Pat O’Donnell: The face of senior amateur golf in Oregon

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

A “born again golfer” has become a frequent, and exemplary, champion The face of senior amateur golf in Oregon is a slender, soft-spoken 65-year-old retiree from Happy Valley whose life in the sport has more chapters than a Russian novel. Now, the story finds Pat O’Donnell a player to be reckoned with, a consistent contender […]

Peter Jacobsen: Enduring memories of growing up in golf

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

PGA Tour icon cherishes the legacy of his father, and the pros who taught him the game In retrospect, looking back roughly half a century, Peter Jacobsen doesn’t remember the tournaments he played as a youngster as much as the passionate Portland-area golf figures who inspired and supported them. “Junior golf was Bob Norquist, George […]

Monica Vaughn: Stepping away from the game, for now

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

NCAA champion from Reedsport, an Oregon Junior Golf star, sees a future in coaching More than a few times in the recent months, patrons at Houston’s restaurant have recognized the tall young server as she moves between the red leather booths with the dark wood accents in the upscale steakhouse in Scottsdale, Ariz. Maybe they […]