Community notebook: Vancouver golfer Guernsey second at Oregon Senior Am

He won four times to reach final, before falling 3 and 2



Gregg Guernsey of Vancouver was the runner up at the Oregon Senior Amateur golf tournament, which concluded on Friday at Astoria Golf and Country Club.

Guernsey lost to Scott Hval of Portland in the championship match. The score was 3 and 2, with Hval playing 5-under-par golf for the 16 holes. Guernsey was 1-under through 16 holes.

Guernsey won four matches to reach the finals, including taking 22 holes to defeat Raymond Schuler of Lakewood in the quarterfinals. Hval, 50, is the first person to win the Oregon Amateur (1997), Oregon Mid-Amateur (2007) and Senior Amateur titles.

Oregon Team Championships — On Sunday in Powell Butte, Ore., Hval won medalist honors to lead Columbia Edgewater to the title of the 36-hole Oregon Golf Association Men’s Team championship played at Brasada Ranch Resort.

A team from Royal Oaks Country Club finished sixth among the 36 teams at 7-under par. Geurnsey shot 2-over-par to lead the Royal Oaks team.

Also playing for Royal Oaks were Tim O’Neal (5 over), Jake O’Neal (8 over) and Bob Britt (7 over).

The OGA Team Championship is a 36-hole gross stroke play event in which the team score is computed using the best three individual scores from each four-player team each day.

Jeff Gustafson of Vancouver shot 1-over-par to help Broadmoor Golf Club to fourth place.

A second team from Royal Oaks tied for 10th place at 20-over-par. Its players were Brad Karns, Jim Pliska, Chris Harlow, and George White.

Local runner wins cross country race

Cassie McKinney of Frontier Middle School won the race for girls in grades 7 and 8 on Saturday at the Sunfair Invitational Cross Country meet in Yakima.

She finished the 1.5-mile race in 10 minutes, 10.5 seconds.

An eighth grader, McKinney was 10 seconds faster than the next girl in the race. She was fifth overall, with only four of the boys in the mixed race beating her to the finish line.

The event at Franklin Park in Yakima also included races for high school runners.

Listings available for winter sports groups

For information about area winter sports opportunities — including tryouts for youth basketball teams and practices for area wrestling clubs, check out the Community Sports Calendar.

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