BLACK BUTTE RANCH — The Bend tandem of Clare Langford and Ryan DeCastilhos built early leads Monday and cruised into the semifinals of the Oregon Amateur Four-Ball Championship on the Big Meadow course at Black Butte Ranch.
Seeded sixth in the 32-team open division match-play bracket, Langford and DeCastilhos won 2 and 1 over Michael Freeborg, of Happy Valley, and Mike Debruyn, of Hubbard. The two teams were all square through eight holes, but the Bend duo won holes nine, 12 and 14 to go 3-up en route to the round-of-16 victory.
In the quarterfinals, Langford and DeCastilhos were one hole down after three holes before winning four straight holes to close the front nine. A birdie on the 11th put the twosome 4-up before closing out the win at No. 15.
Langford and DeCastilhos will take on the Albany team of Chace Daskalos and Andrew Raab in Tuesday’s semifinal. The winner will play in the championship, also scheduled for Tuesday, against either Portland’s Trevor Harding and Brent McKee or Portland’s Jason Wood and Travis Paul.
In the semifinals of the women’s division, Oregon City’s Kailin Downs, a graduate of Bend’s Mountain View High, teamed up with Bend’s Amy Anderson to defeat Debbie Friede (of Washougal, Washington) and Katy Wright (Camas, Washington) 1-up. Downs and Wright were two holes down after eight holes but birdied holes nine and 10 to get back to all square. After exchanging pars for six straight holes, Downs and Anderson birdied the 17th and held on to advance to Tuesday’s championship.
— Bulletin staff report