Cummins avoids upset, Jelley cruises on opening day of OGA State Amateur

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 25, 2016) – For a moment, it looked like a second top-three seed would fall on the opening day of the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Monday. But after blowing a three-shot lead in a five-hole span, Quade Cummins rallied with a clutch putt.

The third-seeded Cummins, a rising sophomore for the Oklahoma Sooners, hit a tricky downhill 12-footer on No. 9 to prevail over Oklahoma Christian University junior Chris Karlovich 1-up in the tournament’s second round at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

Two-time defending State Amateur champion Brendon Jelley, a rising junior at Oklahoma State, joined Cummins in the round of 16 to be played Tuesday morning, cruising to a 4 and 2 win over Owen Brown of Sand Springs in the opening round, followed by a 3 and 2 decision over Gavin Mastell of Edmond.

Second-seeded Matthew Rison of Edmond wasn’t as fortunate, dropping a first-round match 3 and 2 to Aaron Davis of Tulsa, who just wrapped up his collegiate career at Rogers State. 

In the opening round, Cummins – a two-time Class 4A individual prep champion at Weatherford who redshirted for OU in 2015-16 – had little trouble with Jett Johnson on Norman (who just ended his collegiate career at Oklahoma City University), winning 5 and 4.But Karlovich, a former Class 5A individual champ for Tulsa Bishop Kelley who took two years off from competitive golf before transferring to OC for the 2015-16 academic year, turned what looked like another runaway by Cummins into a tight afternoon match.

Starting on No. 10, Cummins quickly went 2-up, but by the turn, Karlovich rallied to pull even. But fatigue sat in for Karlovich and Cummins took advantage by winning No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 to go 3-up with six holes left.

But Karlovich again pulled even. He parred No. 4 while Cummins three-putted from 18 feet, and another par at No. 5 pulled him closer, as Cummins bogeyed after his second shot on the par-5 hole hit a tree branch.

At No. 8, Karlovich drained a 20-foot birdie putt while Cummins missed an eight-foot attempt to even the match. But on No. 9, Cummins came through with a second shot to within 12 feet of the hole. Karlovich’s second shot was 30 feet out, just short of the green, and his uphill birdie putt was about five feet short. Given an opening, Cummins took advantage and drained his birdie putt to end the match.

“It was just a grind,” Cummins said. “There were some ups and downs through the whole match. You’ve just got to stay grinding.

“I came here to win, so anything less, I’ll be disappointed. But you’ve got to get past the first match. One match at a time.”

It was a tough finish for Karlovich, who beat OC teammate and good friend Zac Schaefer of Edmond 2-up in the opening round. It was one of two opening-round matches to pit collegiate teammates against each other. In the other, Southern Nazarene’s Ryan Roberts beat seventh-seeded Jacob Prentice 1-up.

OGA officials said the unusual situation of having college teammates play each other so early in the tournament was completely by chance, with the first-round pairings determined by qualifying scores for the event. But knowing that didn’t make it any more enjoyable for those involved in such matches.

“It was hard to go up against a teammate,” Karlovich said. “I saw the bracket and couldn’t believe it. Zac and I are best friends. It was tough, for sure.”

There was the potential for Jelley to face his brother Garrett in the round of 16 had both won their first two matches, but Garrett Jelley – an incoming Oklahoma State player – fell 2 and 1 to Brady Richardson of Tulsa in the first round.

In the round of 16 on Tuesday morning, Brendon Jelley will face Richardson, while Cummins will play Luke Phillips of Edmond, who routed Harrison Gearhart of Broken Arrow 7 and 5 in the second round. The quarterfinals will be played Tuesday afternoon, with the semifinals and championship match scheduled for Wednesday.

Oklahoma Golf Association
State Amateur Championship
Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
July 25-27, 2016
Match Results

