Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Vero Beach, Fla. Portland’s Lara Tennant arrived at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club having won just one match in a USGA amateur championship in eight starts, but on October 11th she captured the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in convincing fashion. “I would say except for last year, all of the other USGA championships I played in, I probably prepared two weeks before,” explained Tennant. “With five kids I was never prepared like I am now. Since I turned 50 I was able to have the time to prepare, and I would say I have a new passion for golf.”

Making the experience even more exciting, Lara’s 78-year-old father, George Mack, served as her caddie. He was enjoying the experience even before the final round. “How can you beat this?” said Mack, “Regardless of what happens tomorrow, it doesn’t matter because we’ve had a great time.”

Tennant never trailed on Thursday, defeating Sue Wooster, 56, of Australia, 3 and 2, in the 18-hole championship match, USGA official Scott Lipsky, reported.

Tennant was able to build a cushion on the back nine on Thursday by taking advantage of some late miscues by Wooster. 

As the runner-up, Wooster receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as a three-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

What the Champion Receives

  • Custody of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Trophy for one year
  • Gold medal
  • 10-year exemption in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Open
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Here are some details about the final matchup:

 
SUE WOOSTER   LARA TENNANT
56 Age 51
Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia Hometown Portland, Ore. 
N/A College University of Arizona
     
Round of 32 (2016, 2017) Best Previous Finish in this Championship Round of 64 (2017)
No. 5 / 87 holes played Seeding / Match Holes Played No. 10 / 83 holes played
Defeated 2013 runner-up Susan Cohn in the semifinals, 3 and 2 Notable Victory

Defeated 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2

25 Age Started Playing 10
Has won national golf championships in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Noteworthy Was co-medalist in her U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur debut in 2017

Has advanced to match play in all nine USGA amateur championships in which she has competed

USGA Credentials

Has been competing in USGA championships dating back to the 1983 U.S. Girls’ Junior

Did not start playing golf competitively until she was in her 40s

Fun Fact Made the first hole-in-one in U.S. Senior Women’s Open history earlier this year

 

The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2018 is…

The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2018 is…

Portland, OR. Move over June brides, October 20th is the number one day of 2018 to get married! The once-popular summer wedding trend has officially been dethroned, according to the wedding registry site, Zola. The most popular wedding season of 2018 is fall. The wedding site gathered evidence that, for the first time ever, 40 percent of all weddings will take place during the months of September and October. Additionally, only one of the top 10 wedding dates falls before September.

Here are the top 10 wedding dates of 2018:

  1. Saturday, 10/20/2018
  2. Saturday, 8/18/2018
  3. Saturday, 10/13/2018
  4. Saturday, 9/29/2018
  5. Sunday, 9/2/2018 (Labor Day weekend)
  6. Saturday, 9/8/2018
  7. Saturday, 9/22/2018
  8. Saturday, 10/6/2018 (Columbus Day weekend)
  9. Saturday, 9/15/2018
  10. Saturday, 10/27/2018

Have you or someone you love gotten married recently? We’d be happy to write up a story and share your beautiful photos and it’s free! Or, are you getting married this fall? We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected]

A fall wedding makes for cooler temperatures and less bugs if you’re outside. With a plethora of pumpkins, there are some festive and unique wedding styles to embrace.

October was the month U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford married his longtime girlfriend, Carol Balmes. Lansford’s service dog, a golden retriever named Gabe, served as best man.

Seasonal fall flower can have bold combinations of the jewel-toned colors like deep purple, rust, scarlet, and gold.

