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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland golfer advances with 1-up semifinal victory at Vero Beach, Florida; UO women picked to win Pac-12 basketball title

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Portland's Lara Tennant has reached Thursday's final at the USGA Senior Women's Amateur.

Tennant, 51, will meet Australian Sue Wooster, 56, at Vero Beach, Florida. Tennant's father, George Mack Sr., 78, is her caddy this week.

Tennant, who competed for the University of Arizona and spent 17 years as Oregon Ducks women's golf coach, is seeking to become the second U.S. Senior Women's Amateur champion from Oregon. Terri Frohnmayer won in 2011.

This year's tournament is at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club.

Tennant made it to the round of 64 last year, when she also was co-medalist at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur in her debut at that event, which took place on her home course, Waverley Country Club.

Tennant won her Wednesday semifinal, edging Terrill Samuel of Canada, 1-up, winning the 18th hole with 20-foot putt for a birdie 4.

"I was just trying to give it a good stroke," Tennant said. "I knew I hit it well, and I looked up and thought, 'Oh, that could go in,' and it went in. I felt so lucky."

In a case like that, "you can't really try to think make or miss. Just give it a good try."

Tennant defeated the 2004 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion, Corey Weworski, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinals.

On her play this week: "I couldn't be happier. When you get to the finals, you have to be playing well. I'm just more excited about just being here with my friends and my dad … and enjoying my time."

Wooster, who has won titles in Australia, New Zealand and Canada but didn't take up golf competitively until she was in her 40s, advanced with a 3 and 2 semifinals victory over 2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur runner-up Susan Cohn.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State have been picked to finish 1-2-3 in the Pac-12 by the conference coaches.

The list, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

Oregon (11) 121

Stanford (1) 107

Oregon State 104

California 82

Arizona State 79

UCLA 74

USC 66

Utah 50

Colorado 44

Arizona 28

Washington State 19

Washington 18

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Portland midfielder Sebastian Blanco has been named MLS Player of the Week. He had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory at Real Salt Lake.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GOLF

Portland State placed 12th out of 16 teams in the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational at Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Valerie Hernandez led the Vikings, tying for 13th at 6-over-par 222, seven shots out of first place.

The Vikings finished with a 910 total. Texas El-Paso won at 879.

• Oregon State was the runner-up in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington.

Sophomore Amanda Minni's career-best finish, a tie for third at even-par 216, led the Beavers. Her previous best was a tie for eighth.

Sophomore Ellie Slama was sixth at 217 for her third career top-10.

OSU shot 883, 19-over, and was eight strokes ahead of third-place Pepperdine. Host Washington won the 12-team tournament at 5-under 859.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKSETBALL

Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon have been picked to finish 1-2 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference by the coaches, with Warner Pacific and Multnomah pegged for 9-10.

EOU won the regular-season championship and CCC tournament last season, finishing 31-3 overall and 20-0 in conference games.

The 2018-19 preseason voting totals, with first-place votes in parentheses:

Eastern Oregon (7) 113

Southern Oregon (3) 111

Oregon Tech 88

Northwest Christian (1) 80

Corban 71

Northwest 61

College of Idaho 60

Evergreen 49

Warner Pacific 43

Multnomah 19

Walla Walla 17

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