Matches go mostly to form in SOGC
A medalist was decided.
Another round of championship matches brought with it few upsets.
And a boy selling lemonade and nuts on the golf course planned to pay it forward.
The second day of match play at the 88th Southern Oregon Golf Championships didn’t produce a plethora of upsets, but there were nuggets of interest at a number of turns at Rogue Valley Country Club.
The young entrepreneur, who has been stationed at a house on the fourth hole on the outside course on recent days, told one player he had done well and pledged to send a portion of his earnings to flood victims in Texas.
As temperatures climbed into triple digits, players no doubt enjoyed the refreshments.
And as it heated up, the two low qualifiers with scores of 71 in the men’s regular division, Chris Polski and Michael Borton, moved their three-hole playoff up a couple hours.
Borton, from Atlanta, won the battle, making a birdie on the par-5 first hole on the outside course and winning the stroke-play test, 12 to 13.
He didn’t win the war, however, losing earlier in his match to Joey Walker, 1 down.
Polski was more fortunate in his match than in the playoff. Among the division favorites after having captured the 2015 title, the former pro from Eugene defeated Cody Stoffel, 3 and 2.
Polski has been playing well of late, particularly with his putter.
“I’m rolling the ball really well,” he said, “hitting my lines. I’ve had a lot of putts just not go in, but I’m hitting my line pretty much every time. If I shore up and get a little more consistent driving the ball, I’ll be doing pretty good.
“But, I’m not putting myself in any bad spots. I’m keeping the ball in front of me and doing what I want to do.”
Polski closed out his match on the 16th hole, a short par 5 that he eagled for the second time this week.
With 177 yards in, he hit 8-iron to 10 feet and made the relatively straight putt.
Also winning in the men’s regular was Jimmy White, 5 and 4 over Ryan Schaefer. Schaefer lost in the finals to Polski two years ago.
In the men’s junior-senior, Bret Breeze and Ryan Hawkins, long among the top players in the tournament, played in the same group for the first time. Both won, setting up an intriguing match Saturday.
Breeze defeated Jeff Barry, 5 and 3, and Hawkins topped Craig Knips by the same tally.
“It’s going to be fun playing with Ryan,” said Breeze, the 2015 junior-senior champion. “He’s just a great guy, super gracious.”
Breeze admitted he hasn’t been playing his best, but in match play, the objective is survival.
“A couple years ago when I won, I kind of scraped it around and then all of a sudden, it clicked and it was perfect,” he said. “It was like I used to play. I hope that can happen; I don’t know if it will.”
He knows Hawkins won’t be a pushover.
“You’ll never get a hole given to you by Ryan, that’s for sure,” said Breeze. “You have to grind it out.”
Also winning in junior-senior was defending champion Steve Taormino, 7 and 6 over Jeff Morgan. Taormino will face David Cuttrell, who went 21 holes to fend off Cameron Mitchell.
Another top-notch duel will play out Saturday in the men’s senior, where Kevin Klabunde and Mark Wilson each advanced. Klabunde, an eight-time champion across divisions, defeated Gary Loeb, 3 and 2. Wilson, the 2012 and ‘13 senior titlist, dispatched Brent Takemoto, 3 and 2.
The two met in the early rounds last year, with Klabunde topping Wilson on the 16th.
Other senior winners included medalist Bob Hyer, 2014 titlist Glen Clark and 2010 junior-senior champion Ken Stringer.
The men’s super-senior division is loaded with former champions in the semifinals Saturday: Greg Miller meets George Mack, and Doug Ward takes on Dan Dixon.
Mack is attempting to add to his record 12 titles. Miller is the defending champion.
In women’s senior, defending champion Sandy Day advanced with a 5-and-4 triumph over Marianne Metzger. Former winner LaVone Kirkwood beat Jan Hughes, 1 up, and last year’s runner-up, Alice Hunt, edge Julie Schamanek, 2 and 1.
Matches continue through the championship round Monday.
