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Playing at The Oregon Golf Club, O'Mara pushes Lara Tennant to the limit before finally finishing second

West Linn's Patti O'Mara went down swinging in the 34th annual Oregon Senior Amateur at The Oregon Golf Club on June 22-24.Patti O'Mara

O'Mara finished just 10th after the 18-hole stroke play round on June 22, shooting a 17-over-par 79, while the day's medalists, Charisse Spada and Loree McKay, both shot 80.

Undeterred, O'Mara came back on June 23 to beat seventh-seeded Rise Alexander of Oregon City 1-up in the first round of match play.

In the quarterfinal round of match play on June 24, O'Mara bounced second-seeded Anita Wicks of Roseburg 2 and 1. And on June 25, O'Mara did it again, beating 11th-seeded Mary Jacobs of Portland 2 and 1 to reach the finals later in the day.

Then, facing Portland's Lara Tennant in her second 18-hole round of the day in the sweltering heat at OGC, O'Mara jumped out to an early lead, winning the par-5 first hole with a bogey, but Tenant responded by winning the sixth and seventh holes to take a 1-up lead of her own.

O'Mara came back with a birdie on the par-3 eighth hole and the pair halved the ninth hole to enter the back nine with Tenant 1-up. In the closest match of the day, Tenant won the par-4 10th hole to move to 2-up.

The pair halved holes 11 through 13 before Tenant moved to 3-up with a par on the 14th. O'Mara won the 15th with a par, but Tenant had the last word, winning the 16th with a par to win the match 3 and 2.

The win was Tenant's first Oregon Senior Amateur title.

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