Hatley Wins the Oregon Open Invitational in Playoff
By Alec Bahnick, PNW PGA Tournament Intern
Pronghorn Resort played host to this year’s edition of the Oregon Open Invitational over two spectacular high desert golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. Round one took place on the Nicklaus Course and the final two rounds were played on the Fazio Course. Windy playing conditions were tough during the three days of competition, but Reid Hatley (Hayden Lake CC) birdied the final hole in regulation to enter a three-man playoff that included Darren Slackman (The Creek at Qualchan) and Pat O’Donnell (Arrowhead GC) at one under par.
“I knew that I was going to have to birdie either 17 or 18 to tie Pat, who I was playing with. I was putting well, so I knew that if I could just give myself a birdie opportunity then I could potentially go into a playoff,” Hatley described his strategy. “In the playoff I knew that someone was going to make birdie so I took a very aggressive line off the tee to try to give myself an easier second shot.”
He carried that momentum and birdied the first playoff hole to win his first Oregon Open Invitational and low amateur for the event.
“To win any section tournament is an honor. It has been a goal of mine for countless years… I have been really close in the past and I’m proud of myself for hanging in there considering the conditions this go-around,” Hatley said of his win. “I’m looking forward to playing and having many more chances to repeat this moment.”
PGA Professional Justin Wiles finished in a tie for fifth and shot a final round 67 that included a hole-in-one to earn low professional for the event. The first two days of the tournament included two Pro-Am team competitions: a best 2 net of 4 and a four-ball component, with each professional paired with an amateur in teams of four. In the best 2 net of 4 format, PGA Professionals Troy Flateau (NW Golf Consulting LLC) and Caleb Kraus (The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge) along with amateurs Mason Koch and Don Houghton of Meridian Valley CC took first place with a two-day total of 263. Kraus and Kraus also earned first place honors in the Pro-Am Four Ball competition with a two-round total of 130.
The 2019 Oregon Open Invitational benefited KIDS Center, a non-profit organization that works together with law enforcement, medical providers and social service agencies to create a supportive response to child abuse through a multi-disciplinary team approach. They serve Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson county along with the Warm Springs Reservation at our Bend center. The tournament raised $3,300 along with a raffle that the KIDS Center held during the event.
We would like to thank Pronghorn Resort, our great sponsors, players, and volunteers for making the 85th Oregon Open Invitational a fantastic event. Special thanks to General Manager Spencer Schaub, PGA Director of Golf Jerrel Grow, Superintendents David Freitag and Brian Farrell, as well as their tireless staff for all of their hard work to make this tournament a success.
Final results: https://2019secoregonopen.golfgenius.com/