Jarod Lundy took a hard road to the victory stand in the PGA South Central Section Match Play Championship at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City.
Lundy, the head professional at Winter Creek Golf & Country Club in Blanchard, defeated the top three seeds, culminating in a 4 and 3 victory over top-seeded Michael Boyd of Tulsa in the championship match.
Lundy, who was an assistant professional at Quail Creek from 2012-14, knocked off second-seeded Shannon Friday and third-seeded Mark Fuller earlier in the tournament before running into Boyd, who was coming off an epic 22-hole semifinal victory over Trent Rommann of Crestview Country Club in Wichita, a match in which the two contestants combined for eight birdies in the final three holes of regulation and four playoff holes.
Lundy, 33, started strong Wednesday morning in the championship match, making birdies on four of the first nine holes and never letting Boyd in the match.
"Jarod played really well and basically just kicked my butt," Boyd said."I had a few putts I could have made to make it a better match, but he played really well."
Lundy birdied holes 4, 6, 8 and 9 on his way to winning his first section championship. He said his time at Quail Creek was an invaluable asset this week.
"You spend 2.5 years playing somewhere quite a bit, you get to know the place, where you can miss and where you can’t," he said. "Particularly on the greens, you get to know the subtle breaks. And you can’t undersell the fact that I got to work for a really good guy like Kyle Flinton, and hope some of his knowledge and ability rubbed off on me."
Lundy and his wife are looking forward to the birth of their first child, so his time for golf above his duties at Winter Creek may be slim. He picked an opportune time to put his best foot forward.
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