SUNRIVER — Bend’s Carey Watson shot a 1-over-par 72 Thursday to secure a three-stroke victory in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship.
Watson carded rounds of 74-69-72 for a three-day total of 2-over 215, good for the $450 first-place purse in the 65-and-older competition. He topped Gary Vanier, of Driggs, Idaho, and Tom Phillips, of Scottsdale, Arizona, who tied for second place among 39 finishers, both at 218.
On a breezy day on the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort, Watson made par on 10 of the final 11 holes, with one bogey, to hold off the challengers for his first career PNGA victory. Watson, whose 2-under 69 on Wednesday was the low round of the tournament and moved him into a tie with Vanier for the second-round lead, made eight birdies for the championship and nothing worse than bogey (he had 10 of them) for the 54-hole event.
Three other Bend golfers in the field posted top-20 finishes. Stein Swenson tied for 12th place at 227; Tom Carlsen tied for 14th at 228; and Mark Hasson tied for 19th at 231.
Also Thursday at Meadows, Tom Brandes successfully defended his title in the PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur (age 55 and older). The Bellevue, Washington, golfer fired a 69 for the final round to finish at 3-over 216, two strokes ahead of both Jim McNelis, of Gig Harbor, Washington, and Norm Bradley, of Kelowna, British Columbia.
It was the third straight Senior Men’s Amateur championship and fifth in seven years for Brandes, who was three strokes off the lead entering the final round. Brandes won $500.
From Central Oregon in the Senior Men’s Amateur, Redmond’s Michael Jackson tied for 23rd place among 51 finishers with a 235. Bend’s Patrick Andrade shot 242 for the tournament and finished 33rd.
— Bulletin staff report