Pyon continues to prove himself one of the top young golfers around

by: COURTESY OREGON GOLF ASSOCIATION - STATE RUNNER-UP SAMUEL PYONHappy Valley 13-year-old Samuel Pyon last week continued to prove himself one of the best young golfers in the state, as he finished runner-up in the Intermediate Boys Division (ages 12-13) of the Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur, held at Waverley Country Club.

Pyon lost to Bandon 13-year-old Jackson Kennon, 3 and 2, in Friday’s Intermediate Division championship flight final.

Pyon advanced by defeating Jonathan Lu of Portland, 2-up, in the quarterfinals; and Nate Stember of Portland, 6 and 4, in the semifinals.

Pyon shot 75 and 76 in the qualifying rounds, which was second-best only to Kennon, who had two consecutive 1-under-par rounds of 71 in qualifying.

Pyon also made some waves earlier this month, when he tied for fourth place in the 13-15 boys division of the Pacific Northwest Junior PGA Championships, with rounds of 72 and 74 at Lake Spanaway Golf Club in Tacoma. Pyon was just four strokes back of the medalist in that tournament.

Pyon wasn’t the only local golfer to fare well at the Junior Amateur.

Elliott Goulet of Milwaukie won the first flight of the Intermediate Division, defeating Austin Carnese of Portland in the final, 3 and 2.

Christopher Bright of Oregon City lost to Brendan Edelson of Portland, 4 and 3, in the Junior Division second flight final.

And Nicole Dolin of Oregon City won the Girls Division fifth flight final, defeating Mindy Eason of Springfield, 4 and 3.

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