Kamas steadies herself on back 9 to take WOGA Girls Junior Championship

By Murray Evans
Photos by Rip Stell

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 19, 2019) – It’s been a busy summer so far for Maddi Kamas – filled with a family vacation and a U.S. Golf Association event qualifier – so much so the Kingfisher High School standout didn’t have time to squeeze in a practice round for the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Junior Girls Championship.

That lack of familiarity with Quail Creek Golf and Country Club almost cost her during Wednesday’s final round, but she steadied herself and shot even par on the back nine to hold off Brooklyn Benn of Edmond by one shot for the title in the championship flight.

Kamas, who entered the day with a two-shot lead, posted a 5-over-par 78 to finish the two-round tournament at 153 (7-over), one shot better than Benn, who closed with a 75. Emma Shelley, who just finished her senior season at Bartlesville High School, shot a 78 on Wednesday and took third, one shot behind Benn.

“The last time I played here, I was actually in the 10-11 age group,” said Kamas, a rising junior at Kingfisher. “I haven’t been back since. On Monday, I was in a USGA qualifier at Dornick (Hills, in Ardmore) and then I came straight here.”

Lake of the Ozarks

Despite the lack of practice at Quail Creek, Kamas – named The Oklahoman‘s All-City player of the year three weeks ago – did just fine during Tuesday’s first round, shooting a 75. It was a different story Wednesday, as a double bogey and three bogeys on the front nine left her a bit flustered.

But starting with the par-4 No. 10 and continuing through Quail Creek’s consecutive par-5s at No. 17 and No. 18, Kamas went bogey-free the rest of the way. That proved important, as one group ahead of her – and unbeknownst to Kamas – Benn, a rising sophomore at Oklahoma Christian School, was applying pressure with her 75.

Kamas laid up short of the green on No. 18, then chipped on and two-putted for the par that sealed her win. Right before Kamas putted, Shelley had chipped in for a birdie.

“I didn’t know (the final putt) was to avoid a playoff,” Kamas said. “I just knew I had to make it because (Shelley) birdied it and that would put us in a tie for the day.”

Kamas, who practices at home using a synthetic putting green and by hitting tee shots into a nearby wheat field, won seven of her eight high school tournaments this spring. The only loss came in the Class 4A state tournament, in which she was the runner-up. She was the runner-up in the stroke play portion of the Oklahoma Golf Association Girls Junior Championship earlier this month and reached the quarterfinals of match play in that event, falling to Alyssa Wilson of Yukon.

She’s already verbally committed to Oklahoma City University, an NAIA power, and OCU coach Marty McCauley served as Kamas’ caddie on Wednesday.

69th WOGA GIRLS’ JUNIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
QUAIL CREEK COUNTRY CLUB
JUNE 18-19

FINAL RESULTS

CHAMPION Maddi Kamas 75/78-153
Runner Up – Brooklyn Benn 79/75-154
Emma Shelley 77/78-155
Lily Whitley 80/78-158
Blayne Barker 81/78-159,
Rachel Nelke 80/80-160
Jenni Roller 81-80-161
Sarah Sherrard 77/84-161
Sydney Hermann 77/84-161
Olivia Coit 84/82-166
Jordan Clayborn 86/81-167
Alyssa Wilson 88/80-168
Grace Griggs 85/83-168
Reagan Chaney 85/84-169
Hannah Torres 90/86-176
Sara Armstrong 92/87-179
Ashlyn Acosta 97/87-184
Campbell Payne 98/87-185
Mikyla Khan 94/91-185
Jade Kuykendall 96/90-186
Mia Pendleton 90-96-186

Age Division 16-18
Avery Clevenger 86/87-173
Katelyn Bollenbach 87/92-179
Tayler Due 87/94-181
Kelsey Douglas 89/94-183
Kristina Aills 96/89-185
Alexis Stitt 111/113-224

Age Division 14-15
Aubey House 90/82-172
Gracie Doke 89/84-173
Lily Stanton 85/90-175
Kamryn Zuniga 89/99-188
Adrian Piles 98/94-192
Jenna Triplet 100/94-194
Riley Beeler 101/96-197
Aaliyah Knight 105/109-214
Ella Barbush 107/107-214

Age Division 12-13
Layne Alshie 94/90-184
Natalie Blonien 98/93-191
Riley Rinner 96/98-194
Isabella Suttee 104/99-203

Age Division 10-11
Megan Kalapura 42/36-78
Lorelai Efaw 41/47-88
Natalie Purvis 40/50-90
Maggie Ruby 46/46-92
Gracie Levonitis 49/45-94
Nikiki Pitts 45/55-100

  • Runner-up Brooklyn Benn 79/75 154
  • Runner-up Brooklyn Benn 79/75 154
  • Runner-up Brooklyn Benn 79/75 154
  • Runner-up Brooklyn Benn 79/75 154
  • Runner-up Brooklyn Benn 79/75 154
  • Runner-up Brooklyn Benn 79/75 154
  • Maddi Kamas. 76/78 153
  • Maddi Kamas. 76/78 153
  • Maddi Kamas. 76/78 153
  • Maddi Kamas. 76/78 153
  • Maddi Kamas. 76/78 153
  • Maddi Kamas. 76/78 153
  • Emma Shelley
  • Sydney Hermann
  • Sarah Sherrard
  • Sarah Sherrard
  • Lilly Whitley
  • Blayne Barker
  • Blayne Barker
  • Jenni Roller
  • Raychel Nelke

 

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