Our website, SocietyPageWeddings.com is posting wedding stories and also has some great wedding ideas. We have a Pinterest page which has beautiful local wedding photos and a recap of the Portland Bridal Show. Check out our Pinterest page by clicking the link below:

This is our link to wonderful photos:  https://www.pinterest.com/societypageweddings/pins/ 

The 2019 show will be January 12th- 13th at the Oregon Convention Center View Website. The Portland Bridal Show always has lots of ideas for fall weddings:

Here’s a list of some of the vendors at the Portland Bridal show:























 
 
Eugene Shines as Wilson Claims Elusive USGA Title

Eugene Shines as Wilson Claims Elusive USGA Title

Eugene, OR.  55-year-old Jeff Wilson from Fairfield, CA., won the 64th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over defending champion Sean Knapp of Oakmont, PA. The August tournament was the fifth USGA championship hosted by Eugene Country Club. (The United States Golf Association (USGA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the governing body of golf in the United States and Mexico.) Wilson had some thoughts about his performance. “I just tried to get myself to settle down and not think ahead and just keep hitting shots, and I played a pretty good back nine. I was 4 under for the last eight holes or something like that.”

For Wilson, this was the culmination of a journey that began in the late 1970s with the U.S. Junior Amateur and progressed to four U.S. Open appearances, including 2000 at Pebble Beach, where he earned low-amateur honors. He is the only golfer in USGA history to earn medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur, and earlier this summer he was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open, joining two-time USGA champion Marvin “Vinny” Giles III as the only competitors to earn that distinction in a U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open.

Wilson played the equivalent of 4-under-par golf – with the usual match-play concessions – over the final eight holes to beat Knapp, who was vying to become the first repeat champion since William C. Campbell in 1979-1980.

“Anybody that’s played amateur golf at a high level has known Jeff Wilson. He’s a superstar,” said Sean Knapp. “You did not see a senior golfer out there. You saw one of the best amateur golfers in the country.”

Wilson had come close to winning USGA titles before, reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in consecutive years (2001-2002) and the quarterfinals of that championship on three other occasions. But when he turned 55 in June, he could compete in the U.S. Senior Amateur and he joined Knapp as players to have won the title in their first year of eligibility.

At 55 years, 2 months and 16 days, he is the third youngest to win the U.S. Senior Amateur behind Stan Lee and his brother, Louis Lee.

“I think Sean said it best [at the prize ceremony], it’s really hard to win one of these things,” said Wilson, the owner of a car dealership. “First you’ve got to get over yourself and then you have to beat the guy playing with you. And it’s difficult.

“I always thought I was good enough to be a USGA champion, but I never work put the work in. And that shows up when the matches are on the line. This year, I put the work in.”

Enjoying as much as a 30-yard advantage off the tee, Wilson took advantage of that power on the two second-nine par 5s at Eugene, nearly reaching both in two. He won the 13th to go 1 up and after winning the par-4 14th when Knapp three-putted, Wilson’s second shot from the right rough on the 522-yard 16th hole stopped 5 yards short of the green. With Knapp already inside 4 feet following a perfect wedge approach, Wilson eschewed his wedge and putted the ball from the fairway. It came up 9 feet short, but he managed to convert the birdie putt to maintain his 2-up lead.

On the 17th hole, both players hit their wedge approaches within 12 feet of the flagstick. When Knapp’s birdie attempt drifted past the hole, all Wilson had to do was cozy his birdie putt to within concession range, which he did to take the title.”

From USGA:

  • Runner-up Sean Knapp received a silver medal and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Senior Open, the 2019 U.S. Amateur and next month’s U.S. Mid-Amateur.
  • Before Thursday’s final, John Richardson had been the last medalist to win the U.S. Senior Amateur, doing so at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. His son,Kemp Richardson, later won titles in 2001 and 2003, making them the only father-son tandem to win a USGA championship.
  • Knapp is the fifth player in U.S. Senior Amateur history to win a U.S. Senior Amateur title and lose in the championship match the following year. The other four are J. Clark Espie (1956-1957), Lewis Oehmig (1976-1977), Ed Updegraff (1981-1982) and Mark Bemowski (2004-2005)
  • Jeff Wilson’s 84-year-old father, Jack, took a break from a fly-fishing trip on the nearby McKenzie River in Oregon to watch his son play the final match.
  • Wilson’s caddie this week was childhood friend Bobby Periera. In a bit of irony, Pereira was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers cap, which happens to be the team Knapp roots for. Knapp resides in the Pittsburgh suburbs.   

