Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Playing in the 25th Oregon Public Links Championship in 2022


My 2022 amateur golf season consists of playing in three tournaments this year, including the Public Links Golf Championship, which is a USGA and an OGA hosted 36-hole two-day tournament. This year it was held at McNary Golf Course in Salem Oregon. The other two tournaments this year are the Christmas Valley Golf Course 4th of July 9-hole best ball tournament and the upcoming Net Championship hosted by the OGA Tour in Woodburn, Oregon -- another 36-hole two-day tournament (Sept. 24). This event happened July 9-10, 2022. 


The McNary Golf Clubs from the back tees wasn't very long at only 6239, Par 71, yet I found myself having trouble getting to some of the Par 4s in two with the elevation drop and lush fairways not giving my high drives any roll. The length wasn't the problem overall, rather it was not being accurate with my approach shots -- I didn't hit one GIR the second day, shooting a +20, 91. This added to the +19, 90 the first day, giving me a Gross 181 total +39. 

Playing in the Championship division, I placed 44 out of 49 Gross, with all the scores including the Open division (who players from the easier tees), I placed 57 out of 70. As for Net, I placed 24 out of 49 in the Championship Division with a +13.


The second day I was out of position many times and it looked like I would have a blow up day, yet God was with me and I drained some huge putts to save bogeys and make pars (praise Jesus is what I said after these miracle putts). I even made two birdies the first day, still not breaking 90, even with a Par 71. It was basically bogey golf at its best. 


The winning score was -7 and there were three golfers under par for the tournament, so good competition at the Public Links this year. The golf course was in great shape, the greens were rolling very fast, and there were enough trees, water, and bunkers to make it a tough test. I wasn't very happy with not shooting in the 80s, yet I was driving it straight and hitting some great shots and putts to stay in there, never getting any worse than a double for two days.

Here are some more pics, donuts from the Mexican bakery (Woodburn is like little Mexico -- where my hotel was), my old car in the midst of all the expensive ones, myself after buying a new shirt at Bi-Mart (one I brought for the second day had holes in it!). Until next time.

By the way, in the Christmas Valley Tournament, my team shot a 33 (-3) and came in about 5th out of 12 teams -- 4 man best ball with mulligans you can buy isn't really golf, yet was good to see people out at the course I work at to have fun and raise some money for the course.    




















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