WARRENTON — Match play began Monday in the 109th annual Oregon Coast Invitational, the weeklong tournament at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.

Monday’s action included first-round match play in the Grand Champions and Junior/Seniors divisions.

In the championship flight of the Grand Champions bracket, Jon Holzgang continued his winning ways with a win over Joel Mayer. Holzgang shot a 2-under par 70 to finish with the best score in weekend qualifying.

Other winners in Monday match play included Astoria Golf’s Jeff Canessa (def. Ian Kelly), Eric Larson (def. Patrick Wood), and Jay Ross (def. Scott Vinson).

Defending champion Harrison Moir opened with a victory over Mark Cooney, while other winners included former OCI champions John DeLong (2003, ‘08) and Anthony Arvidson (2013), along with Ilwaco High School graduate Patrick Whealdon, brother of two-time champion Jack Whealdon.

Action continued Tuesday in the Women’s, Seniors and Super Seniors divisions.

Former champions posting wins in the Women’s championship flight included Amanda Jacobs (def. Tracy Moir), Cappy Mack (def. Juel Turner) and defending champion Lara Tennant, who defeated Hilary Gerrish to set up a mother vs. daughter quarterfinal match Thursday against Grace Tennant, who topped Theresa Floten.

In Seniors competition, Astoria Club members Bob Knutsen, Bret Stevens and Patrick Regan all scored victories to advance to Thursday quarterfinals in the championship flight.

Astoria’s Gaylord Davis, the No. 1 seed in the championship flight of the Super Seniors division, scored a win over Bill Weed to advance to the final eight, along with fellow club members Jack Cartwright, Russ Taggard and Don Sheldon.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.

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