Viking golfer Krissy Peterson came from behind on the final two holes to upset top-seeded Gigi Stoll and win the 107th Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship at Black Butte Ranch’s Glaze Meadow Golf Course. In a brilliantly played match by both players, Peterson never led until she won the 36th hole and the match 1-up.
Peterson played the 36 holes at two-under par, but never led until the end. She was down one on 22 of the 36 holes, down two on only one hole and the tandem was all square on the other 13 holes. Stoll, one of the most celebrated and accomplished golfers in Oregon amateur history, played the 36 holes in even par. Peterson denied Stoll a third straight Oregon Am title.
Stoll, who will be a sophomore at Arizona, was playing her fourth straight Oregon Amateur championship. She won titles in 2014 and 2015. Peterson, a native of Canby, will be a senior in 2016-17 at Portland State. She was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection for the Vikings in 2015-16.
Stoll led 12 of the first 18 holes of the match. After a Peterson birdie to win the 19th hole, Stoll took a 1-up lead on the 20th. She made eagle on the 450-yard par-five second hole, while Peterson lost the hole with a birdie. From there, the two competitors tied nine consecutive holes. Finally, a birdie by Peterson on the 30th hole of the day, the 466-yard par-five 12th, squared the match again.
Stoll birdied the par-five 15th, the 33rd hole of the day, to go back ahead 1-up. After a par tie at the 34th, Peterson made pars in the 35th and 36th holes while Stoll bogeyed each hole. That produced the Oregon Am title for Peterson, the first Viking golfer ever to achieve the feat (Portland State Coach Kailin Downs, a native of Bend, won Oregon Amateur in 2002.).
The challenge of staying close in the match while never leading was the key to victory for Peterson.
“I really stuck with the process,” Peterson said. “I just believed I could do it and knew I was playing well enough to get the job done.”
“My ball-striking was consistent and I was able to put pressure on by hitting a lot of good shots at the pins.”
Peterson reached the final by defeating Madison Odiorne – a 2015 finalist – 3 and 2, in a semifinal match on Friday afternoon.
Peterson opened the Oregon Amateur earlier in the week by finishing sixth in the stroke-play portion of the tournament. The Viking senior-to-be shot 79-75=154 over the Glaze Meadow Course. She received a bye in the match play round of 32. On Wednesday Peterson defeated 11th-seeded Kaitlin Collom, 4 and 3, in the round of 16. On Thursday Peterson defeated 14th-seeded Hannah Swanson, 4 and 3 in the round of eight.