Hval Repeats at 29th Oregon Senior Amateur

On yet again another beautiful September day at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore., defending champion Scott Hval put on a show defeating Byron Patton of Tigard, Ore., 4 & 2 to successfully defend his title at the 29th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship.

Hval played a nearly flawless front nine, finishing with a 6-under-par 30 and a 6-up lead over Patton at the turn.

Patton made a push on the back nine, making birdies on the 503-yard par-4 10th and the 156-yard par-3 11th, cutting into Hval's lead. After matching pars on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes, a bogey six for Hval on the 495-yard par-5 15th hole left him 3-up with three holes to play.

When Patton's approach found the left bunker on the short par-4 16th hole, he conceded Hval's birdie putt for the title.

"I just had an amazing front nine; I was kind of disappointed I didn't shoot 29," Hval said jokingly after the match. "I really didn't have any expectations for the week, but it was more than I could hope for."

In the Oregon Senior Women's Championship final match, Debbie Friede of Portland, Ore. defeated defending champion Loree McKay 3 & 1.

Friede went 1-up with a par on the 400-yard par-4 eighth hole and never looked back. The players matched each other on holes nine through 13, but a par on the 334-yard 14th hole got Friede to 2-up.

After matching pars on holes 15 and 16, Friede stuffed her tee shot on the 103-yard par-3 17th hole to six inches. McKay conceded the putt to give Friede the 29th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship title.

"I've actually had a pretty tough summer; I haven't really played all that great," Friede said after her round. "I tried to qualify for a couple of the national events and I wasn't very successful with that, so we came out here and tried to see if we could change the mode of it - and we did it."

Friede said she knew what she had to do to emerge victorious against McKay.

"I didn't play very good yesterday, so I knew something needed to change," Friede said. "I didn't make a ton of mistakes; I made a few but I recovered pretty nicely. It was a good match."

Freide was previously the runner-up at the 2010 Oregon Senior Women's Championship, having been defeated by Penny Saenguiraporn of Lake Oswego, Ore. She went through the process to regain her amateur status after playing on the LPGA Tour from 1982-1989.

In the First Flight final, Mark Bowler of Portland, Ore., defeated Randy Grosz of Portland, Ore., 4 & 2.

In the Second Flight final, Riverside G&CC member Michal Ralston of Portland, Ore., defeated Mike Walker of La Grande, Ore., 2 & 1.

In the Third Flight final, Jon Carroll of Eugene, Ore., defeated Jim Gibbons of Wilsonville, Ore. in 19 holes.

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