Top seeds Taylor, Tibbits cruise at Oregon Amateur
The first round of the 110th Oregon Amateur kicked off at Portland Golf Club on Wednesday with plenty of men's upsets and mostly chalk in the women's bracket.
Isabelle Taylor, No. 1 women's seed and incoming Oregon State athlete from Queensland, Australia, won 9 and 8 against Joyce Ejgird of Portland. Taylor took the first six holes, tied the seventh and secured the victory by winning the next three holes.
Taylor will take on Aerin Song (Oregon Tech/ex-Southridge High) in Thursday's second round of match play. Song, the 17th seed in the 32-woman bracket, won 3 and 2 over McKenna Vanko (University of Colorado Colorado Springs/ex-St. Mary's Academy).
No. 2 seed and reigning champion Ellie Slama, fresh off a single-season scoring average of 72.43 in her sophomore campaign at OSU, defeated Korey Cimock, Hood River Valley High girls golf coach and former Cal State Monterey player, 9 and 8. Slama won holes 1-6, 8, 9 and 10.
Slama, a South Salem High graduate, will play Portland State's Valerie Hernandez, a senior-to-be from Bogota, Colombia.
The men had eight upsets in matches with at least 18 spots difference in the seedings. Three golfers who were in the top 10 after Monday-Tuesday stroke-play qualifying suffered defeats.
No. 60 seed Justin Smithhisler, a former University of Oregon golfer from Beaverton, won 7 and 5 over fifth-seeded Jack Dukeminier, a former University of Oregon standout and Sheldon High graduate.
Former PSU golfer and 58th seed Brodie Jordan of Sherwood won 2-up over Wilsonville's Jordan Sweet, a former Duck and the seventh seed.
No. 57 Brent Mumford of Portland won 2-up over No. 8 Steve Rude of Vancouver, Washington.
Men's medalist Spencer Tibbits, who missed the cut by one stroke at last week's U.S. Open, defeated Portland's Harry Darling 8 and 6.
Tibbits will play No. 33 Charles Sitton V of West Linn in Thursday's second round. Sitton edged Corvallis' Alec Berrey 1-up
Defending champion and No. 2 seed Robbie Ziegler defeated No. 63 Denny Taylor 5 and 4. The former Duck will face No. 31 Harrison Moir of Portland on Thursday. Moir was a 5-and-4 winner over Brandon Lorain of Woodburn.
Tibbits will tee off at 8:45 a.m., and Ziegler will start at 9:57 a.m.
Taylor's second-round match starts at 11 a.m., and Slama will begin at 11:36 a.m.?
TRI-CITY 2, Hillsboro 1 (10 innings)
The Hops' four-game win streak came to an end as the host Dust Devils tied the score in the bottom of the ninth inning and won in the 10th.
Hillsboro (4-2 in the Class A Northwest League) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Jesus Marriaga's home run to left center field.
Tri-City pulled even on a one-out, RBI ground out by Alison Quintero, then won on Matthew Acosta's run-scoring single to center field with one out.
The Dust Devils got leadoff singles in the ninth from Acosta and Nick Gatewood.
Hillsboro went down in order in the 10th, stranding the runner placed on second base to start the frame.
Tri-City (2-4) had six hits to three by Hillsboro in an errorless game before 1,661 fans at Gesa Stadium.
The series is 2-1 in favor of Hillsboro going into its 7:15 p.m. Thursday finale.
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