Stoll is second in stroke play

by: ERIC YAILLEN ON TARGET — Beaverton's Gigi Stoll came from behind and nearly won the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championship before settling for second.

WOODBURN - Gigi Stoll's magical summer took a slight detour last week, but only a slight one.

Stoll, 14 and a Beaverton resident, had already won the Oregon Amateur golf championship for the girls 15-17 age division, and the Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur.

While Stoll didn't win her most recent venture - the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championship at the OGA Golf Course - she came pretty darn close. Battling rival Monica Vaugn of Reedsport, Stoll rallied from a five-shot deficit to chop Vaugn's lead to one late in the third round of the tournament on July 7.

But Vaughn steadied herself with a par on the OGA course's 15th hole while Stoll made bogey, and she used that edge to hang on and win by two strokes. Vaughn shot an even-par 70-72-74-216 while Stoll ended her tournament at 73-73-72-218.

Nonetheless, both Stoll and Vaughn's efforts helped them earn spots on the Girls Junior Americas Cup team, where they'll be joined by Morgan Thompson of Tualatin and Caroline Inglis of Eugene. Vaughn, Thompson and Inglis are all returning members of the Junior America's Cup team, while Stoll will be making her first appearance. Stoll earned enough points last year to make the team, but because she was just 13, was ineligible to compete.

Team captain Mary Harrington noted, 'this team ranks as one of the strongest (teams) I've ever had,' she said. 'Our girls are really proud to represent the state of Oregon. We'd like to medal and I think we have a good chance of winning.'

The Girls Junior America Cup will be July 26-28 at Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort near Lake Tahoe, Nev.