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Chris Polski def. Cody Stoffel 3 & 2, Jon Robinson def. Cameron Barnhardt 2 & 1, Alfonso Powers def. Blake Bartlett 6 &5, Jimmy White def. Ryan Schaefer 5 & 4, Joey Walker def. Michael Borton 1 up, Matt Eschenbacher def. Lance Fowler 1 up, Noah Brooks def. Ryan Suvoy 1 up, Knox Houston def. Travis Campoy 3 & 2.
MEN’S FIRST FLIGHT
Jordan Anderson def. Matt Johnson 1 up, Will Street def. Matt Stringer 3 & 2, Justin Wise def. Dustin Butler 22nd, Gerry Snyder def. Ethan DeVore 1 up, Kevin Blum def. Ryan Kantor 1 up, David Croft def. David Mayer 1 up, Taylor Klemp def. Bryan Wheelock 1 up, Ryan Whittaker def. Jake Quast 20th
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Steve Taormino def. Jeff Morgan 7 & 6, David Cuttrell def. Cameron Mitchell 21st, Johnny Mansfield def. Derron Moreland 5 & 4, Todd Dixon def. Jay Klemp 1 up, Ryan Hawkins def. Craig Knips 5 & 3, Bret Breeze def. Jeff Barry 5 & 3, Ty Kohler def. Parrish Barker 1 up, Richard Stremming def. Dan Westbrook 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Erick Doolen def. Todd Ostenson 4 & 2, Justin Azevedo def. Kevin Dixon 1 up, Tim Arnesberg def. Tom Pepple 5 & 4, Todd Couch def. Tim Hornecker 6 & 5, Brooks Gard def. Todd Neilson 2 up, Robb Neff def. David Sims 2 & 1, Jim Mansfield def. Joe Bowles 7 & 6, Mark Mullaney def. Dave Judd 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Andy Baida def. Joe Arnesen 2 up, Tom Mayer def. Chris Dufour 1 up, Don Shanklin def. Rick Dyer 2 up, Phillip Heiner def. Billy Burke 1 up, Bobby Foote def. Joe Mahar 20th, Ted Stark def. Hank Munn 2 up, Mike Walker def. Eddie Bostwick 1 up, Mike Stavish def. Ralph Wallis 1 up.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Rick Jackson def. Ken Lindbloom 1 up, John Barry def. Scott Loyd 1 up, Don Boucher def. Benny Shapiro 1 up, Greg Jacobs def. Joe Davis 2 up, Brian Sherill def. Jason Rowan 2 up, Jonathan Stark def. Dennis Richards 2 & 1, Keith Lallo def. Ron Stranahan 1 up, Scott Entinger def. Ed Lindbloom 3 & 2.
MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Daryn Clark bye, Ian Powers def. Michael Diehl 1 up, Kirk Andersen def. Erik Stamm 2 up, Tom Jones def. James Figueroa 1 up, Jim Retzlaff def. Lanny Binney 5 & 3, Jad Dickson def. Jason Miller 5 & 3, Jack Lewis def. Kevin Primerano 1 up, David Mettler def. Milo Smith 2 & 1.
MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
MEN’S SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Scott Moore bye, Bob Cox def. Steve Watkins 4 & 3, John Justin def. Stan Presley 2 & 1, Bret Mackay def. Lee Oltjenbruns 19th, Ken VanDaam bye, Brad Bills def. David Card 1 up, Lance Hunter def. Jim Patterson 3 & 2, Marshall Holman def. John DeMario 2 & 1
MEN’S SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Eric Austad def. Brian Adolph 21st, Paul Reynolds def. Jeff Longtain 2 & 1, Kim Cushing def. Kevin Croucher 5 & 3, Vaughn Schneider def. Tim Trower 2 up.
MEN’S SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT
Jim Smith bye, Kelly Brown def. Gordon Humphrey 1 up, Jim Multerer def. Doug Engle 2 & 1, Gary Sterton def. Bob Johnson 1 up.
MEN’S SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Joel Jessel def. Charlie Tissen 1 up, Jerry Johnson def. Dwayne McIntosh 1 up, Michael Donnally def. Mark Pagan 5 & 4, Dave Allen def. Bob Tennant 2 & 1.
