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Chianello wins the Oregon Amateur


Centennial High graduate Nick Chianello dominates the middle of the course to win title

Centennial High graduate Nick Chianello won six straight showdowns to claim the 103rd Oregon Amateur match-play golf championship last weekend at Tualatin Country Club.

He finished by winning the two-round final "4 & 3" over Tyler Falk of Springfield, winning the first two holes of the match and never trailing. Chianello went 4-up on the opening day by claiming 4 of 5 holes in the middle of the round, highlighted by an eagle on the 508-yard, ninth hole.

Falk climbed to within one hole with a birdie on the par-4, second hole on Day 2, but once again Chianello made a run over the middle of the course taking 5 of 6 holes, this time highlighted with birdies on a pair of par-5s to go 6-up with six to play.

Falk survived the next two holes before the pair halved the par-3, 15th giving Chianello the trophy.

Chianello's toughest challenges came early in the tournament.

He he rallied from an early two-hole deficit in his opening match to defeat Portland's Trey Pflug "2 & 1". The duo was all-square midway through the back-nine before Chianello won the 14th hole with a par and the 16th with a birdie before closing out the match with a par on the 386-yard, 17th hole.

He went on to beat Gladstone's Denny Taylor "3 & 1" in the second round, using birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to secure the victory.

Chianello, a senior at Oregon State in the fall, finished bracket play with 21 birdies and an eagle. He was seeded ninth after the stroke-play qualifying rounds.

Ryan Pickthorn of Damascus qualified 36th and lost in a tight "1-up" decision to Lake Oswego's Sean Collopy in the first round. Pickthorn held a one-hole lead after carding a birdie on the 13th hole, but a bogey on the 18th allowed Collopy to advance.

Amy Beth Simanton of Lake Oswego won the women's tournament "8 & 7" over Kendall Prince of Corvallis. Simanton tallied 10 birdies over the 29 holes of the championship match and carried a comfortable lead throughout.

Her biggest challenge came in the quarterfinals where she scored a "1-up" victory over Lindsay Aho of Brush Prairie, Wash., after claiming the 18th hole by two strokes.