LOCAL ROUNDUP: Hammericksen strings together runner-up finishes
Medford’s Baylee Hammericksen placed second in the Southern Oregon Junior golf championship at Rogue Valley Country Club Tuesday, capping an impressive few days for the St. Mary’s senior-to-be.
She shot rounds of 75 and 77 Monday and Tuesday, respectively, for a 152 in the Oregon Golf Association event, two shots shy of winner Yvonne Vinceri, of Portland.
Last weekend, Hammericksen shot two rounds in the 60s and placed second Sunday in the 23rd Oregon Golf Association Public Links Championship at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
The two-time Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state champion shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to share the overnight lead, then came in with a 68 on Sunday.
Victoria Gailey, of Tigard, fired a 66 on Sunday to overtake Hammericksen. Gailey had a two-day total of 6-under 136 to Hammericksen’s 137.
Hammericksen won state titles as a sophomore and freshman at St. Mary’s before her junior year was canceled this spring because of COVID-19.
Her sister, Riley, placed sixth with a 153 in the Public Links.
In the 30th Oregon Women’s Stroke Play Championship June 30, Baylee Hammericksen tied with Gailey for second, one shot behind winner Monica Vaughn, whose score was 2-over 146 at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland. Hammericksen had rounds of 75 and 72.
Other top-five finishes in the Southern Oregon Junior included Central Point’s Henry Williams. He was second in the boys 14-15 division, shooting an 83 in the second round for a total of 175. He tied with Caleb Glenn, but earned the higher placing on a tiebreaker system.
Ashton Idiart, of Central Point, placed fourth in the junior boys 16-18 division with a 170.
Brigit Hovelman was fourth in the girls 15-18 division with a 207.
Carson Krauss, a Southern Oregon Golf Academy Elite player from Grants Pass, tied for fifth in the intermediate boys 12-13 division with a 155.
In other recent OGA events, Medford’s Carolyn Turner tied for first in the 15th Oregon Super Senior Championship at Riverside on June 30. She was in the Babe Zaharias Flight and had scores of 88 and 86 for a 174.
In the 37th Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur on June 27, Eagle Point’s Leslie Gainey made it to the Flight II finals before falling to Yon Okinaka, of Ridgefield, Washington. Okinaka won, 5 and 4, at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland.
In the 90th Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur on July 3, Krauss won the intermediate boys 12-13 division with a 4-and-2 victory over Alex Tseng, of Portland.
EUGENE 11, MEDFORD 10: At Eugene, in the second game of a late doubleheader on Monday, Eugene overcame a 9-4 deficit with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the American Legion contest, giving the Challengers a sweep.
Eugene took the opener, 4-2.
Erratic pitching allowed Eugene to rally. Three walks and two hit batters contributed to the uprising, along with three singles.
Trailing 11-9 in the seventh, the Mustangs got a home run to center field by pinch-hitter Jack Thompson with one out, then Darin Marsh singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A flyout ended the game, dropping Medford to 19-8.
Taven Passey was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Mustangs, and Steven Ledendecker drove in two runs and scored twice. Darin Marsh, who tripled and scored twice, and Bennett Thompson each added two hits.
KLAMATH FALLS FALCONS 13, NORTH MEDFORD MAVERICKS 3: Klamath Falls scored four runs in each of the first two innings in the American Legion game at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Mavericks dropped to 6-7-1.
Cody Borraggine and Steve Seus each went 2-for-3 for North Medford, with Seus driving in a run.