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Extra holes, hole-in-one spice up SOGC

The third day of match play in the 89th Southern Oregon Golf Championships seemed to produce a little bit of everything Saturday at Rogue Valley Country Club.

Plenty of playoff holes? Check.

A hole-in-one? Check.

Former champions knocking off other former champions? Check.

There’s even a mother-daughter story line in the mix, with mom Jan Hughes advancing to face daughter Marla Parmele in the women’s senior division.

Perhaps the best match of the day occurred in the women’s division, where recent Rogue Valley Stroke Play champion Jessica Young went four sudden-death playoff holes before dispatching 16-year-old high school standout Baylee Hammericksen on the 22nd hole on the outside course.

The match featured a variety of spectacular shots down.

Also in the strong women’s division, Trina Jones, the 2008 winner, eliminated defending champion Aubrie Street, 2 and 1, and former titlists Johnna Nealy and Terry Levis advanced.

In men’s senior play, Mark Wilson thrilled spectators with a hole-in-one at No. 11 in his match against Brent Barr. The shot from 144 yards with a 7-iron helped Wilson to a 23-hole victory.

In the men’s division, a marquee matchup is in store today with four-time champion Mike Barry meeting Brian Jones, who has qualified for this month’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Barry topped Jacob Gooding, 3 and 2, and Jones defeated Jake Quast, 1 up.

In the men’s junior-senior, an all-Grants Pass semifinal is set after defending champion Steve Taormino downed David Cuttrell, 3 and 1, and Ryan Schaefer tripped Johnny Mansfield, 4 and 3.

In the men’s senior, Rich Fink knocked off his second straight former champion, beating Brad Bills, 1 up, a day after he dispatched defending champion Glen Clark. In addition to Wilson, other winners were Kevin Klabunde and Eric Austad.

Men’s super senior winners were Doug Olson and David Orr, while men’s legends players advancing were Bob Maentz and George Mack.

Parmele posted a 1-up win over Deb Stuart and will meet her mother, Hughes, in the senior women’s semifinals today. Hughes ousted Cathy Trower, 2 and 1. On the other half of the bracket, defending champ Shelly Lehrkind faces Tina Blum.

In the Young-Hammericksen match, more than once it appeared each player was doomed, but brilliant shot-making rescued them.

“It was tough, it was crazy,” said Young, who played for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley before graduating recently. “She definitely gave me my money’s worth.”

Neither player had more than a one-hole lead until Young went 2 up on the 13th.

Hammericksen, who won the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship as a freshman last spring, claimed 16 and 17 to square the match.

On the 18th hole, she pulled her drive well left, while Young pounded her tee shot inside 100 yards and in the center of the fairway.

Hammericksen, barely visible through the trees, launched a high shot that cleared them and landed just short of the pin and nearly hopped in.

It stopped about 10 feet from the cup.

“It definitely surprised me,” said Young. “I was not expecting it, but that’s kind of what you’ve got with match play. I was definitely comfortable in my shoes, and she made me a little nervous.”

Both made par to move to extra holes, starting on No. 1.

They made pars to halve the first hole.

On No. 2, Hammericksen put her approach from 136 yards to 6 inches, and was conceded the birdie. Young then drilled a 20-foot birdie to stay alive.

On No. 3, Young made a 15-foot bogey putt, and it kept her in it when Hammericksen, faced with a slick downhiller, three-putted.

On the fourth and final playoff hole, Hammericksen found the middle of the par-3 green, but Young hit the flagstick, leaving her a couple feet. Her birdie decided it.

“My dad told me to aim just a little bit left because I play a cut,” said Young. “He lined me up perfectly, and I trusted it. I was really happy with what came out of it.”

Young plays Levis today.

Jones, meanwhile, will get Nealy in the same division. It’ll be a rematch of one about 20 years ago, said Jones, when both played phenomenally and went 18 holes.

“It was probably one of the most fun matches I’ve ever had,” said Jones.

Against the long-hitting Street, Jones had to be herself. She was 3 down through 10 holes as Street repeatedly knocked approach shots close, then Jones played the next seven in 1 under. She closed it out on 17 with a par after Street’s drive went right and into a tree line.

“She’s a fantastic player,” said Jones. “I played within myself, which I have to do. I’m not going to hit it 250, 300 yards. I just don’t. So I have to play to my strengths. I was a little off on the front nine, but I hung in there.”

Wilson probably wasn’t expecting to go extra holes with Barr. In addition to making his sixth career ace — and first in competition — he was 3 up with three holes to play.

But Barr birdied two of the last three holes to force a playoff.

