THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland golfer never trails in championship match; No. 6 Concordia women's soccer wins, 1-0; UP volleyball sweeps at Pacific

COURTESY: UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION - Portland golfer Lara Tennant holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur on Thursday in Vero Beach, Florida.


Lara Tennant of Portland captured the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur championship on Thursday at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Florida.

Tennant, 51, defeated 56-year-old Sue Wooster or Victoria, Australia, 3 and 2, in the final.

Tennant won the opening hole with a 3 on the 341-yard, par-4. She sank a nine-footer for birdie.

"It's always a really helpful thing to start off with a birdie or make a good putt on the first hole. Gives you a little boost," she said. "But it's also important just to keep going because there are a lot of holes left."

The players halved the next seven holes with pars. Wooster rolled in a 40-footer for birdie on the third hole, but Tennant matched it.

Tennant won the 9th with a par 5 to go 2-up.

A birdie on the 340-yard, par-4 11th stretched her lead to 3-up.

A par 4 on the 14th extended her lead, but Wooster stayed alive with a winning par 3 on the 15th before both players made par on the 288-yard, par-4 16th.

  • COURTESY: UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION - Lara Tennant follows a tee shot during Thursday's championship match.

  • "Overall this week I played very consistently," Tennant said. "I think what gave me confidence is my second nine of the second day of qualifying. I was the last tee time, the wind was blowing, it rained four times. It was really tough conditions, and I shot 35. That gave me a boost of confidence that, ok, I can play this golf course even under the toughest conditions."

    Tennant admitted to being tired from the week of play and competition.

    "The heat and humidity really made me — I think everybody out there was fatigued," she said. "That's part of golf. That's part of playing."

    Tennant was co-medalist in the 2017 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at her home course, Waverley Country Club. Also last year, she won the Oregon Senior Women's Amateur and Oregon Women's Mid-Amateur.

    She is a former college golfer at Arizona and was women's golf coach at Oregon for 17 years.

    Tennant's father, George Mack Sr., 78, served as her caddy during the tournament this week.

    "That was a joy, but also so helpful, because we hit the ball about the same distance, especially with our irons, so he clubbed me perfectly," she said. "There were a lot of variables out here. The wind, the grass, just a lot of variables. So with him giving me that confidence in my club selection, it really helped (me) swing even better."

    COURTESY: UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION - Champion Lara Tennant plants a kiss on the cheek of her father and caddy, George Mack Sr., after winning the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur championship.


    The Oregon Ducks are picked by selected Pac-12 media to win the conference title.

    Here are the vote totals, with first-place picks in parentheses:

    Oregon (16) 288

    UCLA (6) 264

    Washington (2) 249

    Arizona (1) 205

    USC 203

    Arizona State 165

    Colorado 161

    Utah 122

    Stanford 109

    Oregon State 102

    California 45

    Washington State 37


    Concordia 1, SEATTLE PACIFIC 0

    The Cavaliers, ranked sixth in NCAA Division II, raised their record to 9-0-2 overall and 6-0-1 in the Great Northwest Conference with the win in Seattle.

    Gabrielle Wing scored in the 62nd minute, off assists from Kyra Radcliffe and Brenda Uribe.

    Rose Hauer, making her first start in goal this season, had four saves for the Cavs.

    Seattle Pacific slipped to 8-10, 6-5 GNAC.


    OREGON STATE 1, Stanford 0

    The Beavers knocked off the 10th-ranked Cardinal at Paul Lorenz Field.

    Freshman Gloire Amanda scored in the 23rd minute, and freshman Adrian Fernandez finished with six saves, including a diving stop in the 89th minute.

    It was OSU's first win over Stanford since 2011.

    Oregon State improved to 6-4-2 overall and 2-2-0 in the Pac-12.

    Stanford is 6-2-3, 3-1-0.

    Simon Fraser 3, CONCORDIA 0

    The visiting Clan, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II, got all their goals in the first half for the win at Tuominen Yard.

    Simon Fraser climbed to 12-0-0, 6-0-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

    Concordia dropped to 3-7-1, 1-5-0.

    SFU led in shots, 22-4, and shots on goal, 11-1.


    Portland 3, PACIFIC 0

    The Pilots raised their record to 15-4, 4-2 West Coast Conference with a 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 victory.

    Reghan Pukis (11 kills) and Liz Reich (10) led the UP attack. Cali Thompson had 37 assists, and Shayla Hoeft had seven blocks.

    The Tigers slipped to 6-12, 1-5 WCC.

    It was the first volleyball win ever for Portland at Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, California.

    Weber State 3, PORTLAND STATE 2

    Big Sky leader Weber State pulled out a win in the fifth set, 15-10, improving to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

    PSU fell to 2-17, 1-6.

    The Vikings won the first set, 25-21, and the fourth, 25-18.

    The Wildcats took the second and third sets, 25-15, 25-20.

    Peyton McBride, a Portland State freshman, had 20 kills and 23 digs, the first Viking to get 20 or more in both categories since Jaklyn Wheeler did it on Aug. 24, 2012.

    UTAH 3, Oregon State 2

    The Utes won 25-18, 32-30, 22-25, 20-25, 15-13 at Salt Lake City.

    Haylie Bennett and Maddie Goings each had 19 kills for OSU (10-9, 0-7 Pac-12). Grace Massey had 20 digs for the Beavers.

    Utah is 10-8, 2-5.

    Seattle Pacific 3, CONCORDIA 1

    SPU won 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 29-27 at Concordia.

    Jessica Wheeler led the Cavaliers with 16 kills, Callie Wilkins had 27 digs, and Emily Zink notched 29 assists.

    The Cavs fell to 8-10, 5-6 GNAC, while Seattle Pacific improved to 8-10, 6-5.

    Warner Pacific 3, WALLA WALLA 1

    Melisa Ljuca had 15 kills and Haley Yoder 13 as the visiting Knights won 25-15, 25-12, 20-25, 25-12.

    WPU improved to 6-12 overall and 5-8 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, while Walla Walla dropped to 0-14, 0-13 CCC.


    Nick Aliotti, former University of Oregon defensive coordinator, has taken a job with the Arizona Hotshots of The Alliance of American Football, a league set to begin play in 2019.

    Aliotti has agree to be the D-coordinator under head coach Rick Neuheisel.

    The AAF has eight teams set to kick off in February.

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