WARRENTON — Three divisions of golfers finished stroke play qualifying Monday in the 88th Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur Championship, held this week at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.
The Junior boys (age 16-18), girls (15-18) and boys (14-15) divisions will begin match play Tuesday. The winners of this week’s championship in the Junior divisions are crowned Oregon Junior Amateur champions.
Nate Stember of Portland earned medalist honors in the boys’ age 16-18 division, firing a 2-under par 69 to medal by two shots. Just last week, Stember earned medalist honors at 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur qualifying, advancing to this year’s championship in the process. A rising senior at Lincoln High School, Stember won the individual Class 6A state championship last month.
Two players — Johnny Ward of Lake Oswego and Peter Grossenbacher of Eaton, Colorado — tied for second, both firing even-par rounds of 71. Carter Lee of Tillamook earned fourth place, shooting a 1-over par 72. Recent Seaside High School graduate Jackson Kunde of Gearhart tied for 19th with a 79.
In the Girls’ division, Olivia Loberg of Bend finished at even par to earn medalist honors. Loberg, a senior-to-be at Bend High School, recently won her second consecutive Class 5A individual state title, helping her team win the state championship for the first time since 2008.
Three players tied for second during stroke play qualifying – Victoria Gailey (Tigard), Mary Scott Wolfe (Beaverton) and Ashley Zhu (Salem). All three finished at 2-over par.
The age 14-15 boys’ division featured some of the lowest scores of the day. Scotty Kennon (Bandon) finished as medalist, shooting a scorching 4-under par 67 to lead the way. Brody Marconi (Portland) earned second place at 3-under par, while Brandon Eyre (Salem), Mateo Fuenmayor (Beaverton) and Ethan Tseng (Portland) all tied for third, finishing stroke play qualifying at 1-under par.
Carson Kawasoe of Gearhart tied for 10th with a 77, and Gearhart’s Curtis Kunde tied for 21st at 85.
The other two 18-hole divisions (Intermediate boys and Intermediate girls), finished 18 holes Monday and will play another 18 holes of stroke play qualifying Tuesday. Pee Wee boys and Pee Wee girls will play 9-hole stroke play qualifying Tuesday. Match play starts Wednesday for these divisions.