“It wasn’t the best golf,” Wilson, who won senior crowns in 2012 and ‘13, said of the playoff. “We both had our opportunities to make some putts and win. That’s kind of how it happened. Nobody made any birdies but we had a few pars and good clutch shots and a couple good bogeys, actually, to push a hole.”

Wilson finished the match on No. 5, hitting the green and two-putting for par as Barr missed it short right with his approach and couldn’t get a downhill par putt to fall.

The outcome for Wilson was opposite of the day before, when he was 2 down with two to play and rallied to win on the 19th.

Matches continue through Monday, when championships in all divisions will be decided.

SOGC Match Play

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Brian Jones def. Jake Quast 1 up, Mike Barry def. Jacob Gooding 3 & 2, Taylor Klemp def. Bryan Wheelock 1 up, Matt Hedges def. Riggs Loftin 6 & 4.

MEN’S FIRST FLIGHT

Kevin Knox def. Seth Walters 1 up, Mark Wilson def. Scott Weiland 19th hole, Gerry Snyder def. Charlie Moore 7 & 6, JC Ritter def. Brandon Chun 3 & 2.

MEN’S SECOND FLIGHT

Ryan Suvoy def. Charlie Walker 1 up, Ryan Kantor def. Michael Wurzell 2 up, Jake Rockwell def. Kristopher Kaufman 1 up, Gabe Provencio def. Mike Hagert 3 & 1.

MEN’S THIRD FLIGHT

Kieth Dierkes def. Jason Hanlin 1 up, Timothy Hornecker def.Chase Schumacher 1 up, Tyler Arnsberg def. Spencer Frantz 19th hole, Rich Mettler def. Maxwell Lewis 1 up.

MEN’S FOURTH FLIGHT

Alex Williamson def. Craig Fox 1 up, Justin Hanlin def. Josh Pean 1 up, Josh Huffman def. Morgan Hawkins 1 up, Christopher Ellis def. Dylan Schwarm 3 & 2.

MEN’S FIFTH FLIGHT

John Campoy def. Ian Norgan 2 & 1, Ben Running def. Gregory Beckner 1 up, Shawn Shumate def. Tim Shaw 1 up, Dustin Wallace def. Russell James 4 & 3.

MEN’S SIXTH FLIGHT

Tristan Lallo def. Dave Mettler 1 up, Tanner Lawton def. Chad Day 2 up, Scott Mettler def. Jeremy Ross 1 up, Collin Kruger def. Ceasar Espino 4 & 3.

MEN’S SEVENTH FLIGHT

Jeff Drake bye, Taylor Boyd def. Shane Maclauchlan 2 up, Adam Reed def. Alex Aaronson 2 up, Stephen Odell def. Scott Sterton 1 up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Steve Taormino def. David Cuttrell 3 & 1, Ryan Schaefer def. Johnny Mansfield 4 & 3, Cameron Mitchell def. Scott Wise 3 & 2, John Ellsworth def. Jeff Barry 2 & 1.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

Todd Dixon def. Craig Knips 1 up, Robert Neff def. Mark Mullaney 4 & 3, Andy Baida def. Ian Powers 1 up, Brandon Crosier def. Benny Shapiro 3 up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Chris Norlander def. Jay Klemp 3 & 2, Brooks Gard def. Matthew Johnson 9 & 8, Chris Sollom def. Ron Stranahan 2 & 1, Scott Loyd def. Rick Jackson 1 up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT

Bill Savarino def. Bobby Jones 1 up, Joe Davis def. Glenn Johannes 1 up, Jim Mansfield def. George Johnston 2 & 1, Jeff Morgan def. Eric Artner 7 & 6.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT

John Couch def. Dennis Richards 2 & 1, Greg Jones def. Joe Arneson 3 & 2, Phillip Heiner def. Mike Walker 1 up, Darin Hess def. Daryn Clark 1 up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT

Kevin Jones def. Steve Tollefson 2 & 1, Alex Clark def. Jim Retzlaff 2 & 1, Rick Hutchins def. Michael O’Connell 6 & 5, Greg Jacobs def. Jack Lewis 2 & 1.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT

Jason Rowan def. Jason Miller 2 & 1, Thadd Reeder def. Michael Stavish 2 up, Milo Smith def. Chris Dufour 1 up, Jim Stormo def. Kevin Primerano 1 up.

MEN’S JUNIOR SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT

Brian Sherill def. Philip Smith 1 up, Jason Johnson def. Jad Dickson 2 & 1, Brian Carr def. James Figueroa 7 & 5, Billy Burke def. Erik Stamm 1 up.

MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Rich Flink def. Brad Bills 1 up, Eric Austad def. Kevin Wu 6 & 5, Kevin Klabunde def. Scott Tuttle 1 up, Mark Wilson, Sr. def. Brent Barr 23rd hole.

MEN’S SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

Kenneth Stringer def. Gary Loeb 1 up, Marty Morlan def. David Voss 1 up, Bruce Hart def. Bruce Mendelson 19th hole, Scott Moore def. Tom Pepple 20th hole.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Doug Olson def. Bob Dickey 3 & 2, David Orr def. Jerry Eklund 2 & 1.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

John Johnson def. Tom Powley 3 & 2, Billy Crenshaw def. Kenny Weist 1 up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Ron Howard def. Carl Harsch 4 & 3, Gordon Empey def. Terry Anderson 20th hole.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT

Robert Vetorino def. Dodd Samuel 1 up, John Dunkin def. Vaughn Schneider 1 up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT

Michael Cooper def. Mark Pagen 3 & 2, Richard Brekke def. Brian Schmitz 2 up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT

Scott Swendiman def. Bob Wolfe 2 & 1, Gary Bates def. Jerry Carstens 3 &2.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT

Eldon Powley def. John Lawton 1 up, Michael Goldman def. Kenneth Linden 19th hole.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT

John Bucchino def. Jim Hauck 5 & 4, Jim Garrison def. Roger Peck 1 up.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR EIGHTH FLIGHT

Mike Armitage def. Frank Lucas 4 & 3, John Rey def. George Parsons 19th hole.

MEN’S SUPER SENIOR NINTH FLIGHT

Gary Wood def. Tom Urby 3 & 1, Steve Warrington def. Dan Marshall 19th hole.

MEN’S LEGENDARY CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Robert Maentz def. Bob Harrell 5 & 3, George Mack, Sr def. Richard Entinger 2 & 1.

MEN’S LEGENDS FIRST FLIGHT

Ron Dickson def. John Jensen 1 up, Tom Hamlin def. Dave Mansfield 1 up.

MEN’S LEGENDS SECOND FLIGHT

Jim Quincy def. Mike Trovato 2 up, Len Merryman def. John Root 2 & 1.

MEN’S LEGENDS THIRD FLIGHT

Phil Gossner def. David Rasmussen 1 up, Jim Arnsberg def. Pete Puljan 1 up.

PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT

Joey Walker def. Shawn Cockrum 1 up, Ed Fisher def. Scott Simpson 1 up, Kevin Murphy def. Orette Facey 4 & 3, Chris Daggitt def. Jeff Orr 20th hole.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Johnna Nealy def. Sandy Day 5 & 3, Trina Jones def. Aubrie Street 2 & 1, Jessica Young def. Baylee Hammericksen 22nd hole, Terry Levi’s def. Toni Watkins 2 up.

WOMEN’S FIRST FLIGHT

Kelly Loeb def. Tracie Armitage 1 up, Kirsten Reed def. Amanda Nealy 2 up, Marianne Pea def. Lindsey Crosier 4 & 3, Rachael Wickenheiser def. Melinda Heiner 1 up.

WOMEN’S SECOND FLIGHT

Sarah Clark def. Francie Bostwick 3 & 2, Genna Mettler def. Christine Mascal 1 up, Laura Rommes def. Makenna Clark 4 &2, Laura Pinkham def. Julie Tissen 1 up.

WOMEN’S THIRD FLIGHT

Michele Orrico bye, Barb Storm def. Ashley Snowden 1 up, Janice Moore def. Heather Wise 1 up, Tory Nieto def. Dana Clark 1 up.

WOMEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Shelly Lehrkind def. Maureen McFaddin 3 & 2, Tina Blum def. Pamela Faurote 1 up, Marla Parmele def. Deb Stuart 1 up, Jan Hughes def. Cathy Trower 2 & 1.

WOMEN’S SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT

LaVonne Kirkwood def. Barb Pinkham 4 & 3, Sharon Swartsley def. Julie Schamanek 1 up, Janet Stark def. Cathy Dunlap 1 up, Karen Fay def. Lee Ann Loftin 2 & 1.

WOMEN’S SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT

Sue Hunter def. Julie Veley 1 up, Darla Allen def. Dana Carrigan 4 & 3, Michele Sandifur def. Tami Surplus 2 & 1, Barb Reed def. Cathy Shorkey 1 up.

WOMEN’S SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT

Susan Stringer def. Nancy Gish 2 & 1, Dana McIntosh def. Mary Wittenberg 1 up, Jane Conrad def. Peg Tomlins 1 up, Pam Schepis def. Stephanie Heilman 1 up

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