Huff wins Oregon Stroke Play title

Local golfer comes out on top in two-hole playoff

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CRESWELL, Ore. — Hockinson High grad and Concordia University golfer Nick Huff won the Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship on the second hole of a three-way playoff Sunday at Emerald Valley.

Huff, who will be a senior at Concordia, beat out defending champion and University of Oregon sophomore Kevin Geniza, and last year’s Oregon Amateur Four-Ball champion Trevor Harding of Portland.

All three players finished at 3-under par 213 after Sunday’s round.

In the playoff, while Geniza and Harding hit driver left off the tee at the par-4 first hole, Huff hit his center-cut with an iron. He had a 30-foot putt for birdie, the other two players had long par attempts, both finishing with bogeys. Huff two-putted, and his par earned him the win.

Vancouver’s Spencer Tibbits, the 2016 Oregon Junior Amateur champion who will be attending Oregon State, tied for fourth at 2-under. He had the low round of the day with a 65.

Vancouver’s Brett Johnson finished alone in 15th at 5-over, and Washougal’s Braeden Campbell tied for 25th at 10-over.

In the senior division, Vancouver’s Brad Karns tied for fifth at 7-over, and Scott Alford of Camas tied for 12th at 10-over. Patrick O’Donnell, the two-time defending Senior Stroke Play champion from Happy Valley, Ore., won his record eighth title in this event by shooting even-par for the three rounds.