The Oregon Open Invitational is under way at Sunriver Resort -Crosswater course in Bend, OR.  We have 104 PNW PGA Professional and 104 amateurs all vying for the title of Oregon Open Invitational Champion.  In addition to the individual title, there is a 36 hole (best 2 of 4 net) team competition and pro-am four-ball.   The second round will be followed by a cut and repairing of the top 70 players and ties.

Sponsored by National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of The PGA of America, the event is one of nearly 100 new and existing amateur tournaments across the 41 PGA of America Sections nationwide being linked together to form the Pro-Am Series.  National created the tournaments to help further the PGA of America’s mission to grow interest and participation in the game of golf at local levels.

This championship dates back to 1905 when sheep mowed the fairways at Waverley CC, George Smith, a Scot from Oakland, CA won the Oregon Open’s inaugural championship including a course record 74.  Little did he know that some of golf’s most prestigious names were to follow in his footsteps such as Tommy Armour, Horton Smith, Chuck Congdon, Bob Duden, Bill Eggers, Jerry Mowlds, Pat Fitzsimons, Rick Acton, Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Coston, and Mike Davis.  And only three men have won the title three or more times; Bill Porter (3), Rick Acton (4), and Bob Duden (8).  The tournament scoring record is held by Brian Nosler at 198, set in 2009 at Brasada Ranch.

The official charity of the Oregon Open Invitational is Kids Center.  Founded in 1994 by the community, KIDS Center 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.  To learn more about the charity or to make a donation, please go to http://www.kidscenter.org

CLICKHERE –to view past champions of the Oregon Open Invitational

Sunriver Resort- Crosswater: A premier Robert E. Cupp 18 hole championship design golf course is situated on 600 magnificently scenic acres of woodlands and carefully preserved wetlands, threaded by the gently flowing Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers. In fact, depending on tee selection the rivers can come into play as often as seven times in a round. The design is traditional heathland style, and the golf course features five tee placements for each hole as well as bent grass fairways and greens.

Crosswater was honored by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Courses and in 1999, was designated as a certified Audubon Sanctuary through the Audubon Society of New York State, one of only 150 golf courses in the U.S. to be so named.  Golf Week states Top 10 for the best courses you can play in Oregon in 2014. And Golf Digest named it #28 of America’s top 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

Results will be posted at regular intervals throughout the day at https://pnwpga.com/results/results_oropen15.html  “Almost live scoring” will begin at 10:00 am each morning after the groups begin turning.  Be looking to see if one of your friends posts a low score!