LPGA Portland Cambia Classic has strong field and a new venue

Updated: September 30, 2021

The 50th edition of the Portland Cambia Classic almost was like a soap opera. There was the change of venues, the weather, a winner which had taken some time off before the tournament and some of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour not even making the cut.

It all made for an interesting three days of golf. Yes, you read that right. Three days. The weather in Portland was so wet that tournament officials called off the third round Saturday and the event became 54 holes instead of the planned 72 holes.

The Oregon Golf Club received more than 1 1/2 inches of rain on Friday night forcing officials to call of Saturday’s round. In fact, because of the wet and slippery conditions, fans were not allowed on the course for the final round of the championship.

Jin Young of South Korea won the tournament at 11 under par winning on a Sunday after the third round on Saturday was washed out because of rain. Young took a break after the Tokyo Olympics and did not play in the Women’s British Open.

Some big names like Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lang and Christina Kim all failed to advance to the weekend rounds of the tournament, missing the cut.

Oregon State University Ellie Slama qualified for the tournament and was in danger of missing the cut after shooting an opening-round 78. But she rallied back with a 69 to advance to the weekend.

The LPGA was treated to a new host site when the Cambia Portland Classic made a move from its previous host site at Columbia Edgewater Country Club to The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn.

All was good until Mother Nature stepped in. It turns out it was the wettest weekend in the Portland area in nearly six months, forcing the tournament changes.