Round — (Round of 64)
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. (1) def. Owen Brown, Sand Springs, Okla. (64), 4 and 2
Gavin Mastell, Edmond , Okla. (32) def. Kirk Wright, Oklahoma City, Okla. (33), 3 and 2
Arjun Reddy, Tulsa , Okla. (49) def. Josh Gentry, Shawnee, Okla. (16), 5 and 3
Brady Richardson, Tulsa, Okla. (48) def. Garrett Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. (17), 2 and 1
Mike Hearne, Oklahoma City, Okla. (8) def. Jake Van Hooser, Tulsa, Okla. (57), 19 holes
Zach Tucker, Oklahoma City , Okla. (25) def. Cory Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Okla. (40), 2 and 1
Scott Newell, Tulsa, Okla. (56) def. Matthew Mantle, Edmond, Oklahoma (9), 5 and 3
Cody Shore, Poteau, Okla. (24) def. Ethan Edwards, Oklahoma City, Okla. (41), 2 up
Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, Okla. (4) def. Matthew Braley, Broken Arrow, Okla. (61), 4 and 3
J.R. Hurley, Norman, Okla. (29) def. Austin Kang, Edmond, Oklahoma (36), 1 up
Bill Bishop Jr, Okc, Okla. (52) def. Heath Myers, Kingfisher, Okla. (13), 4 and 3
Preston Walker, Tulsa, Okla. (20) def. Brendon Pittman, Broken Arrow, Okla. (45), 2 and 1
Garrison Mendoza, Clinton, Okla. (5) def. Blake Price, Stillwater, Oklahoma (60), 5 and 3
Tate Williamson, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (28) def. Matt Ritchie, Owasso, Okla. (37), 5 and 4
Chris Muriana, Edmond, Okla. (12) def. Ewen Delample, Claremore, Okla. (53), 1 up
Quinton Tews, Lawton, Okla. (44) def. Nathan Chambers, Edmond, Oklahoma (21), 1 up
Aaron Davis, Tulsa, Okla. (63) def. Matthew Rison, Edmond, Okla. (2), 3 and 2
Drew Posada, Shawnee, Okla. (34) def. Cameron Hamilton, Broken Arrow, Okla. (31), 2 and 1
Jared Strathe, Owasso, Okla. (50) def. Sam Humphreys, Edmond, Okla. (15), 4 and 3
Marc Kepka, Owasso, Okla. (47) def. Alberto Ruiz Nava, Oklahoma City, Okla. (18), 19 holes
Ryan Roberts, Edmond, Okla. (58) def. Jacob Prentice, Edmond, Oklahoma (7), 1 up
Ben Blundell, Oklahoma City, Okla. (39) def. Taylor Lansford, Broken Arrow, Okla. (26), 6 and 4
Rhett Bechtel, Edmond, Oklahoma (55) def. Conner Kauffman, Guymon, Okla. (10), 4 and 3
Wesley Jackson, Fort Gibson, Okla. (42) def. Sam Bass, Norman, Okla. (23), 4 and 3
Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla. (3) def. Jett Johnson, Norman, Okla. (62), 5 and 4
Chris Karlovich, Broken Arrow, Okla. (35) def. Zac Schaefer, Edmond, Okla. (30), 2 up
Luke Phillips, Edmond, Okla. (14) def. Connor Houston, Tulsa, Okla. (51), 2 and 1
Harrison Gearhart, Broken Arrow, Okla. (46) def. Clayton Keck, Tulsa, Oklahoma (19), 19 holes
Cody Burrows, Chickasha, Okla. (6) def. Daniel Langley, Shawnee, Okla. (59), 6 and 5
Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. (27) def. Matthew LeGrange, Guymon, Oklahoma (38), 3 and 2
Kyle Story, Edmond, Okla. (11) def. Andrew Loseke, Tulsa, Oklahoma (54), 3 and 2
Hagen Barmasse, Houston, Texas (22) def. Cooper Williamson, Tulsa, Okla. (43), 7 and 6

Round — (Round of 32)
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. (1) def. Gavin Mastell, Edmond , Okla. (32), 3 and 2
Brady Richardson, Tulsa, Okla. (48) def. Arjun Reddy, Tulsa , Okla. (49), 2 and 1
Mike Hearne, Oklahoma City, Okla. (8) def. Zach Tucker, Oklahoma City , Okla. (25), 2 and 1
Scott Newell, Tulsa, Okla. (56) def. Cody Shore, Poteau, Okla. (24), 7 and 5
Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, Okla. (4) def. J.R. Hurley, Norman, Okla. (29), 3 and 1
Bill Bishop Jr, Okc, Okla. (52) def. Preston Walker, Tulsa, Okla. (20), 3 and 2
Tate Williamson, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (28) def. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton, Okla. (5), 2 and 1
Chris Muriana, Edmond, Okla. (12) def. Quinton Tews, Lawton, Okla. (44), 3 and 2
Drew Posada, Shawnee, Okla. (34) def. Aaron Davis, Tulsa, Okla. (63), 5 and 4
Jared Strathe, Owasso, Okla. (50) def. Marc Kepka, Owasso, Okla. (47), 2 and 1
Ben Blundell, Oklahoma City, Okla. (39) def. Ryan Roberts, Edmond, Okla. (58), 2 and 1
Wesley Jackson, Fort Gibson, Okla. (42) def. Rhett Bechtel, Edmond, Oklahoma (55), 4 and 2
Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla. (3) def. Chris Karlovich, Broken Arrow, Okla. (35), 1 up
Luke Phillips, Edmond, Okla. (14) def. Harrison Gearhart, Broken Arrow, Okla. (46), 7 and 5
Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. (27) def. Cody Burrows, Chickasha, Okla. (6), 3 and 2
Kyle Story, Edmond, Okla. (11) def. Hagen Barmasse, Houston, Texas (22), 19 holes

 

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