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Mike Barry leads qualifying in return to SOGC

Medford native fires 66, sets sights on fifth men’s championship at RVCC

Mike Barry’s return to the 92nd annual Southern Oregon Golf Championships comes at a time when he’s played very little competitive golf.

Yet any chance the Medford native gets to play in the tournament held at Rogue Valley Country Club, more than likely he’s going to take it.

Barry used last weekend’s Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships as a warm-up for the SOGC. Outside of that, his year has mostly been made up of scrambles during the spring and summer. A four-time SOGC champion, Barry last played in 2019, then decided to opt out of the 2020 tournament earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t really play a lot of competitive golf anymore, so any chance I get to get those competitive juices flowing again, I take advantage, especially the weekend before this tournament starts,” Barry said.

Barry, a former North Medford High star, shot a 66 in the men’s regular qualifying for out-of-town players and women Wednesday to secure medalist honors. Stroke-play qualifying for local men was Tuesday.

Match play in the SOGC begins today and runs through Labor Day, when the championship finals take place across all divisions.

Johnna Nealy, a three-time SOGC women’s champion and last year’s runner-up, shot even-par and finished second to Payton Canon (69) in women’s regular qualifying. Defending senior men’s champion Kevin Klabunde is also back in the field but opted not to compete in qualifying and enters as the No. 1 seed as a result of his title last year.

Then there’s Barry, who won his first title in 2007. He repeated in 2008 before adding two more to his name in 2010 and 2014.

Between 1934 and 1949, Eddie Simmons’ six titles in the men’s regular division is still the all-time record. Additionally, Klabunde has won a combined 11 titles across four divisions. Barry is also in that elite company in the SOGC, which has been held since 1929.

“I consider Kevin Klabunde one of my good friends and he has won this tournament a lot of times,” Barry said. “Just the chance to compete in that many tournaments, I don’t expect to go out and catch up with that number six, but I’m going to give it everything I got every time I play in this. If there’s ever an opportunity to get anywhere near that number, you’re doing something right playing golf. So I’m just gonna go play as hard as I can and try to keep my game under control, make a few putts and see what I can do this week.”

As Barry has learned over the years, both in winning the SOGC and coming up just short, the ability to drain a putt at a crucial moment can make or break a tournament. His most recent win in 2014 was capped off by a memorable 66-foot putt on the 37th hole to defeat Kevin Murphy.

“You’ve got to be able to putt,” Barry said. “I’m playing in front of a couple kids in the group behind us right now who are absolutely smashing the golf ball. I used to be able to hit it by my competitors on a regular basis, but there are guys out here now who will continually hit it by me. It comes down to putting, it comes down to whoever is hottest on the greens. If you can make some putts — some clutch putts — when it gets close to the weekend, you’re going to be successful. That’s what I’m going to focus on this week when I’m practicing.”

Barry now lives in Eugene with his wife and while golf is at the forefront during the week of the city championships and SOGC, Barry said it is also a chance to return home to catch up with family and friends

“We treat this as a good way to see our family and friends that we don’t get to see a whole lot,” Barry said. “If I can have some success on the golf course this week that’d be great, but we’re excited to see some family and friends and have a good time down here.”

A few players were still on the course as of press time Wednesday but leaders in each division included former SOGC champions Tommy Smith (72, men’s junior-senior) and Glen Clark (71, men’s super senior) as well as Craig Knips (70, men’s senior) and Larry Garvin (76, legends).

Tournament scoring can be followed on golfgenius.com with the sign-in code of SOGC2021.

SOUTHERN OREGON GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Qualifying Results at RVCC

