OREGON PUBLIC LINKS: Bruins’ Morrison, Jammerman Both Win in Public Links Event
HILLSBORO, Ore. – Continuing an outstanding summer for George Fox University women’s golfers, Kelsey Morrison won the Gross Division title while Whitney Jammerman was the Net Division winner in the women’s division of the 15th Oregon Public Links Championships held Saturday and Sunday here at the Meriwether National Golf Club.
Morrison, a junior from Yucca Valley, Calif., and an NCAA Division III First Team All-American this past year, recorded a two-day gross (cumulative stroke) score of 69-68=137, nine-under-par on the par-73, 5,766-yard course. Consistent throughout the tournament, she posted 23 pars in 36 holes, with 11 birdies and only two bogeys. Her steady play against 12 other golfers enabled her to defeat runner-up Brittney Tallman of the University of Washington, who shot a 71-71=142, by five strokes.
In gross play, Jammerman finished eighth with a 73-79=152. She had the best score in net play, however, which involves subtracting a player’s handicap from her gross stroke score. That knocked six strokes off her score each day, giving the freshman from Snohomish, Wash., a two-day score of 67-73=140. She edged Oregon State University’s Chelsey Lind (69-72=141) by one shot.
First established in 1998, the Public Links Championship is administered by the Oregon Golf Association and is a 36-hole gross and net stroke competition which is open to men and women amateur golfers with USGA handicap indexes of 36.4 or less for men and 40.4 or less for women. The tournament is only open to members of OGA member clubs who have been bona-fide public course players and have not held a membership at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public. The majority of OGA members come from regular public clubs or from associate clubs formed by churches, companies, social clubs and more. The OGA added an Open Division to its Men’s and Women’s Public Links Championships last year to encourage players of varied skill level to participate.
For more information about the 2012 Oregon Public Links Championships, visit the tournament link on the OGA website at http://www.oga.org/index.php/Micro_Sites/PUBLINX/detail/C143/3875.
Morrison and Jammerman, along with George Fox teammate Abby Mann, represented the Bruins well in the Oregon Amateur Championships back in June at the Tualatin Country Club. All three advanced after two days of stroke play before Jammerman was eliminated in the first round of match play, Mann went out in the second round of match play on a playoff hole, and Morrison reached the semifinals before being ousted by one hole. All three will return for the Bruins in 2012-13 as they aim for a fourth straight NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance under head coach MaryJo McCloskey.