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Just a reminder that team entries are going to be available on WEDNESDAY AT 9:00 AM for the Senior Oregon Open Invitational at Wildhorse Resort and Casino on July 30th – August 1st.  Head PGA Professional Michael Hegarty is excited to host again this year for the 11th straight year!

CLICK HERE for the Senior Oregon Open Team Entry.

~NEW Entry Priority in 2013~

a. Exempt players (Past Champions, Host PGA Professional, and Section President).

b. Reserved for professionals who have participated in 3 or more Senior Section (Sr. WA Open, Sr. Players’ Championship, Sr. Oregon Open, Sr. PGA) events played since the close of entries for this event the previous year.  CLICK HERE to view this list of professionals.

c. Reserved for professionals that have participated in 9 or more of the last ten years of this event being held.           CLICK HERE to view this list of professionals.

d. The balance of the field is based on receipt of entry.

*For category a, reserved spots will expire at 5:00 PM three weeks after entries open.

**For category b or c, reserved spots will expire at 5:00 PM seven days after entries open.

~History of the Senior Oregon Open Invitational~

Since its induction in 1996, the Senior Oregon Open has grown to be the premier senior golf tournament in the Northwest.  This event draws the best players ages 50 and over from all over the Pacific Northwest Section. You must sign up as a team, one PNW PGA Professional and three amateurs.

Last year, PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC shot a final round 64 to slide by PGA Professional Lon Hinkle of Eagle Bend GC.  Coston knocked his second shot on the par 4, 18th hole within inches of the cup where he tapped it in for birdie and the win. Coston has also won this event in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Low amateur honors went to Jim Holt of The Creek at Qualchan.  PGA Professional Jerry Mowlds of Pumpkin Ridge GC won low net honors while PGA Professional Don Waller of Kalispell, MT won the Super Senior Division (60 years of age and up).

~History of Wildhorse Resort and Casino~

TL Wildhorse ResortThe Senior Oregon Open has returned to Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, OR for this year’s event. With the praise and popularity that the resort received in past years, the Section was eager to reschedule the same venue.  Only 3.5 hours from Portland, and just south of the northern border of  Washington, Wildhorse’s location allows for players from Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana a great opportunity to  compete with their brethren from west of the mountains.

Wildhorse Resort & Casino went through a major renovation two years, including adding a ten story tower hotel (with the old courtyard hotel still open).  There are over 300 hotel rooms available in the two hotels plus a business center, fitness center, pool, spa, new coffee shop/deli and restaraunts.  They also expanded their 24-hour gaming floor by over 24,000 square feet and a five screen cineplex with two 3D screens.  The resort and casino is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Wildhorse championship golf course was designed by John Steidel and is nestled at the base of mountains and wide open terrain. The Wildhorse Golf Course is modeled after a traditional Scottish links-style course with plenty of bunkers and tall grass lurking to make you work a little harder than usual.  Each hole is surrounded by spectacular, unobstructed vistas with gentle rolling hills and fairway mounds reflecting the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

The PNW PGA is excited to return to Wildhorse Resort for our eleventh straight year.  We hope to see you there.

CLICK HERE to view past champions of the Senior Oregon Open Invitational.