaver 2&1.

MEN’S SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT

William Milimuka bye, John Zupan def. Bob Skinner 1up, Neill Smith def. Ron Harvey 3&2, Faraon Bailey def. Rich Mettler 4&2.

MEN’S SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT

Rick Loyd bye, Mark Pagan def. Gary Mullican 7&6, Ron Merryman def. Richard Cloutman 4&3, Lance Hunter def. James Parsley 1up, John Lawton def. Steve Skinner 19th, Buck Brigham def. Bob Crews 2&1, Thad Hodgdon def. Jim Morris 19th, Larry Schmaltz def. Michael Moylan 3&2.

MEN’S SENIOR EIGHTH FLIGHT

Bill Allen def. Frank Lucas 8&6, Jean David def. Cory Crebbin 1up, Kevin Aguirre def. Paul Schleinitz 1up, John Root def. Henry Burgoyne 1up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Herman Holm def. George Mack 1up, Doug Olson def. Ron Lewis 2&1, Lang Bates def. Terry Anderson 22nd, Greg Miller def. Dan Dixon 2&1.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

Robert Galusha def. Michael Miller 1up, Ken Weist def. Tom Hamlin 4&3, Rick Young def. Bob Harrell 2&1, Al Raduski def. Thomas Tarlow 5&4.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Tim Wray def. John Brittain 1up, Rick Tolar def. Larry Garvin 2&1, Tom Powley def. Stephen Cummings 1up, Gordon Emphy def. Gary Bates 1up, Michael Goldman def. OJ Endicott 3&2, Brent Orrico def. Roger Peck 2&1, Dick Brekke def. John Dunkin 2up, Arthur Aviles def. Don Mitchell 1up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT

Ron Primasing def. Bruce McDonald 1up, Dan Leary def. Michael Armitage 2&1, Ross Cooley def. Arn Wihtol 4&3, Scott Mayfield def. Alex Bellen 1up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT

Chuck Kenny def. Dave Mansfield 3&2, Dodd Samule def. Scott Swendiman 2&1, Robert Adler def. Conrad Caprez 4&3, John Kruesi def. Jim Hatton 1up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT

Jim Garrison def. Steve Warrington 1up, Ron Dixon def. Brian Schmitz 1up, Bob Doolen def. Richard Sorenson 2up, Ken Bailey def. Gilbert Roque 1up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT

Dick Entinger def. James Quincey 1up, Patrick O’Brian def. Tom Watson 5&4, James LeRoy def. John Presenti 1up, Mike Arant def. Dwight Samuel 1up.

WOMEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Alice Hunt def. Cathy Trower 3&2, Marianne Metzger def. Pam Schepis 3&2, Deb Stuart def. Karen Fay 21st, Tina Blum def. Tammie Allen 2&1 Sheri Driskill def. Julie Schamanek 4&3, LaVone Kirkwood def. M. McFaddin 1up, Dandy Day def. Janet Stark 8&6, Sue Hunter def. Tori Nieto 2&1.

WOMEN’S SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Susan Stringer def. Tamara Waddell 4&3, Sally Frease def. Deanna St. Martin 1up, Linda Tungsvik def. Becky Barry 2&1, Darla Allen def. Shelly Fisher 7&5, Collen Holbert def. Jan Hughes 2&1, Dana Carrigan def. Vicki Moffatt 1up, Sharon Swartsley def. Lina Miller 3&2, Diana Falar def. Dana McIntosh 6&5.

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