Slama will go for another Oregon Amateur championship
Ellie Slama has earned a shot at a second consecutive Oregon Amateur women's golf title.
The junior-to-be at Oregon State will face a fellow former in-state prep champion, Haley Greb of Colorado State and Pendleton, in Saturday's 8 a.m., 36-hole final at Portland Golf Club.
Slama won two Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A crowns while at South Salem High. Greb was a co-5A champ as a senior in 2017.
Slama advanced Friday at PGC with a pair of solid victories. The No. 2 seed beat No. 7 Victoria Gailey (Nevada, ex-Tigard High) 4 and 3, then eliminated No. 3 Amanda Jacobs (ex-Idaho and Central Catholic High) 6 and 5.
Jacobs, coming off a 6-and-4 quarterfinal win over Portland's Gretchen Johnson, fell behind Slama for good on the fifth hole.
"I was putting well again, and I was hitting them closer in the right positions on the green where I was able to make the putt," Slama said. "There's a lot of tricky green-reading out here, so it's helpful when you can get a straight putt, and I had a few of those today."
Despite enjoying a relatively quick and dominant day, Slama saw room for improvement in Saturday's final.
"Hopefully I can hit some more fairways," she said. "I think I'm going to stick to my game plan and hopefully just play well."
Fifth-seeded Greb outdueled No. 9 Jasmine Cabajar (Portland State/Wailuku, Hawaii) 4 and 3 in the other semifinal. Greb won four of the final eight holes after she and Cabajar finished the first seven all square.
Cabajar had made it to the semis by defeating Aerin Song on the 19th hole in the quartefinals. Song (Oregon Tech/ex-Southridge High) was coming off a 1-up upset of medalist Isabelle Taylor, an Oregon State signee from Australia.
Greb earned her semifinal berth by beating No. 4 Amanda Elich (Houston/ex-West Linn High) 4 and 3.
"I hit the ball overall pretty solid," Greb said. "I feel really good with my irons, so having the ball on the fairway was pretty key for me today."
Cabajar said she was happy with her first effort in the Oregon Am, which included wins over Shannon Kennedy of Portland and Madi Daniel (University of Oregon/Bakersfield, California).
"I'm really proud of how far I made it through in match play," Cabajar said. "I just couldn't get it done this afternoon."
Slama will wake up early in Salem to drive back to PGC for Saturday's final.
Greb, after her two Friday matches, was headed to the practice green and range to get in even more work.
She prepared for this tournament with 36-hole practice rounds in Pendleton.
"I've played a lot of golf coming into this," she said, "and I feel good and ready."
• The Oregon Senior Women's Amateur finalists are Lara Tennant and Loree McKay, both of Portland.
They'll meet at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.
McKay defeated Eugene's Leilani Norman 3 and 2 in the semifinals, while Tennant stopped Anita Wicks of Roseburg 3 and 1.
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