MEN’S REGULAR

Mike Barry 66, Preston Luckman 67, Chris Polski 72, Joey Rossknecht 72, Charlie Tran 73, Travis Campoy 73, Mark Wilson Jr. 74, R.O. Gomez 74, Gerry Snyder 74, Braden Shipley 75, Cameron Smith 75, Edward Smith 76, Calvin Maready 76, Mayson Tibbs 76, Ethan DeVore 76, Jordan Highland 76, Ryan Suvoy 76, Danny Angelucci 77, Garrett Doolen 77, Michael Leonard 77, Matt Preston 77, Scott Okon 77, Jordan Jacobs 78, Henry Jones 78, Oliver Ausland 78, Michael Wurzell 79, Jacob Henderson 79, Kristopher Kaufman 80, Benjamin Purtzer 80, Jonathon Purtzer 80, Cody Stover 80, Travis Brink 80, Seth Walters 80, Taylor Klemp 81, Scott Fieber 81, Chris Wood 81, Chase Schumacher 82, Richard Ferguson 83, Bryce Tomason 83, Jon Robinson 83, Ryan Mitchell 83, Scott Weiland 83, Scott Mettler 83, Christian Espinitu 83, Craig Fox 84, Cruz Kilborn 84, Jacob Gooding 84, Jeshua Buchanan 84, Jordan Anderson 85, Jeremiah Paladino 85, Jeremy Henson 85, Dustin Wallace 85, Matthew Cuellar 85, Jason Hanlin 85, Levi Daily 86, Dalton Pfau 86, Craig Contreras 86, Alex Brown 86, Isaac Rolie 86, Ian Norgan 87, Austin Stack 87, Kos Ray 87, Jim Corbett 87, Ben Mertens 87, Corey Marineau 87, Jim Bennett 88, Brian Findlay 88, Matthew Dachowski 88, Jake Valentine 88, Garren Pedemonte 90, Travis Sanders 90, Tim Weidrich 90, Kevin Biggs 90, Casey Swendiman 90, Jimmy Ulrey 90, Charles Walker 91, Adam Reed 91, Ryan Nichols 92, Beau Bodenski 93, William Haug 93, Matt Stranahan 93, Dallin George 93, Immanuel Byrne 94, Dominic David 94, Collin Krueger 95, Gordon Casey 96, Matthew Miller 96, Shawn Shumate 96, Chris Ellis 97, Jordan Jenkins 98, Shawn Webber 100, Connor Lambert 100, Simon Ruiz 101, Patrick McCormick 102, Caesar Espino 106, Jensen Mettler 108

MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR

Tommy Smith 72, Michael Stieler 74, Cameron Mitchell 74, Alfonso Powers 75, Greg Findley 75, John Pollock 76, Matt Eschenbacher 76, Bret Breeze 77, Morgan Hawkins 77, Bryan Wheelock 78, Justin Wise 78, Scott Wise 78, Jeff Morgan 79, Omer Kem 79, Larry Miller 79, Johnny Mansfield 79, Mark McUne 79, Michael Vanderhoff 80, Frank Baracao 80, Trevor Telford 80, Brandon Crosier 80, Jeff Barry 81, Bryan White 81, Mike Snowden 81, Ralph Wallis 82, Russell Horn 82, Darrell Flora Jr. 83, Keith Lallo 83, Richard Owens 83, Geoff Loonmis 83, Benny Shapiro 84, Michael O’Conner 84, Alan Peterson 84, Billie Burke 84, Will Riddle 84, James Russell 84, Joe Arneson 84, Dennis Richards 85, Eric Engelbach 85, Duane Mataczynski 85, Rob Neff 85, Ian Powers 85, Justin Azevedo 86, Eric Bruhn 86, Paul Sanderson 86, Mike Walker 87, Scott VanWey 87, Tom Jones 87, Erik Pedersen 87, Ryan Kantor 88, Kevin Jones 88, Joshua Huffman 88, John Couch 89, Robert Glover 89, Derron Moreland 89, Charles Day 90, Randy Croucher 90, Steve Tollefson 90, Alex Clark 90, Brooks Gard 90, Daryn Clark 90, Ron Stranahan 91, John Candy 92, Jeremy Payne 92, James Crawford 92, Joe Davis 92, Greg Jacobs 92, Darrell Thompson 92, Mirek Bobek 93, Jim Retzlaff 93, Rodney Muller 93, Chris Dufour 94, Robert Lindbloom 95, Rick Miller 95, Chad Orr 95, Josh Godfrey 96, Heykel Aouriri 95, Brian Sherrill 97, Joe Hunter 97, Jason Miller 98, Ed Lindbloom 98, Robin Blanks 98, Russ Wilson 99, Jason Rowan 99, Dean Kiney 99, Jad Dickson 100, Kevin Primerano 102, James Figueroa 102, Michael Burrill 104, Jim Stormo 105, Jack Adams 105, Ken Lindbloom 107, David Tucker 108, Fred Paris 110, Tim Prince 112

MEN’S SENIOR

Craig Knips 70, Rick Dollarhide 72, Eric Austad 72, Marty Morlan 73, Todd Dixon 74, Terry Wolf 75, Dale Voelz 75, Brent Barr 75, Lee Oltjenbrunes 75, Jim Mansfield 76, Kevin Dixon 77, David Card 78, John Justin 78, Bret Mackey 79, Stanley Presley 79, Eddie Bostwick 80, Scott Moore 80, Tim Trower 80, Joe Bowles 81, David Voss 81, Richard Warner 81, Chris Littleton 81, Tom Pepple 81, David Kaplan 82, Gary Loeb 82, Eric Hansen 83, Jeff Fish 84, Erik Doolen 84, Tony Nieto 84, Joel Jessel 84, Darrell Lewis 84, Joe Oravec 85, Carl Wolfe 85, Todd Raduski 86, George Johnston 87, Jim Palazzolo 87, Jeff Hamlett 87, Dave Mettler 87, Brian Bueoy 87, Bruce Mendelson 88, Rich Mettler 88, Randy Rupert 88, Larry Conkings 88, Brian Odell 88, Eric Bermudez 88, Phillip Heiner 89, Kevin Tucker 89, Kelly Wilson 89, Tom Mayer 90, Ron Pierce 90, Allen Carlson 92, Michael Slavenski 92, Stacy Wallace 94, John DeMario 95, Jeff Proulx 95, Tom Powers 95, Scott Sterton 96, Craig Schumacher 97, David Blake 97, Dwight Shriver 98, Greg Wojtal 100, Stephen Alexander 102

