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Oregon Teen Makes History


Monica Vaughn, a 15-year-old from Reedsport, Ore., won the Girls (15-17) Division in the Oregon Junior Amateur with a birdie on the 17th hole at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club to defeat Caroline Inglis of Eugene, Ore., 2 and 1.

Last week, Vaughn became the youngest winner ever (in either the men's or women's) to capture the Oregon Amateur title in its 101-year history.

Mary Budke accomplished the same feat in 1970. Budke, now a doctor in Eugene, went on to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, eight Oregon Amateur titles, play on a victorious Curtis Cup team and captain the American Curtis Cup team to victory in 2002.

In 1955, Carole Jo Kabler also won both titles along with the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur. She followed with three more Oregon Amateur titles and was a semifinalist in the 1957 U.S. Women's Amateur. As Carole Jo Skala, she played on the LPGA Tour, winning four times.

Both Budke and Kabler are members of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame.

The above report is courtesy of the Oregon Golf Association.