WOODBURN, Ore. – Approximately 125 public course golfers will compete in the 21st Oregon Public Links Championship this weekend, taking place August 11-12, 2018 at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
The Public Links Championship is an event open only to those OGA members that are members of a public OGA member club.
Both the Men’s and Women’s defending champions will be back to attempt to win another title. Max Murai (Beaverton, Ore.) is a rising junior at Cal State East Bay, while last year’s Women’s champion, Jenny Krause (Eugene, Ore.) will be entering her junior season at the University of Nevada.
Along with Murai, who earlier this year advanced to the round of 32 at the Oregon Amateur, three former Public Links champions will be competing in the Men’s field – Ryan Fery (Beaverton, Ore.), Byron Patton (Tigard, Ore.) and Chad Sawyer (Portland, Ore.). Sawyer won the event in back-to-back years (2008 & 2009), while Fery won in 2004. Patton won in 2012, and has had recent OGA success – last year, he and his playing partner won the Senior Men’s title at the 2017 Oregon Amateur Four-Ball.
Also playing this weekend is Bryce Wortman (Creswell, Ore.), the San Jose State rising junior who advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 Oregon Amateur and was low amateur at this year’s Oregon Open; Philip Bagdade (Portland, Ore.), the 2016 Oregon Mid-Amateur champion and runner-up in last month’s Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship; Brandon Lorain (Woodburn, Ore.), Master-40 winner at the 2018 Oregon Men’s Stroke Play, and Chris Polski (Eugene, Ore.), who just this week qualified for the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
The Women’s field features an impressive group, starting with Krause, whose victory last year was her second-career OGA win (2016 OGA Tournament of Champions). She’ll be joined in the first group on Saturday by Ellen Secor (Portland, Ore.) and Victoria Gailey (Tigard, Ore.). Secor, the rising junior at Colorado State, won the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with teammate Katrina Prendergast in the spring, and advanced to the semifinals of the Oregon Women’s Amateur in June. Gailey recently finished her junior golf career, winning this year’s Oregon Junior Stroke Play, and will join Krause at the University of Nevada this fall to begin her freshman campaign.
Kate Harper (Beaverton, Ore.), the 2008 Oregon Women’s Amateur and 2015 Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, will be competing, along with Kaitlin Collom (Klamath Falls, Ore.), rising senior at the University of Nevada. That makes three Nevada teammates playing in this year’s Public Links (Collom, Gailey, Krause).
Last year’s runner-up, Janelle Decker (Tualatin, Ore.) of George Fox University will also be competing, as well as Eastern Washington’s Madalyn Ardueser (Eugene, Ore.).