By Jim Ellis
MIAMI – Jim Creel got an extra special Fatherâ€™s Day present Saturday.
His son, Josh, picked up his first Adams Pro Tour victory when he logged a 25-under 263 at the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.
â€œWhat a relief â€¦ finally,â€ said Josh Creel, who pocketed $25,000 for his efforts. â€œI won the Oklahoma Open, but this is the biggest event I have won so far.
â€œGetting it done the day before Fatherâ€™s Day with my dad on the bag was pretty cool.â€
Jim Creel caddied for his son all four rounds, coping with sweltering temperatures and humidity.
Josh Creel, who capped a stellar career at Central Oklahoma in Edmond, won by two strokes over native Oklahoman Blake Trimble.
Creel, who was UCOâ€™s second-ever individual national champion as a senior in 2012, also had an Adams Tour Winter Series victory in 2015.
Creel had a 67 Saturday.
That came on the heels of rounds of a 7-under 65 Friday that gave him a share of the lead with Andrew Presley.
â€œI got off to another slow start (Saturday), just watching putts burn edges all over the front nine,â€ Creel said. â€œI made two pars to start the back nine and went on a run.â€
He strung together five straight birdies, starting on No. 12.
The spree was capped by a 12-foot birdie putt on 16 to get him to 26-under.
â€œThat was big,â€ he said. â€œIt was about 12 feet, left-to-right. Once it went in, I had a little relief; a little cushion with the last two (holes).â€
He had a three-putt bogey – his second three-putt of the day – on 17 but finished with a par on 18.
Creelâ€™s 25-under winning score was the second lowest winning score in Miami tournament history,
Chris Naegel won the 2015 BRCC at 25-under, as did Matthew Harmon in 2010 when the tournament was a stop on the NGA (formerly Hooters) Tour.
Jeff Corr holds the tournament record, going 30 under in 2008.
Trimble, who had 19 birdies through the first three rounds but managed only five over his final 18 holes, closed at 23-under 265.
Hunter Sparks of Oklahoma City, Zach Cabra, Chris Ward and Presley shared third at 22-under 266.
Chad Ramey wound up seventh at 21-under 267.
Enidâ€™s Chris Worrell and Riley Arp shared eighth at 20-under 268 and first-round leader Connor Peck and Gregory Yates tied for 10th at 269.
The NEO Foundation received a check for $18,250 for being the tournamentâ€™s charitable organization.
Three other Oklahomans placed in the tournament: Matt Mabrey of Tulsa tied for 28th, Trent Whitkiller of Sallisaw and Jason Meece of Newcastle tied for 34th and Colton Staggs of Jenks finished in a tie for 40th. Jason
The rest of the Sooner State delegation – Taylor Artman, Norman; Cameron Bishop, Tulsa; Austin Bowman, Pryor; Stephen Carney, Tulsa; Andrew Green, Oklahoma City; Tyler Hargus, Shawnee; Mike Higgins, Oklahoma City; Cameron Meyers, Edmond; Jackson Ogle, Edmond; Jacob Simon, Oklahoma City, and amateur Griffin Locke of Miami -all missed the cut.