The 24-year-old amateur from Corvallis figured he had played his way out of contention before he birdied three of the final seven holes Tuesday for a one-shot victory over four other golfers.

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Arrowhead's Rob Gibbons and amateur Justin Kadin of Corvallis were the big winners at the two-day Callaway Golf Invitational at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla.When Justin Kadin made a double-bogey on the ninth hole Tuesday, he figured he’d played his way out of contention in the two-day Callaway Golf Invitational at Molalla’s Arrowhead Golf Club.

What the 24-year-old amateur from Corvallis didn’t realize was that the golf course took a bite out of almost everyone else on the leaderboard, too.

Kadin birdied three of the final seven holes and closed with a round of 3-under-68 to post a 36-hole total of 139 and score a one-stroke victory over four other golfers in the Pacific Northwest PGA-sanctioned tournament.

Arrowhead’s Rob Gibbons, among the golfers who finished at 140, emerged as the top professional in the field after making a tap-in par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat The Reserve’s Brad Faller and claim the top prize of $2,500.

Kadin, the former University of Idaho standout, shot an opening-round 71 Monday and was four shots off the pace to open Tuesday’s final round.

“The number I had in mind at the beginning of the day was 66,” Kadin said. “There’s a lot of birdies out on this golf course. I started off a little slow, but made a few birdies and was 2-under through eight.”

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Justin Kadin birdied three of the final seven holes and finished at 3-under 139 to take top honors at the Callaway Golf Invitational at Arrowhead Golf Club.A couple wayward shots at the 404-yard ninth hole cost him two strokes and dropped him even par for the tournament with nine holes to play.

“I look back, they had scoreboards out there and there were a couple guys at 5-under,” said Kadin, playing two groups in front of the final foursome. “I pretty much thought I was out of it, but was still grinding.”

Kadin hit an 8-iron to 12 feet at the par-3 12th hole and made the putt to get back into red numbers.

“The hole played 167 (yards),” said Kadin, who currently works as a caddie at Tetherow Golf Club in Bend. “I needed to hit all of it and I hit it well. I thought it was in the hole for a second, but ended up right below the hole with an easy right-to-left putt up the hill.”

He hit a 5-iron to 5 feet at the par-3 14th and made that putt for another birdie, then rolled in a 20-foot birdie from just off the green at the par-4 15th to go to 3-under, and finished with three consecutive pars.

“At 3-under … I didn’t think that even had a chance, but apparently it did,” Kadin said.

Faller, who started the final round one shot off the lead after shooting a 3-under 68 on Monday, got off the a blazing start Tuesday with an eagle at No. 1, but then made a bogey at No. 5, followed by a birdie at No. 7 and another bogey at No. 8 that moved him to 4-under for the tournament.

On the back side, Faller made a bogey at No. 11, a birdie at No. 12, and three more bogeys coming home, including one at No. 18 where his tee shot found the hazard on the left.

Gibbons, who shot even-par 71 Monday, got to 3-under with a birdie at No. 14 and then closed with three pars and a bogey on the par-5 finishing hole for his round of 69.

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Arrowhead's Rob Gibbons (left) accepts a check from Jay Poletiek of Callaway Golf and Dominic Marconi from the Oregon Chapter of the Pacific Northwest PGA after shooting 2-under-par 140 and emerging as the top professional at the two-day Callaway Golf Invitational at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla.“I think everybody underestimates the quality that Arrowhead is,” Gibbons said. “It looks like it’s kind of a cream puff, but you have to hit it straight and you’ve got to putt the greens. And maybe 3-under isn’t a great score, but it was good enough to win.”

Gibbons, who appeared in last month’s Senior PGA Championship in Michigan, gave his performance a “not bad” rating.

“A loose shot once or twice a day keeps me from being pretty darn good,” Gibbons said with an eye toward next week’s Oregon Open at the Glaze Meadows Course at Black Butte. “But my game is in pretty good shape, so we’ll see what happens.”

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