BLACK BUTTE RANCH — Bend’s Richie Mikesell made an up-and-down par out of a fairway bunker on the 24th hole Sunday, sending his team to the round of 16 in the open division of the Oregon Amateur Four-Ball Championship on the Big Meadow course at Black Butte Ranch.
In the first round of match play, Mikesell and teammate Brett Wolvert, of Wilsonville, went six extra holes to overtake the duo of West Linn’s Shane Johnston and Portland’s Lance Gilmore. The Johnston/Gilmore team was 3-up through four holes and held a 2-up lead going into the 15th hole. The Mikesell/Wolvert team birdied the 15th and 16th holes to pull even, and after 18 holes the match was still tied, forcing the playoff.
In an upset in the open division, No. 25 seeded Robbie Ziegler, of Portland, and Connor Rumpf, of Sherwood, knocked off the No. 8 team of Redmond’s Andrew Fitch and Portland’s Tony Kordosky 6 and 5.
In the women’s division, the No. 1-seeded team of Oregon City’s Kailin Downs, a former star at Bend’s Mountain View High School, and Bend’s Amy Anderson advanced to Monday’s semifinal round. In the senior men’s division, defending champions Stein Swenson and Carey Watson, both of Bend, were eliminated by a 2-up score in the first round of match play by Vernon Pelman of Vancouver, Washington, and Duane Bray, of Portland.
The open and senior men’s divisions will play two matches on Monday, while the women’s field, will play one match. Championship rounds are scheduled for Tuesday.
— Bulletin staff report