Two of Lake Oswego's best young golfers used their home-course advantage to great effect in the 89th annual Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur Championship.
In the tournament, held June 24-28 at Oswego Lake Country Club, Lake Oswego residents Adam Wrenn and Drew Woolworth stepped up big-time in the Intermediate Boys division for ages 12-13. In the end, Wrenn defeated Woolworth 1 up in the match play championship on Saturday, June 28.
Playing on their home course, Wrenn and Woolworth came through first in the tournament's June 24 stroke play round, with Wrenn finishing second among 22 golfers with a score of 77; Woolworth was solid, too, shooting 79 to tie for third and send both players into the tournament's match play competition.
Then, in the 16-player bracket for match play, Wrenn and Woolworth came through again, each winning three consecutive matches to reach the tournament final. Wrenn started with a 6 & 5 win over Shane Lee, beat Spencer Moody 5 & 4 in the quarterfinals, then took out Grady Miller 3 & 2 in his semifinal.
Woolworth was just as good, opening with a 6 & 5 victory over Mason Zimmerman, dropping Alex Tseng 6 & 5 in his quarterfinal, and ousting top-seeded Tanner Overby 5 & 3 in his semifinal.
The match-play finale was even better, with Woolworth leading early after a par on the first hole and a birdie on the third, and Wrenn coming back with a chip-in on the fourth and a win on the sixth to square the match.
Woolworth pushed ahead again with a win on the seventh hole and a chip-in birdie on the eighth to lead by two holes before Wrenn took the 10th with a par.
Woolworth then notched a hole-in-one on the 157-yard 11th hole with his 6-iron, but Wrenn just kept coming. He took the 13th with a par, the 14th with a birdie and the 16th with a par to go 1 up. When both players recorded pars on the day's final two holes, Wrenn walked off with his third straight Oregon Junior Amateur title.
Woolworth, just 11, was given an exemption by the Oregon Golf Association to play up an age group. Both players will attend Lake Oswego Junior High next year, with Wrenn in eighth grade and Woolworth in sixth grade.
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