 

“365 by Whole Foods Market” in Lake Oswego Draws Shoppers

“365 by Whole Foods Market” in Lake Oswego Draws Shoppers

Lake Oswego, OR. It has been a year and a half since “365 by Whole Foods Market” opened in Lake Oswego and locals keep streaming in. The store, located at 11 S State Street, is a pared down version of a Whole Foods market with roughly a quarter of the inventory. It’s also self-serve without a full service deli, meat department or bakery. Still, lots of shoppers like the concept and the lower prices. It was the second such store opened by Whole Foods in the U.S.

Produce is fresh and reasonable.

Produce is fresh and reasonably priced.

Meats are pre-packaged like a Costco.

Meat and fish are pre-packaged and displayed like you might see at Costco.

The Namesake Whole Food generic brand can be found throughout.

The Namesake “Whole Foods” generic “365” brand can be found throughout the new store.

Prepackaged soups and salads are self-serve.

Shoppers select prepackaged soups and salads out of refrigerated cases.

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Shelves are filled with items, but many rows are filled with duplicates.

Items like

Items like zucchini noodles are popular.

There's a self service hot buffet with items to go and a salad bar as well.

There’s a self service hot buffet with items to go and a salad bar as well.

There's a "Next Level Burger" and Canteen inside the store.

There’s a “Next Level Burger” and Canteen inside the store.

Many are enthusiastic about the lower prices with a three bags of groceries ringing up to under $90.00.

Many are enthusiastic about the lower prices with three bags of groceries ringing up to under $90.00.

The store is located in the former Albertsons on 11 S State St, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 8:00am - 10:00pm Seven days a week Phone503.782.4672 Featured Friend: Next Level Burger

The store is located in the former Albertsons at 11 S State St, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. It’s open from 8:00am – 10:00pm seven days a week. Phone 503.782.4672

When it first opened, the President of 365 by Whole Foods Market, Jeff Turnas, explained, “The name celebrates our belief that fresh healthy foods can be readily available to more people in an affordable way every day…365 days a year. It also tips our hat to our popular 365 Everyday Value brand, which our shoppers seek out for quality, transparency and great value — the same attributes to come with our smaller-store format.

The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store opened in May 25, 2016, in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then came Lake Oswego on July 14th. Bellevue, Washington is scheduled to open in 2016. An additional 10 stores are expected to open in 2017.

Here’s a list of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores in development:

California

  • Santa Monica – opening date TBA
  • San Francisco – opening date TBA
  • Concord– opening date TBA
  • Claremont – opening date TBA
  • Los Alamitos – opening date TBA
  • Long Beach – opening date TBA
  • North Hollywood – opening date TBA

Oregon

Washington

  • Bellevue – opening fall 2016

Texas

  • Houston – opening date TBA
  • Cedar Park – opening date TBA

Ohio

  • Cincinnati – opening date TBA
  • Akron – opening date TBA
  • Toledo – opening date TBA

Illinois

  • Evergreen Park – opening date TBA

Indiana

  • Bloomington – opening date TBA

Georgia

  • Decatur – opening date TBA

Florida

  • Gainesville – opening date TBA
Oregon Film Office Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Oregon Film Office Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Portland, OR. Oregon Film turns 50 this year. The office was founded in 1968 by Governor Tom McCall as a way to meet the needs of the Hollywood crew filming Paint Your Wagon which was shooting in Baker County. Hundreds of projects have been filmed in Oregon over the past 50 years including Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s 2014 biographical adventure staring Reese Witherspoon.

TNT’s Leverage Season 4 filmed on Mount Hood.

Forest Park was one location for NBC Universal’s GRIMM where David Giuntoli, who played Nick Burckhardt, and Russell Hornsby, who played Hank Green, worked a crime scene. (Photo credit, Scott Green)

In the 50th anniversary year, the newly minted #OregonMade “umbrella” initiative strives to raise awareness, pride and creative connections between production of all types, as well as businesses, crew, the education sector, events and related services.  #OregonMade promotes all sizes of projects, even those that do not necessarily qualify for financial incentive programs.

