Martin Makes Final Round Surge to Win Oregon Open Invitational
By: Max Riggs, Tournament Intern
With another great event in the books for the 2011 season, Awbrey Glen Golf Club played host for a final round of spectacular golf! Amateur Reid Martin of the Everett Golf and Country Club made seven birdies to accompany a final round 66, giving him one shot victory over fellow amateur Alex Moore of the Trysting Tree Golf Club and earning the title of 2011 Oregon Open Champion.
When asked about the win, Martin replied, “Winning my first PNW PGA title feels unbelievable. I have been playing for so many years and now to finally get a win in the pocket feels like I have accomplished a goal that I have always been striving for.”
As the Oregon Open began at Awbrey Glen Golf Club, the stage was set for a fantastic finish. The light drizzle the night before proved just enough for the players to take aim at the Invitational. With 24 players under par, the opening round pace was set by Bryan Stevens of the Mark Bass Golf School at 68. Followed closely at 69 was notable 2011 Washington Open winner Tim Feenstra of the Broadmoor Golf Club.
As quickly as one gives, one can take away. Mother Nature was true in the sense; she brought high winds to the high desert of Bend Oregon for second round action. However, 2010 Oregon Open Champion Derek Berg of Glendale Country Club saw it as an opportunity to repeat the title. Posting a second round 69, Berg was tied with 2009 Champion professional Brian Nosler of Dicks Sporting Goods and amateur Casey King of Tokatee Golf Club at 140.
With the second round in the books, the team events for Oregon Open Invitational came to a close. Winning the four ball team competition was Rob Gibbons of the Arrowhead Golf Club and amateur Jeff Neeley of Harbour Point Golf Club at 125. The low two of four team competition was won by professionals Jeff Coston and Rob Gibbons accompanied by their amateurs Jarett Foote and Jeff Neeley at 259.
After a cool, clear night, final round action began after a 30 minute frost delay. The delay proved as no distraction for Martin. “Before and during the round, I had to stay within myself, stay calm, and knew that if I did both of those things, that I would give myself the best opportunity to play well. When I teed off at the start of the day, I told myself that all I wanted going down the stretch was a chance to win.” Martin did just that. Amateurs Martin and Moore combined for a final round 13 under a par to push themselves through the leader board to take 1st and 2nd place. Professional Brian Nosler of Dicks Sporting Goods took third two shots behind at 210.
A special thanks to General Manager Mark Amberson and Head Professional Tim Fraley and all of the Awbrey Glen Golf Club staff for a fantastic 2011 Oregon Open Invitational, Cliff Jones and Robert Su of Bridgestone Golf, Mike Worden of Sun Mountain Sports, Dave Mahnke of Abby’s Pizza and Sterling Savings Bank for their amazing sponsorships.