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Vijarro Wins Oregon Amateur
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 06/30/2009
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BANDON, Ore. -- Oregon freshman Andrew Vijarro defeated Chris Polski of Eugene 1-up to win the 100th Oregon Amateur men’s golf tournament Saturday at Bandon Dunes.

Vijarro, from Bend, Ore., became one of the just a handful of men to simultaneously hold the Oregon Men’s Stroke Play and Oregon Amateur titles.

Polski eked out a one hole lead halfway through the 36-hole final, but Vijarro turned the tables on the final seven holes of the match. After falling behind by a hole on the 11th, Vijarro evened the match with a birdie on the par-3 12th, and then went ahead for good with a par on the par-5 13th, as Polski bogeyed both holes.

Vijarro went up by two holes on the 15th, but gave one back with a bogey on No. 17th, before halving the 36th and final hole with a par to claim his first Oregon Amateur title. He became the first Duck to win the event since Gregg LaVoie in 2002, who also prevailed at Bandon.

Current Oregon head coach Casey Martin won the OGA title in 1993 at Pumpkin Ridge.

Vijarro was one of five current Ducks who advanced to match play during the six-day tournament at the par-72, 7,212-yard Bandon Dunes course.

Freshman Robbie Ziegler of Canby, Ore., tied for second during the three-round stroke play portion of the event at 8-over 152. Vijarro was tied for 11th at 154, while sophomores Jack Dukeminier and Isaiah Telles were tied for 22nd at 159. Sophomore Eric Grimberg also made the cut for the 64-man stroke play by tying for 40th at 163.

In the opening round of stroke play, Vijarro cruised over Jeff Gustafson of Vancouver, Wash., 6-and-4. Ziegler stopped Michael Kloenne of West Linn on the 19th hole, while Dukeminier defeated Travis Johnsen of Wilsonville 4-and-3.

Telles bested Sean Free of Sublimity 2-up, while Grimberg fell to Byron Patton of Tigard 3-and-1.

In the round of 32, Vijarro defeated Scott Hval of Portland 2-and-1, while Ziegler stopped Robbie Pitts of Eugene 2-and-1 to set up a sweet 16 match-up between the Duck freshmen teammates, which was won by Vijarro 6-and-5.

Telles also advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-up victory over Tyler Simpson of Happy Valley, while Dukeminier was knocked out by Damian Telles of The Dalles 3-and-2.

Isaiah Telles advanced to the semifinals, where he fell to Vijarro 1-up, by defeating Tyler Parker of Portland 2-up in the round of 16 and Jeff Petroff of Tualatin 4-and-3 in the quarterfinals.

Vijarro advanced to the semis by knocking out Casey King of Blue River 3-and-2 in the quarterfinals.

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