Bend golfer second again — Andrew Vijarro again narrowly missed his first developmental mini-tour win. This week, three weeks after earning his first second-place finish, Vijarro placed second at a Gateway Pro tournament at Anthem Golf and Country Club in Anthem, Ariz., near Phoenix. The Bend golfer shot a 9-under-par 70-68-69—207 to finish alone in second place in a field of 99 players. Vijarro, a Bend High graduate who turned pro last June after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Oregon, finished one stroke behind winner Ryan Dillon, of Dallas. The runner-up finish earned Vijarro $7,000 and moved him to fourth on the Gateway money list with $13,750 in winnings through three tournaments this year.
Widgi Creek names new head pro — Matt Phillips has been named the head professional at Widgi Creek Golf Club in Bend. Phillips, 39, had been the head pro at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters for four years before leaving the golf business in June 2011. Phillips replaces Dan Ostrin, who was head pro at Aspen Lakes for eight seasons before being let go from the club last month as part of a restructuring effort.
C.O. Golf Trail Player’s Card on sale — The Central Oregon Golf Trail, a marketing partnership of nearly two dozen Central Oregon golf courses, is currently selling its 2013 Player’s Card. For $139 ($159 after March 31), holders are entitled to a 50 percent discount off the regular green fee for one round at each of 19 participating courses through Dec. 31. The Player’s Card is valid for rounds after noon seven days a week, including holidays. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the card benefits the Central Oregon Junior Golf Association and funds a $1,000 COJGA scholarship sponsored by the Golf Trail. To purchase, visit Central Oregon Visitors Association on 705 S.W. Bonnett Way, Suite 1000 in Bend, or online at centraloregongolftrail.com.
— Bulletin staff reports