Eckroat gets help from rock wall in win over McGreevy

By Ken MacLeod

OWASSO – One of the best played matches in the opening two rounds of the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship at The Patriot Golf Club had a bizarre ending.

The past two Class 6A state champions, 2014 winner Austin Eckroat of Edmond North and 2013 champ Max McGreevy of Edmond Santa Fe reached the ninth hole, their final hole, with the 15-year-old Eckroat clinging to just a 1-up lead despite making five birdies.

McGreevy, who had made four birdies of his own but suffered his lone bogey on the eighth hole to fall one down, missed the green left on the 240-yard par-3 hole playing into a south breeze, while Eckroat pushed his right and was below the green up against the back lip of a bunker. McGreevy pitched downhill and rolled about 15 feet past the hole.

Eckroat took a full swipe at his difficult lie. He hit the back lip of the bunker on the downswing and the ball screamed over the green heading out-of-bounds and likely leading to extra holes. But the ball was just low enough to hit a rock wall and ricochet back to nearly pin high about 20 feet behind the green. He pitched it to 4 feet, and, when McGreevy missed his par attempt, rolled in the bogey putt to advance.

“That was very fortunate,” Eckroat said. “Other than that, we both played great. When I saw the draw I was excited to get a chance to play against Max. I knew it would be a good match.”

McGreevy, who completed a strong freshmen season at the University of Oklahoma and last week qualified to play in this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, rolled in a 10-foot birdie on the par-4 seventh hole minutes after Eckroat had grabbed the lead by nearly acing the par-3 sixth.

Eckroat will face Sam Johnston of Oklahoma Christian University in the third round Tuesday morning. Quarterfinal matches are Tuesday afternoon, with semifinals Wednesday morning and the championship match at 12:30 p.m.

Eckroat will be looking to become the youngest State Amateur champion perhaps of all time, according to OGA officials. Colton Staggs won it at age 17 in 2009 at The Territory with a 4 and 2 victory over Robert Streb, now a PGA Tour regular. Staggs, now a University of Tulsa senior, lost in the second round 1 up in 19 holes to Cullen Stahle of Lawton.

Leading the local contingent into the third round was Brendon Jelley of Jenks. Jelley, who redshirted his freshman season at Oklahoma State this year, cruised past Cameron Hamilton of Broken Arrow 6 and 5 in his opening match and K.C. Colvin of Cache 4 and 3 in the second round.

“I spent all last year at OSU working on my ball striking and just fine tuning all aspects of my game,” Jelley said. “I played well today. I got off to a 4-up lead at the turn in the second match and just played steady coming in.”

Jelley will face Tyson Reeder, a member of the Edmond North powerhouse which this year won its 10th consecutive high school championship.

Sam Humphreys, another member of that Edmond North team who will be a freshman at the University of Tulsa this fall, was drubbed 7 and 6 by Quade Cummins of Weatherford in the second round.

Preston Crawford of Jenks High School rolled into the third round with a 6 and 5 victory over Gavin Mastell of Oklahoma City, while 2014 Trojan graduate Connor Houston edged Trent Evans of Edmond in 20 holes to move into a third-round match with Eric Kline of Ponca City.

Oklahoma Golf Association
State Amateur Championship
July 21-23, 2014
The Patriot Golf Club
Match Play Results

