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Corey Marineau’s ‘very lucky’ shot leads to win in RVSPC playoff

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Marineau, Mike Barry, Camden Chose and James Kelley finish top 4 in men’s championship

Birdies came in the unlikeliest of places for Corey Marineau, none bigger than the final one he sank Sunday evening in the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships with the daylight dwindling.

Four players in the men’s championship flight — Marineau, Mike Barry, Camden Chose and James Kelley — were tied at 5-under after 36 holes. After signing their scorecards, the foursome retreated to the par-4 18th hole tee to determine a winner.

Three of the four landed in or near the fairway, but Marineau’s went well left of the fairway into a mess of dead grass, dirt and rocks.

Somehow, he managed to connect his 7-iron with the ball and land within 20 feet of the flagstick, closer than any of the other three.

“Very lucky,” Marineau said. “(I) just trusted it through the rocks and dirt, gave up my 7-iron and it worked out.”

While Barry missed a long birdie putt, Chose and Kelley used their third shots to chip onto the green. That opened the door for Marineau to line up his putt, moving right to left, and watch as it dropped while a small gallery viewing from the club’s back patio cheered him on.

“Two-and-a-half cups to the right, and (I) just trusted it,” Marineau said. “A little downhill and let it die in.”

The outcome seemed like a long shot given where the scores stood through nine holes Sunday. Barry and Dayne Miller each shot 67 Saturday and were paired with Marineau, who shot an opening-round 68.

With three bogeys and one birdie through nine holes Sunday, Marineau trailed Miller by four strokes and Barry by three strokes.

Barry, the two-time city tournament champion, shot an even par 36 on the back nine, and Miller shot 3 with a costly double bogey on the par-5 16th hole.

The door opened for Marineau, who made four birdies on the back nine, including the par-4 16th hole that was set up by his second shot out of the dirt, reminiscent of the shot he would later fire in the playoff. Marineau, who played at Crater High and Pacific University, said the win was the first in his golf career.

Kelley and Chose, two and three groups ahead of the leaders, both shot 34 on the back nine to secure their spots in the playoff.

Remarkably, it wasn’t the only playoff of the tournament Sunday.

The men’s senior championship came down to a playoff between George Lavalley, John Mansfield and Bob Ledoux. Lavalley and Mansfield, last year’s champion, were tied for first place with one hole to play, but both overestimated their putts on the 18th green and settled for bogeys, which allowed Ledoux to join them for the playoff.

The three started on the first hole, with Lavalley and Ledoux making par, and Mansfield a bogey. On the par-5 second hole, Lavalley reached the green in two with a massive 230-yard bomb. Ledoux narrowly missed a birdie putt, while Lavalley was able to comfortably two-putt for the win.

“I played with John all weekend,and I did not know that we had another in the mix,” Lavalley said. “Kudos to Bob because he had been in for a little bit, kind of had to warm up. ... He made par on one, par on two, I just hit a 3-wood from 230 (yards) onto the green, two-putted and here we are.”

Elsewhere, Kiana Oshiro shot a 65 and 11-under 133 for the weekend to run away with the women’s championship. Oshiro’s round Sunday came within one stroke of tying the women’s course record set earlier this year by Baylee Hammericksen, who finished second Sunday with a combined 143 across the two rounds.

In the men’s open, Kevin Pepper won with a 143.

In the men’s super senior, Kevin Klabunde’s 139 for the weekend edged Lee Oltjenbruns, who shot 140 and threatened to come back late with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.

Jon Paauwe defended his title in the men’s legends, shooting 152 for the weekend, four strokes ahead of Dick Brekke in second.

ROGUE VALLEY STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sunday’s Final Round (Top 10)

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Corey Marineau 68-71—139, James Kelley 70-69—139, Camden Chose 71-68—139, Mike Barry 67-72—139, Dayne Miller 67-74—141, Michael Leonard 71-72—143, Travis Campoy 75-73—148, Nick Galbreath 71-77—148, Jacob Gooding 72-76—148, Taylor Klemp 75-73—148,

MEN’S OPEN

Kevin Pepper 69-74—143, Jeremiah Paladino 71-74—145, Ryan Paauwe 72-78—150, Tony Conklin 71-80—151, Chad Dollarhide 78-75—153, Alfonso Powers 76-77—153, James Rudolph 79-76—155, Alex Brown, 79-77—156, Dexter Daum 80-78—158, Brandon Crosier 82-77—159.

MEN’S SENIOR

George Lavalley 72-72—144, Bob Ledoux 75-70—145 John Mansfield 71-75—146, Dan Keck 77-70—147, Matt Grove 74-74—148, Marty Morlan 75-73—148, Craig Vogensen 70-78—148, Brad Bills 76-73—149, Dave Schoenman 73-76—149, Rick Dollarhide 78-72—150, John Kandaris 73-77—150.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR

Kevin Klabunde 68-71—139, Lee Oltjenbruns 69-71—140, Glen Clark 72-70—142, Jack Hewlett 73-73—146, Jim Hoffman 77-69—146, David George 72-74—146, Mark Wilson 74-72—146, Scott Tuttle 70-77—147, Cliff Layton 74-75—149, John Robinson 78-73—151.

MEN’S LEGENDS

Jon Paauwe 76-76—152, Dick Brekke 78-78—159, Nick Viani 79-80—159, Norm Hall 77-84—161, Ron Primsang 81-85—166, Frank Eckerd 86-85—171, Lael Collins 84-88—172, Arn Wihtol 88-90—178.

WOMEN’S

Kiana Oshiro 68-65—133, Baylee Hammericksen 69-74—143, Lindsey Crosier 80-78—158, Connie Huckaba 82-84—158, Shirley Stiles 96-102—198, Terry Friend 108-106—214, Leslye Reynolds 102-112—214, Darla Allen 102-113—215, Erica Velez 112-11—223, Fawn Miller 113-114—227.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCorey Marineau hits the ball out of the sand at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMike Barry tees off through thick smoke at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMike Barry putts the ball for birdie at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneDayne Miller chips the ball out of the sand at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCorey Marieau tees off through the thick smoke at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMike Barry hits off the fairway at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCorey Marieau putts the ball at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneBailey Hammericksen and Kiana Oshiro together after their match at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCamden Chose tees off hole 1 at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneJames Kelley tees off hole 1 at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneJames Kelley putts the ball at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneJames Kelley tees off through the smoky air at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCorey Marieau hits off the fairway at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCorey Marieau hits off the fairway at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMike Barry chips the ball onto the green at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMike Barry hits the ball of the fairway at Centennial Golf Club in Medford Sunday.