BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma. – Steve Hausmann of Wichita edged Mark Fuller of Edmond with a birdie on the first playoff hole Wednesday to win the championship match of the South Central PGA Match Play Championship at Forest Ridge Golf.
Fuller, who recently took over operations at Surrey Hills Golf Club outside Oklahoma City, nearly won the match with an eagle putt on the 18th hole that grazed the cup. Both players made birdie there to send the match to the first hole for a playoff.
After both players hit good approach shots on the par-4 hole, Fuller left his birdie putt inches short and Hausmann converted his for his first section "major" championship.
"The golf course was in great shape and Mark played a great match," said Hausmann. "I’m honored to have played well enough to win the championship."
Fuller reached the final with a 3 and 2 victory over seven-time and defending champion Tim Fleming of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. After Fleming made an early run of birdies to take a 2-up lead, Fuller birdied six of eight holes to take command. Hausmann edged Art Romero of Texarkana Country Club 2 and 1 in the other semifinal.
"Events like this can only happen through the generosity of our sponsors," said Cimarron Grubb, SCSPGA director of tournament operations. "We truly appreciate Justice Golf Car, JaniKing and The PGA Tour for their support in making this event a success. A special thanks to Lance Allen and the entire staff and membership of Forest Ridge Golf Club for the great course conditions and hospitality."