The 40th annual LPGA Safeway Classic had a surprise ending last week, as Norway's Suzann Pettersen moved up to No. 2 in the world rankings with her come-from-behind victory at Pumpkin Ridge.
Pettersen went from a tie for 16th to the title in Sunday's final round, beating fifth-ranked Na Yeon Choi of South Korea with a par on the first playoff hole, the 18th on the Ghost Creek course in North Plains.
Pettersen, who was ranked No. 3 going into the $1.5 million Portland tour stop, fired a 7-under-par 64 on Sunday to catch Choi, who had led after the first two rounds but slipped to 73 on her final 18.
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• Another highlight at this year's tournament came in the media center, where longtime volunteer Margaret Maves received the Elon Ellis Award from Tournament Golf Foundation, which owns and operates the tourney.
The award goes to someone who has made outstanding contributions to TGF and the Safeway Classic. Maves has worked in the media center since the event began in 1972.
Maves is only the seventh recipient of the award. Previous honorees were Ellis, TGF founder, along with Phil Skutt, Donna Caponi, Nancy Lopez, Nike Nosler and Cheryl Langrell.
The University of Portland women's soccer team (1-0 after a 2-1 victory over Florida State) plays host to Washington State at 7 p.m. Friday at Merlo Field and visits San Diego State at noon Sunday. … The Pilots' men's soccer team opens at Oregon State at 7 p.m. Saturday. … Portland State volleyball, picked to finish second in the Big Sky, opens with four matches this weekend at a tournament in El Paso. … Concordia's third-ranked women's soccer team hosts a four-team tourney at Delta Park today and Saturday. The Cavaliers will play No. 1-ranked NAIA defending champion Lee (Tenn.) at 7 p.m. today, then face Trinity Western at 4 p.m. Saturday. The tourney also includes No. 2 Azusa Pacific.