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2005 Holiday Open – Beaverton, OR

December 12th, 2005 by Geoff Thomsen

Found a few free hours to head to Griffith Park YMCA in Beaverton, OR to check out the action at the 2005 Holiday Open. Number 5 seed (#5?!) Jeff Stark settled all seeding disputes after first taking out number 1 seed Jimmy Lowe in the semi’s, and then number 2 seed Dan Darling in the finals.

Just to add a little flair to the tie-breaker, Jeff hit this pretty “jumping-behind-the-back-pinch-rollout” at 10-6 to win the match.

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Also included are misc. shots from some other matches going on around the time of the Men’s Open Finals.

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4 Comments.

  • 1. SirCharles1 | December 16th, 2005 at 7:32 pm

    How can Jeff Stark be seeded 5th?? Obviously the tournment directors have never seen Jeff play or played agains him. It just goes to show the directors should pay a little more attention to the seedings.

  • 2. Geoff | December 16th, 2005 at 8:06 pm

    Well, there is actually a pretty complex system for the seedings. Oregon has a points system that is followed pretty religously for seeding all other divisions. In the Men’s Open, the TDs have to use the points as well as common sense because many out of state players frequent the events (but don’t have many Oregon ranking points). Jeff has been beaten a few times in Oregon – twice by Jason Samora, and once by Chad Westwood (pretty sure).

  • 3. geoff | December 16th, 2005 at 9:25 pm

    I’ll also add that Jeff Stark is absolutely no slouch of a player. In my opinion, he wasn’t really playing *that* great in the finals, yet convincingly won. He played a match down here against Derrick Robinson that was *awesome*. Derrick broke a huge sweat and had the look of “damn, he just rolled that out” on his face the whole time.

  • 4. Anonymous | December 18th, 2005 at 10:57 pm

    Jeff should have been seeded #2 or #3…He has not had a lot of success here in Oregon, but I do not believe he was #5 in that draw….the proof was in the finish…he took out #1, #2 and #4 seeds for the win. Lowe was #1 and has not made it to the finals in his two Oregon appearances thus far this year…Stark probably won’t be denied a top seed in the near future. The way things are turning out so far, there is no clear dominant player on the ORA Tour this year. Things will be getting interesting through the rest of the season.

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