Round — (Round of 64)
Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, Okla.  def. Grant Peterson, Broken Arrow, Okla.  4 and 3
Kyle Story, Edmond, Okla.  def. Brady Richardson, Tulsa, Okla.  5 and 4
Nick Pierce, Sallisaw, Okla.  def. Caleb Meyers, Edmond, Okla.  5 and 3
Mike Biata, Owasso, Okla.  def. Mike Alsup, Tulsa, Okla.  2 up
Casey Fernandez, Mcalester , Oklahoma   def. Jeff Clagg, Claremore, Okla.  5 and 4
Mason Keller, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Ty Tamura, Edmond, Okla.  5 and 4
Brent Williamson, Broken Arrow, Okla.  def. Eli Armstrong, Edmond , Okla.  1 up
Heath Myers, Kingfisher, Okla.  def. Jacob Bishop, Edmond, Okla.  5 and 4
Zachary Oliver, Checotah, Okla.  def. Taylor Lansford, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma  4 and 2
Garrison Mendoza, Clinton, Okla.  def. Alexander Hughes, Tulsa, Okla.  7 and 6
Rustin Purser, Edmond, Okla.  def. Blake Long, Ada, Okla.  5 and 3
Zach Tucker, Oklahoma City, Okla.  def. Griffin Pierce, Edmond, Okla.  2 up
Casey Paul, Owasso, Okla.  def. Will Murphy, Tulsa, Oklahoma  1 up
Carson Daniel, Stigler , OK.  def. Kyle Karpe, Ponca City, Oklahoma  1 up
Preston Crawford, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Austin Enzbrenner, Owasso, Okla.  1 up
Gavin Mastell, Oklahoma City, Okla.  def. Justin Powell, Allen, Oklahoma  6 and 5
Max McGreevy, Edmond, Okla.  def. Marc Kepka, Owasso, Okla.  6 and 5
Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla.  def. Dylan McClure, Trophy Club, Texas  1 up
Sam Johnston, Edmond, Okla.  def. Braden Ricks, Shawnee, Okla.  2 and 1
Michael Hughett, Owasso, Okla.  def. Wesley Jackson, Fort Gibson, Okla.  2 and 1
Connor Houston, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Navid Majidi, Tulsa, Oklahoma  2 up
Trent Evans, Edmond, Okla.  def. Chris Karlovich, Tulsa, Okla.  2 up
Jacob Bartel, Sallisaw, Oklahoma  def. Sajan Patel, Tulsa, Okla.  1 up
Eric Kline, Ponca Citty, Oklahoma  def. Preston Bartley, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma  3 and 1
Tyson Reeder, Edmond, Okla.  def. Daniel Langley, Shawnee, Okla.  2 and 1
Scott Newell, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla.  2 and 1
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Cameron Hamilton, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma  6 and 5
K.C. Colvin, Cache, Oklahoma  def. Tyler Hargus, Shawnee, Oklahoma  6 and 5
Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla.  def. Jackson Stuteville, Durant, Okla.  2 and 1
Sam Humphreys, Edmond, Okla.  def. Joby Gray, Elk City, Okla.  7 and 6
Cullen Stahl, Lawton, Okla.  def. Daniel Funk, Tulsa, Okla.  4 and 3
Colton Staggs, Tulsa, Oklahoma  def. Ryan Roberts, Edmond, Okla.  1 up

Round — (Round of 32)
Kyle Story, Edmond, Okla.  def. Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, Okla.  3 and 2
Nick Pierce, Sallisaw, Okla.  def. Mike Biata, Owasso, Okla.  20 holes
Casey Fernandez, Mcalester , Oklahoma   def. Mason Keller, Tulsa, Okla.  4 and 3
Heath Myers, Kingfisher, Okla.  def. Brent Williamson, Broken Arrow, Okla.  5 and 3
Zachary Oliver, Checotah, Okla.  def. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton, Okla.  1 up
Rustin Purser, Edmond, Okla.  def. Zach Tucker, Oklahoma City, Okla.  1 up
Carson Daniel, Stigler , OK.  def. Casey Paul, Owasso, Okla.  2 and 1
Preston Crawford, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Gavin Mastell, Oklahoma City, Okla.  6 and 5
Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla.  def. Max McGreevy, Edmond, Okla.  1 up
Sam Johnston, Edmond, Okla.  def. Michael Hughett, Owasso, Okla.  4 and 3
Connor Houston, Tulsa, Okla.  def. Trent Evans, Edmond, Okla.  20 holes
Eric Kline, Ponca Citty, Oklahoma  def. Jacob Bartel, Sallisaw, Oklahoma  5 and 3
Tyson Reeder, Edmond, Okla.  def. Scott Newell, Tulsa, Okla.  1 up
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla.  def. K.C. Colvin, Cache, Oklahoma  4 and 3
Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla.  def. Sam Humphreys, Edmond, Okla.  7 and 5
Cullen Stahl, Lawton, Okla.  def. Colton Staggs, Tulsa, Oklahoma  19 holes
 

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