Ethan DeVore looks to defend his title at 2023 SOGC

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Golf Championships continued Thursday with bracket play finally kicking off.

Returning to the tournament is last year’s men’s champion Ethan DeVore looking to defend his title.

After not having to qualify, DeVore played his first round of the tournament Thursday at the Rogue Valley Country Club.

The Medford native admits there are some nerves this year having a target on his back as the defending champ, but also said he has nerves because he cares.

DeVore has been looking forward to this week not only for the golf but to also reconnect with his family and friends.

“Golf is a huge part of it, but it’s more of a family reunion,” DeVore said. “So, just seeing people I haven’t seen in a year, that’s the coolest part of this tournament for me.”

DeVore opened bracket play Thursday with a late comeback win over Jared Charbonneau after going down three holes after eight.

He moves on to the second round teeing off at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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