The Tigard grad is victorious in the match play tourney
by: Eric Yaillen, Tracy Broders, a Tigard High School graduate, holds the trophy she earned by winning the 2006 Women’s Oregon Amateur title.

PORTLAND - A former Tiger is an Oregon champion.

Tracy Broders, a 2004 Tigard High School graduate, won the 2006 Women's Oregon Amateur Golf championship at the match play tournament that ended Sunday at the Portland Golf Club.

'I came out hoping for the best, and just played each stroke and each hole,' Broders said. 'It was all about making the next shot.'

Broders, who will be a junior on the Washington State University women's golf team this fall, won five match play rounds throughout the tournament, culminating with her 4 and 2 win over Johnna Nealy of Grants Pass in the 36-hole final on Sunday.

'We both put up a good fight,' Broders said. 'I was never down in the tournament, and it appeared (Nealy) was pressing a little bit in the afternoon round.'

In the morning round of the 36-hole final, Broders grabbed her first lead with a par on the 314-yard par 4 hole No. 3 while Nealy had a bogey on the hold. Broders quickly went up by two holes as she had a par on hole No. 4 while Nealy had a bogey.

Nealy, 22, came back strong. She won holes No. 10 and 11 to even up the match. But Broders responded by winning hole No. 13 and hole No. 15, where she carded a birdie on the 518-yard par 5 hole, to again take a two-hole lead.

Nealy won hole No. 16 to trim Broders' lead to just one hole at the end of the morning round.

The former Tigard standout took control in Sunday's afternoon round. She won hole No. 1 and, after Nealy won hole No. 2, Broders had back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 - winning both - to take a three-hole lead.

Broders upped her lead to four holes and she triumphed on hole No. 10. Nealy rallied, winning hold No. 1 and hole No. 12, but Broders would win hole No. 15 and then hole No. 16 to wrap up the victory.

Broders opened the match-play tournament by defeating Loree McKay of La Quinta, Calif., 5 and 3, in the round of 32. In the round of 16, she scored a 4 and 3 win over Jessica Black of Bend.

The quarterfinals saw Broders down Breanne Smith of Canby 6 and 5. In the semifinals Broders scored a 2 and 1 win over Donna Posner of Beaverton to reach the championship match.

Katie Hildahl, a 2006 Tualatin Highgraduate, reached the semifinal round of the tournament.

Hildahl opened the tourney by scoring a 2 and 1 win over Amanda Jacobs of Portland in the round of 32. She then downed Kendra Little of Eugene 2 up in the round of 16.

In the quarterfinals, Hildahl bested Lara Tennant of Portland 1 up. In the semifinals Hildahl lost 4 and 3 to Nealy.

Rebecca Kim, a 2006 Tigard High School graduate, and Kristi Sandvik of Tualatin each reached the round of 16.

On the men's side, Dustin Andres of Tualatin and Paul Campbell of Tigard each reached the round of 16 before losing.

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