Peterson Wins Oregon Stroke Play; Simpson to Play in U.S. Am

Aug. 10, 2009

Oregon State men's golfer Paul Peterson won the Oregon Stroke Play Championship last weekend at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore. Peterson birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff with defending champion Andrew Vijarro. Peterson and Vijarro battled throughout the day with no threat from the rest of the field.

Vijarro played a steady round, posting an even-par 72 with a single bogey to go along with one birdie. Meanwhile Peterson kept things interesting with three birdies and bogeys en route to an even par round, which was in contrast to the course record 65 Peterson posted on Saturday.

Vijarro held a one stroke advantage going into the final hole however, Peterson was not concerned as the par-5 18th hole, his favorite on the course, awaited.

'The 18th hole sets up well for my draw,' Peterson said. 'And the front right hole location today also set up well for my game.'

Peterson nearly reached the 577-yard green in two and was able to score a birdie to force the playoff.

In the playoff, Peterson hit his shots to nearly indentical locations ultimately leaving another birdie opportunity while Vijarro got into trouble. Peterson finished off the birdie to secure the victory.

Tyler Simpson, who will be a senior this fall, received word last week that he'll play in the U.S. Amateur. Simpson finished tied for second at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Juniper Golf Club in Redmond, Ore. after shooting a 5-under 139. He had lost in a playoff for the automatic qualifying bid, but received a phone call last week informing him that he is now in the U.S. Am field Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

OSU alum Eric Fiskum (1995-98) also qualified for the U.S. Am later this month.

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