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Amateur Championships coming to Beaverton

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In 2015, Oregon will add another chapter to its history of hosting premier women’s golf events when Portland Golf Club hosts the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.

The event, which will be free to the public, runs from Aug. 10-16 2015. It will be the 33rd United States Golf Association championship in Oregon and the third at Portland Golf Club.

“Portland Golf Club has a deep heritage of golf,” says Ed Ellis, co-chair of Portland Golf Club’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. “We wanted to continue that. I talked to people at USGA (United States Golf Association) and told them that we were open to hosting anything. We had a lot of discussions, they came out and did a sight review and we talked about a lot of things. They came back and asked if we would be interested in hosting the U.S. Women’s Amateurs. We said, ‘By all means.’ The board voted for it unanimously.

“It’s going to keep Portland Golf Club’s tradition of having championship events. One of the things the club wants to do is give back to the community. It’s good for the community, it’s good for us and we’re proud to do it.”

Jack Folliard, known by most as a Pac-12 referee, has been a member of Portland Golf Club for close to 30 years and will serve as a co-chair of the event. He says that it will take a great deal of effort from all involved to put on the event, but that Portland Golf Club is fortunate to have an abundance of time to plan for it.

“We’re really looking forward to the organizational side of things,” Folliard says. “It’s a big project. But, luckily we have two and a half years before the event actually comes off.”

When the tournament does roll around, Oregon will be in the midst of one of the busiest months for women’s sports in state history.

“With Oregon hosting the Little League Softball World Series, the LPGA Tour and the Women’s Amateur Championship all during the same month, Oregon will be the Mecca for women’s sports and women’s golf in August 2015,” says Drew Mahalic, the CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority, one of the event’ partners.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will feature players from around 20 different countries, including Beaverton High star sophomore Gigi Stoll. After qualifying for the U.S. Open as a 15-year-old last year, Stoll could be one of the favorites in 2015, especially considering that Portland Golf Club is her home course.

“Any golfer, getting to play in a championship on their home course would certainly look forward to that,” Beaverton coach Donna Smoot says. “It’s a big advantage to be able to play on your home course with your family and friends there to support you and it’s an advantage to know the course that well.”

Stoll will have stiff competition coming from both U.S. players and international players. Korean Consulate John Bates says that he is eager to welcome players from Korea to Oregon.

“They’re an amazing group of young ladies,” Bates says, of the Korean golfers. “They’re very competitive, they’re great golfers and they’re fun young ladies to be with.”

Smoot, who qualified for two USGA Amateur Championships during her playing days, says that the tournament could have enormous ramifications for Washington County and golf fans across the state.

“It’s a huge announcement to have a USGA Tournament in your community,” Smoot says. “When I played in them years and years ago, I learned that it’s like a professional event. You’re going to have players from around the world representing many different countries and to have that right in your neighborhood, it doesn’t happen very often.

“Portland Golf Club is the perfect course for the Women’s Amateur. It’s deceptively long and challenging and it has a great history of hosting important tournaments. It has been called the greatest short course in the world. Portland golf fans are going to see the next great players on the LPGA Tour. We have a Big Time tournament, a wonderful golf course and a local favorite. For Oregon golf fans, it doesn’t get any better than that.”




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