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR

Glen Clark 71, Robert Stassi 73, Kenneth Collman 74, Evan McArthur 76, Glenn Hartzheim 77, Eric Jensen 77, Doug Ward 77, David George 78, Bryan Schlafke 78, Doug Engle 79, Paul Reynolds 79, David Orr 79, Gary Bates 80, John Johnson 80, Gregory Miller 80, Robert Cox 80, Rob Staggenborg 81, Jerry Eklund 81, Scott Tuttle 81, Ronald Moore 82, Kelly Brown 83, Todd Jensen 83, Billy Crenshaw 84, Tony Nieto 84, Mike Armitage 84, Bruce Hart 84, Larry Butler 84, Curt Bennett 85, James Garrison 85, Tom Powley 85, John Dunkin 85, Stan Sherer 86, Allen Raduski 86, Mel Friend 87, John Liston 87, James Bacigalupi 87, Karl Olson 87, Doug Hartley 87, John Leuthold 88, Neill Smith 88, Kevin Aguirre 88, Scott Mayfield 88, Darrell Flora Sr. 89, Mark Wilson 89, Bill Allen 89, Brian Schmitz 90, Patrick Daggitt 90, John Kruesi 90, Rick Widlund 91, Gary Sterton 91, Tom Groves 91, Dave Allen 91, Ron Harvey 92, Conrad Caprez 92, Gerald Carstens 93, Fritz Lagergren 93, Steve Polus 94, Ross Cooley 94, Scott Swendiman 94, Keith Jensen 94, Tom Michaels 95, Ronald Norgan 95, Henry Burgoyne 95, Bud Adler 95, Patrick O’Brian 95, Steve Warrington 96, Chuck Kenney 96, Brent Orrico 96, Eugene Miller 97, Mark Pagan 97, Gary Wood 97, Rodger Campuzano 98, George Parsons 98, Roger Peck 99, Tom Urby 100, Mark Fawver 100, Darrell Hunt 100, Tim Wray 101, John Rowan 101, Mike Snyder 103

LEGENDS

Larry Garvin 76, Dan Dixon 78, Bob Maentz 79, Tom Hamlin 79, Dodd Samuel 79, Jim Hatton 81, Richard Brekke 82, George Mack 82, Michael Goldman 86, Jim Hauck 86, Len Merryman 87, Ron Dixon 89, Bruce Wood 90, Dick Entinger 90, Gordon Empey 90, Bruce McDonald 94, Lael Collins 94, Dar Wolber 95, Dave Mansfield 95, Dwight Samuel 96, John Ferris 98, Phil Gossner 104, Cliff Barnett 104, David Rasmussen 110

WOMEN’S REGULAR

Payton Canon 69, Johnna Nealy 73, Sandy Day 78, Terry Levis 78, Kelly Lobe 79, Carolyn Turner 79, Trina Jones 80, Kirsten Reed 82, Marla Parmele 82, Stephanie Johns 83, Deb Stewart 84, Laura Rommes 86, Cathy Trower 87, Marianne Metzger 87, Toni Watkins 87, Genna Mettler 87, Maureen McFadden 88, Lindsey Crosier 89, Michele Orrico 89, Jan Hughes 89, Susie Hammitt 92, Tory Nieto 95, Mindy Ferris 95, Katie O’Brien 95, Rosemary Harrington 95, Chelsie O’Neill 96, Francie Bostwick 96, Sharon Swartsley 97, Sandra Medaris 97, Pamela Schepis 97, Deborah Martin 98, Shelley Fisher 98, Juile Schamanek 99, Molly Mettler 99, Barbara Stormo 100, Teri Mayer 100, Dana Powers-Clark 100, Colleen Holbert 100, Laurel Kiichli 100, Jade Greene 100, Erica Velez 101, Fawn Miller 103, Macy Aguirre 104, Judy Brown 105, Tammy Harrison 105, Darla Allen 107, Shelli Bates 110, Carolyn Collins 113, Suzanne Lindbloom 117

Reach reporter Will Denner at 541-776-4479 or wdenner@rosebudmedia.com

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Mike Barry hits off the fairway at Centennial Golf Club in during the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships in Medford Sunday.