Gigi Stoll, a recent graduate of Beaverton High School, shot a tournament record, course record and personal best 9-under par 63 on Monday to win the Cambia Portland Classic Amateur Open at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, OR. Stoll started the round with five birdies and an eagle on the front nine for a score of 29 at the turn. Her back nine included her only bogey of the day and three birdies to complete her record breaking round on the 6411-yard course. The win earns Stoll an exemption into the Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club August 13-16.
“I was very aware that I had a 29 after the ninth hole and I definitely had a 59 in my mind at that point,” said Stoll. “I learned a lot playing the LPGA tournament last year and it was great to be able to play on the weekend against the best players in the world in my hometown. That experience made me a better player.”
Stoll made the cut against the LPGA pros last year, posting a -1 total (T52) in the Cambia Portland Classic in front of an impressive gallery of local supporters. Earlier this year, Stoll successfully defended her Oregon Amateur Championship title and won her second Oregon 6A girls state golf title.
As a junior golfer, Stoll volunteered through the Oregon Golf Association as a standard bearer for the Portland Classic for many years and will now have the chance to play in the historic LPGA tournament for the second time. She will head to the University of Arizona this fall.
Olivia Benzin, an incoming freshman at Oregon State from Tacoma, Washington, and Caroline Inglis of the University of Oregon tied for second with scores of 68. Benzin won the 4A Washington State Girls High School title this year. Inglis is from Eugene, Oregon and won the individual title at the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships. Benzin and Inglis earned exemptions into the Cambia Portland Classic LPGA Qualifier at Columbia Edgewater on Monday, August 10 from which two players will gain entry into the LPGA tournament.
“This field of players was as strong as we have seen for this event,” said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “Caroline and Olivia are outstanding players. For Gigi to win by five strokes is truly special. It is exciting for us at Tournament Golf Foundation and for our sponsor Cambia Health Solutions to provide these impressive women with a chance to experience golf at the highest level at our LPGA tournament.”
The Cambia Portland Classic this year will feature a purse of $1.3 million for the 72-hole event. Tournament play will be from Thursday, August 13 – Sunday August 16, at Columbia Edgewater. All four days of the event will be broadcast internationally on the Golf Channel. Austin Ernst beat I.K. Kim in a playoff to take the 2014 title.
For more information on the Cambia Portland Classic and Tournament Golf Foundation, visit their website at www.Portlandclassic.com. Weekly tickets for the event are available on the website and daily tickets will be available at the gate. Through the Esco Charity Drive, 100% of all ticket sales will be donated to 14 local charities. Buyers can choose the recipient of the proceeds from their purchases from a list of participating charities. Kids under 17 are free.
Langdon Farms Golf Club is ranked as the #1 course to host tournaments and corporate events in Portland, Oregon and rated four out of five stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. Designed by John Fought and Robert Cupp, Langdon Farms opened for play in 1995 and is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management.
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*Report provided by Reid Hutchins