Conner Kumpula

Conner Kumpula Wins Oregon Stroke Play

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   08-03-2014

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REDMOND, Ore. – Oregon State sophomore men’s golfer Conner Kumpula won the three-day, 54-hole Oregon Stroke Play Championship on Sunday.

Kumpula fired a 13-under 68-68-67--203 at the par-72, 7,186-yard Juniper Golf Club to win the 62nd edition of the Oregon Stroke Play Championship by three strokes over the 2013 champion Zach Foushee,. Oregon State sophomore Kevin Murphy finished in a tie for third with a 5-under 71-73-67--211.

The Oregon Stroke Play Championship is a 54-hole competition with a cut to the low half of the field and ties after two rounds of play. The 158-player field included the top men’s amateur players from around Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Kumpula was even through nine holes in his first round on Friday before dominating the course with 17 birdies over his next 45 holes, including eight in the final round on Sunday. He was 4 under on the par 3’s, 6 under on the par-4’s and 3 under on the par-5’s over the three rounds.

Several other Beaver golfers competed in the event as sophomore Brett Johnson finished in a tie for 14th (1-over 217), junior Chris Tedesco finished in a tie for 27th (4-over 220), and junior Tyler Carlson and incoming freshman C.J. Sitton both tied for 38th place (7-over 223).

Oregon State men’s golfers have had a good summer as senior Alex Franklin and incoming freshman Tyler Collier both qualified for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) in Johns Creek, Ga., from Monday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 17.

The Beavers will open their 2014 fall season when they compete at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa from Monday, Sept. 14 to Wednesday, Sept. 16.