Quast leads at Stroke Play Championship
Former Cascade Christian golfer Jake Quast shot a 6-under-par 66 to take the lead during the opening round of the 64th Oregon Men's Stroke Play Championship at Centennial Golf Club on Friday.
Also in the open flight, Medford's Reese Fisher and Rogue River's Kevin Murphy are tied for fourth with their 69s and Medford’s Max Davis is tied for ninth (70).
Ashland's Matt Hedges is tied for 24th (73).
The 54-hole championship consists of three divisions: Open, Senior and Master-40. The field in each division will be cut in half, including ties, after 36 holes. The tournament runs through Sunday.
Brad Karns of Vancouver, Wash., totaled five birdies to finish his day in the lead in the Senior Division at 2-under-par 70, while Beaverton’s Jim Dunlap got off to a good start in his attempt for consecutive Master-40 titles as the tournament leader with an even-par 72.
Ashland’s Marty Morlan is tied for second in the Senior Division after posting a 71 and Medford’s Dave Schoenmann is tied for 10th at 75. In Master-40 competition, Ashland’s David Simms and Eagle Point’s Robert Hyer are tied for seventh at 10-over 82 and Talent’s Derek Jones is one shot back at 83.
Quast, of Ashland, played bogey-free with three birdies on the front nine, an eagle on the 525-yard par-5 No. 11 and a fourth birdie on No. 14.
Quast was named freshman golfer of the year at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., and placed second in the Class 3A/2A/1A state tournament last year, helping the Challengers to their first state championship.
Albany’s Conner Kumpula is second, one shot back of Quast at 67.
University of Oregon golfer Sulman Raza won the championship last year at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby.
OPEN DIVISION (Top 10): 1, Jake Quast, Medford, 66; 2, Conner Kumpula, Albany, 67; 3, Brian Humphreys, Washougal, Wash., 68; T4, Reese Fisher, Medford, Kevin Murphy, Rogue River, Riley Elmes, Lake Oswego, Austin Spicer, Gresham, and Charlie Hillier, Oregon City, 69; T9, Max Davis, Medford, Nigel Chevro Lett, Beaverton, Justin Wiles, Klamath Falls, and Alex Lee, West Linn, 70.
Great West League
LODI 7, MEDFORD 1: At Lodi, Calif., hours after completion of a suspended baseball game from Thursday night, the Medford Rogues dropped their second straight road contest against the Lodi Crushers.
Lodi secured a walk-off win in a resumed game from Thursday, when the game was suspended after the 13th inning when a sprinkler system came on. Once resumed, the Crushers (22-29) kept the league-leading Rogues (37-14) at bay in the top of the 14th inning and then won 3-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
In Friday’s game, switched to seven innings, Lodi scored three runs in the third and sixth innings to pull away. Medford scored its lone run in the fifth inning when Bryon Foust singled and later scored on a single by Jaden Hanna.
Painter, Westfall (6), Lowrie (6) and Stutzman; Patterson and Torres. W — Patterson. L — Painter. 2B — M: Lowrie; L: Wallace, Robinson, Williams 2, Law. HR — L: Pacheco.