Henninger just misses coveted top-5 finish
CHAMPIONS TOUR QUALIFYING
Wilsonville's Brian Henninger, 55, just missed having a big day in the final round of the Champions Tour national qualifying tournament Friday at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
Henninger placed sixth — and the top five finishers earned fully-exempt status on the tour for the 2018 season.
Others in the top 30 and ties will be eligible to compete in open qualifiers at any Champions Tour event.
Henning led this qualifying event after his first-round 61, 10-under. He followed that with a 69 and 67 to go into Friday's final round tied for second, two shots behind leader Tim Petrovic.
It was a wild round and back nine for Henninger. At the turn on Friday, he was tied for third, but only two shots ahead of the player in sixth place. Going into the final hole, he was tied for fifth with playing partner Ken Tanigawa. Tanigawa birdied to get to 17-under, tied for fourth. Henninger drove into the water and took his third back-nine bogey to finish sixth at 15-under.
The 5-8, 150-pound Henninger has nearly $5 million in career earnings as a pro golfer.
Caroline Inglis, a former Pac-12 champion at Oregon, is in good position after three rounds of the 90-hole LPGA Qualifying School at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Inglis shot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday and goes into the weekend in a five-way tie for 16th place.
The tournament ends Sunday, and
top 20 finishers will earn full LPGA status for 2018. Those who finish 21-45, including ties, will get conditional LPGA status for next year.
Former Portland State golfer Britney Yada is in an 11-way tie for 44th at 218, four shots back of Inglis.
Lara Tennant of Portland has been named the 2017 Oregon Golf Association women's player of the year.
Cole Madey of West Linn and UCLA was named the top men's golfer.
Tennant, 50, won the Oregon Senior Women's Amateur and Oregon Women's Mid-Amateur, then was co-medalist and the top seed in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Waverley Country Club, her home course.
She also tied for third in the Oregon Senior Women's Stroke Play Championship and fifth in the OGA Tournament of Champions.