As part of the initiative, Oregon Film created the non-profit, Oregon Made Creative Foundation. This unique project, done in partnership with the Charitable Partnership Fund to create a stand-alone (501[c][3]), offers several limited edition #OregonMade products for sale.  All of the net proceeds will be used for grants for low or micro-budget creative content, initiated or made by Oregonians.

Oregon’s collective production industries now generate more than $200M in tracked economic activity per year. That’s more than 20x the tracked spending for this industry in Oregon in 2005.

According an economic impact study by PSU’s Northwest Economic Research Center this industry now provides Oregon with more than 3000 jobs and $150M in annual payroll.

The crew working on the TV show Grimm, which wrapped in 2017 after six seasons, took time to record testimonials about working in the local film industry.

Here’s a video created in 2009 for the Oregon Film Office to help bring major motion picture and television series productions to the state.

Oregon Film is tasked with the following:

  • Market Oregon as a filming location
  • Recruit out-of-state productions
  • Liaise with producers & production groups
  • Help build the indigenous film, video, and multimedia industry
  • Sponsor industry & community events
  • Work with partners to build the creative community
  • Advise other entities on creating filming regulations
  • Strengthen relationships with local communities
  • Provide consumer protection information
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the industry

About Oregon Film:

Oregon Film is a semi-independent, state agency with a mission to promote, support and advance the film, video, interactive, animation and creative content industries within the state, by fostering and creating connections between production, businesses and the public, and strengthening this industry’s profile and reputation locally, nationally and internationally.  It operates with a staff of four people who work to promote and strengthen the statewide industry, it answers to a board, which is overseen by Governor Kate Brown. The Board of Directors includes: Juliana Lukasik (Chair), Jason A. Atkinson, Angela Jackson, Paul Loving and Steve Oster. Oregon Film acts as the official voice of the production industry in Oregon. 

As Oregon Film moves into another busy production season and a new fiscal year, administrators are busy managing the state’s incentive programs – OPIF, Greenlight Oregon, iOPIF and the newly created rOPIF – and a large and growing, interactive database of over 6000 filming locations, as well as curating and managing  the many resources that are needed to shoot a film, TV series, or commercial project, or start an interactive, animation or branded content company here.  

We aim to try and create space for connections between the creative and business communities in Oregon – that’s where all of the exciting #OregonMade work lies!  This means we support and attend more than a hundred industry and community events in any given year; festivals, screenings, film shadow programs, educational outreach and business relationships/partners. We regularly work with state agencies such as; Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Arts Commission and Business Oregon; statewide non-profits like the OMPAThe Hollywood Theatre and The Historic Theaters Initiative; and educational programs at institutions such as PSU, SOU, PCC, CCC, U of O and even high schools across the state. (Take a look at some highlights of a High School Job Shadow program we did last summer.)

Did you know that last year we tracked more than 40 film-related festivals in Oregon? We were lucky enough to attend more than half of these (with a goal to reach them all!). All told, we traveled nearly 10,000 miles last year alone in order to make creative connections in Lakeview, Ashland, Burns, Pendleton, Estacada, Bend, Klamath Falls, Eugene and La Grande – all celebrating #OregonMade projects and locations.

Most recently, we we able to partner with Portland City Parks, Friends of Trees, Friends of Pier Park, Comcast/NBC, City of Portland, Gov. Brown and Comm. Nick Fish to plant a grove of trees in Pier Park ,North Portland, to commemorate six years of the NBC series “Grimm” calling Portland it’s photogenic home.

The icing on the cake this past year was the double-whammy of a six month exhibit at PDX Airport with costumes and props from some of Oregon’s most iconic shows – “Wild,” “The Goonies,” “The Librarians,” “Portlandia,” “Animal House” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – an exhibit seen by over one million people – and last summer’s statewide tour of Buster Keaton’s #OregonMade 1926 silent classic ,”The General”, with a brand new, live score by Oregon Composer Mark Orton. The pinnacle performance took place in an outdoor amphitheater in front of more than 1500 people in Cottage Grove, about 100 yards from the very tracks where it was shot more than 90 years ago. These special projects represent the kind of creative connection we take pride in making with our collective #OregonMade brand.

