Nate Stember and Victoria Gailey Named 2018 Oregon Junior Golf Players of the Year
WOODBURN, Ore. – Nate Stember (Portland, Ore.) and Victoria Gailey (Tigard, Ore.) have been named the 2018 Oregon Junior Golf Players of the Year, announced this past weekend by Oregon Junior Golf and the Oregon Golf Association.
The announcement was made at the 2018 Oregon Junior Golf Tournament of Major Champions, held Saturday, Sept. 15 at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
Stember, 17, had a remarkable summer season, compiling three Oregon Junior Golf victories, qualifying for a national championship, and winning a regional competition including some of the best junior golfers from the western U.S. and Canada.
His season was highlighted by victories at both the Oregon Junior Amateur in June, and the Oregon Junior Stroke Play in July. Stember also won the first OJG major of the season, at the Centennial Junior Championship at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Ore. Nationally, Stember earned medalist honors at the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur sectional qualifier held in Portland in June, advancing to match play and the round of 32 at July’s championship.
His 2018 season ended on a high note in August, when he was the low individual at the 50th Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches held at Riverside Golf & Country Club. The prestigious event included top junior players from around the country and British Columbia, as he came back from eight shots behind after the first day of play to win by one stroke overall.
Stember, a senior at Lincoln High School in Portland, has verbally committed to continue his academic and golf career at the University of Oregon beginning in 2019.
Gailey, 18, ended her Oregon Junior Golf career this summer, but not before a stellar 2018 season. She won her second Oregon Junior Stroke Play title of her career in a playoff, also winning the 2018 Peter Jacobsen Junior Challenge in June at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. Gailey finished runner-up at this year’s Oregon Junior Amateur.
Nationally, Gailey finished T20 at the 2018 Girls Junior PGA Championship, after winning the Pacific Northwest PGA Junior Championship earlier in the summer. Gailey represented Oregon and OJG at the 2018 Girls Junior America’s Cup, finishing as the low Oregon player and leading the squad to a sixth-place finish. Individually, Gailey finished in a tie for 12th.
Gailey has moved on to college, and currently is in her freshman year at the University of Nevada – Reno. She’s one of three Oregonians on the team, along with senior Kaitlin Collom (Klamath Falls, Ore.) and junior Jenny Krause (Eugene, Ore.). The team is playing in its first tournament this week, with Gailey the No. 1 golfer for her first-ever collegiate event.