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Stoll wins Junior Amateur title

The Beaverton native won medalist honors in the 15-17 girls division
by: ERIC YAILLEN ON TARGET — Beaverton’s Gigi Stoll drives the ball during her win in the Oregon Junior Amateur Championship in Klamath Falls last week. Stoll beat Morgan Thompson 5 and 3 to claim her title at Reames Golf & Country Club.

KLAMATH FALLS - Gigi Stoll rules.

Stoll, 14, of Beaverton, had quite a week last week.

On June 28, Stoll earned medalist honors in the Girls 15-17 division of the Oregon Junior Amateur Champi-onship at Reames Golf and Country Club in Klamath Falls.

On Friday, she did herself one better. Stoll beat Tualatin's Morgan Thompson (the reigning Class 6A state champion) 5 and 3 to win Girls 15-17 title at the 81st annual Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur tournament.

'It's big. It's a big deal, and I really like this tournament,' Stoll said. 'It's a big tournament and I am really proud of the way I have played it.'

Stoll has been the premiere girl golfer in the region since coming on the scene as a Pee Wee golfer in 2007. That year, she won nearly everything she played in - the lone exception a stinging loss in the Junior Amateur when it was held at Creekside Golf Club in Salem.

Since then, although not winning every time she has teed it up, she has mastered the Oregon Junior Amateur. She won the Pee Wee title in 2008 at Bandon Dunes, shooting even par for the holes played. Then, she won the Intermediate Girls title with a 2 and 1 victory over Monica Vaughn of Reedsport, and repeated last year at Pumpkin Ridge.

With all that as pretext, Stoll - who successfully petitioned to play up a division prior to the start of the season - wasn't about to let this year's match get away.

Stoll and Thompson were all square through four holes on Friday, but Stoll made par on both the fifth and sixth holes while Thompson notched a double-bogey and bogey to go 2 up. Two holes later, Stoll birdied the eighth and ninth in succession while Thompson carded pars to go 4 up.

Stoll said she sensed the tide turning on the eighth hole.

'She had a double on (No. 5) and was getting frustrated and I could tell,' Stoll said. 'It was easy to see that it was getting to her, so I just tried to get pars and continue what I was doing.'

It's not like Thompson was playing badly. She was just 3-over par for the holes played. But today, good would not be good enough. Her round began to unravel with that double bogey on the 383-yard fifth hole, and that score seemed to affect her mindset as she went on to bogey and lose the next hole as well.

Then, when Thompson three-putted the 162-yard par-3 14th, Stoll was dorme. Thompson bogeyed the next hole giving Stoll the match 5 and 3.

Keeping her composure played a big role in her victory, Stoll said.

'I never really showed my emotions,' she said. 'I had a calm, calm day.'

Earlier in the week, Stoll showed the older girls that she was a serious contender as she shot a near-course record 6-under par 66 to easily walk away with medalist honors.

Next up for Stoll is another major - the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championship - which began Tuesday at the OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.

'I feel like I am playing good and I think I can do some damage,' she added.