If you think there might be ways we can creatively connect with you – please get in touch and let us know.  We thank you for partnering to help promote all things #OregonMade.

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Oregon Public House Raises $161,000 for Local Nonprofits

Oregon Public House Raises $161,000 for Local Nonprofits

Portland, OR. The country’s first nonprofit brew house will be serving up some craft beer during the Super Bowl. Since 2013, Oregon Public House, at 700 NE Dekum St., has raised over $161,000 for local nonprofits by selling beer and pub food. When customers purchase their food and/or beverage they decide which charity will benefit. Some select Aletruism beer made by Andy Furgeson. He describes the brew as, “The Red Yarn NW Style. Red Ale is woody, spicy, piney and citrusy.”

Volunteers from the nonprofits that benefit, like Wayfinding Academy, wait tables.

With over 2,000 square feet in a 100+ year old building, the Oregon Public House is an open family-friendly space.

Here’s a video explaining the Oregon Public House slogan “Have a Pint – Change the World!”

Here’s a list of the current charity partners:

Portland NET
Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) recruits, trains, and manages local disaster response volunteers. Teams are made up of residents trained by the Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. Members receive basic training in saving lives and helping their neighbors in an emergency. NET is committed to creating a team in each of the city’s 95 neighborhoods.
Welcome Home Coalition
The Welcome Home Coalition envisions a future where everyone has a safe, stable, affordable home.  WHC is made up of a diverse group of organizations, businesses and community members in the Portland metropolitan region. Through coalition building, policy research and strategy, leadership development, and grassroots organizing, they work to address the ever-growing housing crisis and find funding for affordable housing.

Self Enhancement Inc.
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) is dedicated to guiding underserved youth and families to realize their full potential through providing learning opportunities in the areas of academics, health and wellness, and performing arts.  SEI works with schools, families, and community organizations to provide guidance for how to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to young individuals and enhances the quality of community life.

Joy of Living Assistance Dogs
The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD) is dedicated to the raising and training of service dogs. Their mission is to provide skilled, devoted companions to support and assist people living with disabilities, including veterans with PTSD. Through the placement of professionally trained service dogs, JLAD works to create cohesive teams focused on building lives of greater freedom and independence.

ReFIT
Remodeling For Independence Together (ReFIT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people struggling with illness, injury, disability or the aging process to live independent lives at home. By providing essential modification services such as access ramps, bathroom modifications, widening doorways and installing grab bars, they help homeowners who want to stay in their homes but lack the resources to make necessary changes.

ReClaim It!
ReClaim It! is a nonprofit arts and reuse retail store that salvages materials from the “dump” (Metro Transfer Station) for artists, neighbors, and DIYers to reuse, repair, and reimagine. Since its founding in 2014, ReClaim It! volunteers have gleaned more than 300,000 pounds of reusable materials. Their vision is to reduce the number of items that end their journey at the landfill.

Oregon Public House has an OPEN APPLICATION period twice a year. Follow the organization on Facebook for updates on the next open application season. You’ll also see food and drink specials.

The Oregon Public house has been featured on over a dozen broadcast programs, including The Colbert Report.

And it was featured in the New York Times.

Oregon Public House President, Ryan Saari says, “Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes by creating a family-friendly pub environment for our neighbors.”

President, Ryan Saari says, "Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes of our city by creating a family-friendly pub environment where our neighbors from the surrounding area can come to enjoy community around good food and craft beer while supporting great causes. Have a Pint - Change the World!

The Oregon Public House is a place where people can learn more about non-profit organizations and discover practical ways they can become involved.

From Oregon Public House:

Right now, the best way to be involved is by becoming a Featured “Charity of the Day”.  This allows you to be the ONLY charity benefitting from single night sales.  If you’d like more info on how this works, please contact [email protected] and we can chat. 
New Charities “apply” by holding one of these events and we get a chance to work together.  For more info, email us or click here.
If you would like, please follow us on Facebook and or Twitter as we will be letting people know when we will be opening up our application process.

 

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