One more to go before WinCo
The Web.com Tour has one more event before it returns to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for the WinCo Foods Portland Open, Aug. 24-27.
Next stop is the News Sentinel Open, Thursday through Sunday at Knoxville, Tennessee.
Last week, Canada's Ben Silverman won the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Springfield, Mo. The native of Thornill, Ontario, is 29 and turned pro in 2010 after playing college golf at Johnson & Wales and Florida Atlantic. The win vaulted him from 63rd to 16th on the season money list and made him one of the top 25 season money winners who will receive their 2017-18 PGA Tour cards at the conclusion of the WinCo tourney.
Chance of a lifetime
The LPGA Portland Cambia Classic, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, will have an Oregon Duck in the field. Sophomore Kathleen Scavo, from Benicia, Calif., earned a spot in the $1.3 million tourney by winning the Portland Classic Amateur Open last week at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora. Her 4-under-par 68 beat runner-ups Kristin Elich of Elllie Slama and Hannah Swanson.
Elich is from Camas, Wash., and plays for George Fox.
Slama, the Oregon School Activiites Association champ from South Salem High, is headed to Oregon State this year. Swanson, who is from Forest Grove, competes for Portland State.
Elich and Slama earned berths in the Portland Classic's Monday qualifier via a three-way playoff with Swanson.
Oregon's two entries in the 49th Eddie Hogan Cup placed fifth and ninth last weekend at Riverside Golf & Country Club.
Southern California was the winning team, led by medalist Ashwin Arasu (73-69—142, 2-under-par for 36 holes).
Lincoln High's Nate Stember shot 153 to tie for 24th out of 48 players and fifth among eight Oregon golfers.
Two-time world champ
What a meet for former University of Oregon sprinter Phyllis Francis.
Her career-best 49.92 run around the track in London gave her a world championship in the women's 400 meters. Then she earned a gold in the women's 4x400 relay with her anchor run on Sunday to cap the women's festivities.
Francis was merely hoping for a top-three finish in the open 400. But she burst past Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas and world champ Allyson Felix, also on the U.S. team, for the title.
The relay team, which included Felix, ran the fastest mark in the world this year (3 minutes, 19.02 seconds).
Francis was fifth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She's the first former UO sprinter to be a major meet winner since Otis Davis captured the men's 400 in the 1960 Rome Olympics.
The U.S. men and women left London with 30 medals, their biggest haul ever at a world championships. The U.S. won 10 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze. Kenya was second with 11 medals, five of them gold.
Great West League
The Portland Pickles took the favored Medford Rogues to a third game in their best-of-three Great West League playoff series. But the Pickles ran short on pitching and dropped Game 3, 12-6, at Medford. The night before was arguably the highlight of the summer, though, as Portland scored six runs in the top of the ninth to stun the Rogues, 12-10, and force another game. Alec Leighton capped the rally with a two-run home run.
Medford went on to win the GWL title with a two-game sweep of Chico. The Rogues took the first game 5-3 at Chico, then won on their home field, 7-2. Chico had defeated Medford in the finals a year ago for the inaugural league title.