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by: SCOTT HALLERAN, Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa reacts to a missed birdie putt earlier this month in New Jersey, but no matter. She’s the LPGA Tour’s leading money winner this season and is scheduled to play Columbia Edgewater Country Club next month.

Golf fans are shouting 'Four!' - as Oregon plays host to four big events over the next four weeks. Here's a look at each tournament:

Curtis Cup

When, where: Saturday and Sunday, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Format: The U.S. versus Great Britain/Ireland in women's amateur golf, with eight players to a side, 12 singles matches and six alternate shot (foursomes) matches.

Notes: The U.S. squad has 42-year-old Victoria Grimes and teammates whose average age is 20. Jane Park, 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, will be a sophomore at UCLA. Paige Mackenzie, from Yakima, Wash., recently completed her University of Washington career. … This is the first big event for Bandon Dunes and if all goes well, the area could be in line for events. … Attendance is free, and officials expect crowds of 700 to 2,000. … The par-71 course will play to about 6,220 yards. … The Americans, led by Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer, won 10-8 last year and lead the series 24-6-3.

U.S. Women's Amateur

When, where: Aug. 7-13, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

Format: After 36 holes of stroke play over the first two days, the field of 156 will be trimmed to 64 for match play. The final is 36 holes.

Notes: Admission and parking are free. … Oregon prep champions Rebecca Kim (Tigard High, headed for Duke this year) and Kristen Svicarovich (Glencoe High, Vanderbilt) are in the field. … Past winners include Patty Berg, Babe Didrickson-Zaharias, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Beth Daniel, Juli Simpson (now Inkster) and Morgan Pressel (2005).

Safeway Classic

When, where: Aug. 14-20, Columbia Edgewater Country Club

Format: 54 holes over the final three days

Notes: Lorena Ochoa, 24, of Guadalajara, Mexico, has emerged as the LPGA Tour's leading money winner this season ($1,446, 641). Chasing her are Annika Sorenstam ($1,290,382), Karrie Webb ($1,197,433), Mi Hyun Kim ($1,014,724) and Juli Inkster ($975,571). … Allison Hanna, from David Douglas High, ranks 67th in 2006 earnings with $94,019.

Jeld-Wen Tradition

When, where: Aug. 21-27, the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club

Format: A 72-hole Champions Tour major, with 78 players and no cut

Notes: Jay Haas leads the money list with $1,520,686. Loren Roberts, defending Tradition champ, is second at $1,489,991. Each has won three times this season. … Peter Jacobsen ranks 12th with $675,374, and Bob Gilder is 19th with $530,117.

- Steve Brandon