Day 2 of the Southern Oregon Golf Championship

Medford, Ore — Amateur golfers from across Southern Oregon and the country gathering together once again for another holiday weekend on the course at the Rogue Valley Country Club.

The sport of golf attracts a wide variety of people and at the Southern Oregon Golf Championships those personalities were on display.

For decades the Southern Oregon Golf Championship has been attracting amateur golfers from across the country.

“We were the first to tee off, had to wear two jackets being from Hawaii. I guess my blood’s a little thin,” said George Parsons.

As much as the tournament is about competition, golfer’s say the real draw is the comradarie.

“You play against friends from here and friends that come from different parts of the country, west coast even back east,” said Marshall Holman.

Even intense competitors like defending champion Lavone Kirkwood can appreciate the relationships made here.

“A lot of times you’ll play with the same ladies and you make new friends and it’s a rekindling of new old friendships too,” said Kirkwood.

Kirkwood is looking for a repeat of last year’s win in the senior womens bracket.

“Just hoping I make it to Monday, if not I’ll just enjoy however long I get to go,” said Kirkwood.

As the 86th annual Southern Oregon golf championship brings golfers together
For better or worse

“Lost both rounds, so I’m out, but I’ll be back next year.”

The tournament runs through Monday when champions in six different categories will be crowned.

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