MEN’S SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT
John Buda bye, Brian Odell def. Ray Figueira forfeit, John Lawton def. Darrell Hunt 1 up, Don Pinkham def. Ron Moore 3 & 2.
MEN’S SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Neill Smith bye, Randy Rupert def. Bruce Mendelson 23rd, Tony Nieto def. Ron Merryman 1 up, Greg Cotton def. Bill Allen 4 & 3, Jeffrey Blum def. Doug Hartley 1up, David Street def. John Root 4 & 3, Scott Keller def. Mike McGrath 6 & 5, Rich Mettler def. Rick McCabe 19th.
MEN’S SENIOR EIGHTH FLIGHT
Evan McArthur def. Ron Harvey 2 & 1, Tom Groves def. Brian Snow 2 & 1, Christian Carrigan def. Tom Wendt 1 up, Michael Moylan def. William Milimuka 2 & 1.
MEN’S SENIOR NINTH FLIGHT
Daniel Davis bye, Scott Lubich def. Cory Crebbin 19th, Kevin Aguirre def. Jim Allen 2 & 1, Keith Rogers def. Craig Schumacher 3 & 2,
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Greg Miller def. Jerry Sessions 3 & 2, George Mack def. Doug Olson 1 up, Doug Ward def. Brent Orrico 2 & 1, Dan Dixon def. Ron Howard 2 & 1.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Ross Cooley def. John Dunkin 10 & 8, Kenny Weist def. Tim Wray 1 up, Scott Mayfield def. Lang Bates 1 up, Herman Holm def. Robert Maentz 3 & 1
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Larry Garvin def. Dodd Samuel 2 & 1, Patrick Daggitt def. Robert Galusha 2 up, Stephen Boldish def. Stephen Warrington 1 up, Richard Brekke def. Jim McCabe 19th, Stan Sherer def. Tom Hamlin 2 & 1, Scott Swendiman def. Gary Smith 2 & 1, Michael Goldman def. John Kruesi 1 up, Gordon Empey def. Dick Entinger 1 up.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Jim Hatton def. Terry Anderson 1 up, Ron Dixon def. Dave Mansfield 1 up, Stephen Cummins def. Bruce McDonald 3 & 2, Terry Rasmussen def. Arthur Aviles 1 up.
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT
Ken Linden def. Roger Peck 19th, Jim Quincy def. Brian Schmitz 3 & 2, Mark Fawver def. Tom Barry 1 up, Alex Bellen def. Jim Garrison 1 up
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Don Mitchell def. Dennis Bales 5 & 4, Larry Schmaltz def. Frank Lucas 1 up, Gary Bates def. Cliff Barnett 3 & 2, Steve Skinner def. Jerry Carstens 4 & 3,
MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT
Tom Michaels def. Gilbert Roque 2 & 1, George Parsons def. Jim Hauck 21st, Bud Adler def. Allen Carlson 2 & 1, Don Clark def. Gibb Mitchell 4 & 3.
WOMEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Sandy Day def. Marianne Metzger 5 & 4, Sue Hunter def. Karen Fay 1 up, LaVone Kirkwood def. Janet Hughes 1 up, Deb Stuart def. Tina Blum 1 up, Carolyn Turner def. Sharon Swartsley 5 & 3, Michelle Sandifur def. Bogey Loyd 1 up, Alice Hunt def. Julie Schamanek 2 & 1, Shelley Lehrkind def. Annette VanDaam 4 & 3.
WOMEN’S SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Dana Carrigan bye, Janet Stark def. Nancy Gish 1 up, Maureen McFaddin def. Dana McIntosh 2 & 1, Cathy Trower def. Deanne St. Martin 1 up, Tammie Allen def. Becky Barry 1 up, Susan Stringer def. Nancy Cotton 1 up, LeeAnn Loftin def. Barb Reed 6 & 5, Jane Wesley-Brooks def. Judi Yazzie 7 & 6.
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