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Golf: Collegiate golfers taking over the Coast Invite

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 26, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on July 27, 2018 9:59AM

Lara Mack Tennant, defending women’s champion, tees off over the water on the ninth hole.

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Lara Mack Tennant, defending women’s champion, tees off over the water on the ninth hole.

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Brooke Hamilton, right, and her caddy measure a putt in Thursday’s match.

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Brooke Hamilton, right, and her caddy measure a putt in Thursday’s match.

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Robert Tennant tees off on the par 4 third hole, on his way to a win in the seniors division.

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Robert Tennant tees off on the par 4 third hole, on his way to a win in the seniors division.

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Bob Knutsen reacts to a narrow miss on the third hole in Thursday’s round.

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Bob Knutsen reacts to a narrow miss on the third hole in Thursday’s round.

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WARRENTON — It was “college all-star day” in the women’s division of the Oregon Coast Invitational.

The 108th annual tournament entered Day 4 of match play at the Astoria Golf & Country Club, as the women golfers took to the course Thursday, along with men’s seniors and super seniors.

And the championship flight of the women’s division has perhaps the most talent that it’s ever had.

Thursday’s action included collegiate experience in nearly every match.

On the course were current Gigi Stoll of the University of Arizona and Alexandria McMenamin, a sophomore-to-be at George Fox University.

They were joined by Amanda Jacobs, a former University of Idaho Vandal, and ex-Oregon Ducks Brooke Hamilton and Cappy Mack. Former Arizona Wildcat Lara Mack Tennant was a quarterfinalist, along with ex-Portland Pilot Molly Edmunds.

Stoll and McMenamin both scored victories in the championship flight quarterfinals, while Tennant topped Jacobs.

Gretchen Johnson was 4-up after nine holes and went on to defeat Hamilton, setting up a rematch of last year’s championship final with Tennant.

Stoll will face McMenamin in Friday’s other semifinal. The Arizona senior has been turning heads all week with her solid play.

In Thursday’s match, Stoll was 7-up after nine holes on her way to the win over Edmunds.

“I’m playing well,” Stoll said at the turn of Wednesday’s match. “I had five birdies on the front nine, so I’m feeling good.

“I just hit it over the green in two on No. 9 (a 424-yard par 5 hole), and chipped to about an inch of the hole. That was probably one of my best holes so far. There’s some good competition coming tomorrow and the next day.”

In the championship flight of the seniors division, Robert Tennant posted a win over Astoria’s Scott Melrose. Rob Turk and Patrick Regan also carded victories, and Doug Wiese topped longtime golfing friend Bob Knutsen.

More familiar tournament names came up winners in the super seniors division, as George Mack Sr., Gaylord Davis, Bill Scharwatt and Jack Cartwright all advanced to the semifinals.

The semifinals are also set in the championship flight of the women’s seniors division. Terry Mattson will face Astoria Golf’s Leslie Bickmore, and Dotty Johnson of Astoria will play Vicki Okazaki.







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