OGA Championships Schedule Set, Registration Opens Feb. 19
The Oregon Golf Association recently finalized its 2021 championship schedule which offers a variety of team, four-ball, net, stroke- and match-play formats. Registration begins Friday, Feb. 19.
The schedule is back to full strength this season with all 13 OGA Championships joining the annual Hudson Cup on the docket. The 2021 championship calendar spans from May to October, cresting in July, a month which features nearly half of the year's competitions.
Brent Whittaker, the OGA's Director of Tournament Operations, is excited with the collection of golf courses selected for the 2021 OGA Championship season.
"Each championship site will emphasize the quality and variety that the Northwest offers," Whittaker said. "From the coast, to the valley, to the high desert, this year’s assortment of courses truly showcases a diverse climate and landscape."
The marquee event, the 112th Oregon Amateur Championship, is scheduled for July 5-10 and will be played at Bandon Trails at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The men’s, women’s and senior women’s championship will be played at the same facility during that week.
"Of the five courses at Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails merges the uniqueness of the Oregon Coast into its lay out as it meanders from the beach, to the meadow, along an inland lake, into the forest and then back to the beach," Whittaker said.
Three qualifiers have been scheduled for the Oregon Am men’s division, with all three occurring in June and set to be played at Quail Valley GC (June 12), Stone Creek GC (June 15) and Tokatee GC (June 19).
This year marks the third time this venerable event will be held at Bandon Dunes, which hosted the Oregon Am in both 2002 and 2009. Greg LaVoie and Kailin Downs took home titles back in 2002, while Andrew Vijarro and Amy Beth Simanton were victorious in 2009.
The OGA's season-opening event is the 33rd Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship set for May 1-2 at Shadow Hills CC in Junction City. That two-day competition includes a pair of qualifiers on the men's side, April 17 and 20, both to be played at OGA GC in Woodburn.
After a one-year hiatus, the 37th Oregon Senior Men’s Amateur Championship is back and scheduled for Sept. 7-10 at Arrowhead GC in Molalla. The 2020 edition was cancelled at the last moment due to host site COVID-19 considerations.
Another event to circle on the calendar is the 69th Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship scheduled for Aug. 6-8 at Emerald Valley GC in Creswell. That three-day competition routinely attracts the top golfers in the region.
Salishan GL will be the site of the 31st Oregon Women’s Stroke Play which will be played July 27-29. The 16th Oregon Super Senior Championship, featuring both men's and women's divisions, will simultaneously occur at Salishan GL on those dates.
Beginning in 2021, the Women's Stroke Play is now a 54-hole event. "By adding the extra round to the Women's Stroke Play, competitors become eligible to earn WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) Points," Whittaker said. "It's a direction we are looking at with some of our other championship as well."
The 76th playing of the OGA Tournament of Champions will be held May 22-23 at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond. The TOC was also cancelled in early 2020 due to COVID-19.
Also returning in 2021 are the Public Links, Parent/Child Chapman, Four-Ball and Men's Team Championship. See below for a complete 2021 schedule.