By Ken MacLeod
EDMOND – When Robby Ormand dunked his second shot in the water on the short par-4 13th hole, the door to the Oklahoma Open title swung wide for a couple of hometown Edmond professionals in Ian Davis and Will Kropp.
Ormand took a double bogey on the hole and fell one shot behind Davis, playing one group ahead, and into a tie with playing partner Kropp.
Ormand’s answer to that miscue, however, was nothing less than spectacular.
The 27-year-old former TCU golfer from Austin, Texas, birdied the next three holes, including the brutal 223-yard par-3 14th over water, to slam the door on his competitors. He kept it closed by hitting it close on 17 and 18, leading to easy pars, a final-round 66 and the Oklahoma Open title and $10,000 winner’s check.
Ormand finished at 10-under 200, two shots better than Davis, who matched his final-round 66, and four ahead of 36-hole leader Kropp, who shot a final-round 72.
Ormand hit what he called a “hard 3-iron” to 12 feet below the hole on 14 to start his late birdie run. He followed that by hitting a wedge to 6 feet on the par-4 15th and then making a 30-footer from above the hole on the par-4 16th.
Davis, who last spring concluded his eligibility for Oklahoma State, was trying to add Oklahoma’s state tournament to the Colorado Open he won earlier this summer. He nearly did it, birdieing the first three holes on the back nine. He missed a 3-foot birdie on 15, then bounced back with a short birdie putt on 16 that pushed him to 9-under and tied with Ormand. However his tee shot on the long par-3 17th was too strong. He pitched from a downhill lie behind the green to about 5 feet but missed the par effort.
“The two short putts hurt, but otherwise I played really well,” Davis said. “You’ve got to hand it to Robbie, he came back strong from that double bogey. You would rather lose to someone who is making birdies and he was.”
Davis and Ormand were both tuning up for attempts to earn their way on to the Web.com Tour through PGA Tour Qualifying School. Kropp is heading back to the Latin America PGA Tour to try to earn his card through a battlefield promotion.
Alex Moon of Dallas shot a final-round 67 to take fourth place at 5-under 205 while Cameron Meyers of Edmond and Colby Shrum of Perry tied for fifth at 4-under 208 after each shot a final round 72. The top amateur was Eli Armstrong of Edmond at even-par 210.
Ormand, who has had a successful season on the Adams Tour including an early-season victory, said he had a bad lie on his second shot on 13.
“But I just hit it terrible. What are you going to do? There was no time to sit around and mope about it. I just had to get back on the horse. It’s a tough stretch of holes coming up. To be able to respond the way I did was great.”
The Open was a late addition to Ormand’s schedule.
“I’ve been told by a lot of people how good the course was and I looked online and saw how good the field was. A tough golf course and a good field and it was kind of a no-brainer. I didn’t have anything else going on.”
Ormand will ride the momentum of this win into qualifying school, where he has reached the second stage in three previous efforts.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Oak Tree Country Club – East
August 22-24, 2014
Robby Ormand, Austin, Texas – 67-67-66–200
Ian Davis, Edmond, Okla. – 68-68-66–202
Will Kropp, Edmond, Okla. – 65-67-72–204
Alex Moon, Dallas, Texas – 70-68-67–205
Cameron Meyers, Edmond, Okla. – 67-69-72–208
Colby Shrum, Perry, Okla. – 69-67-72–208
Talor Gooch, Choctaw, Okla. – 70-71-68–209
Kyle Robbins, McKinney, Texas – 68-71-70–209
Jackson Ogle, Edmond, Okla. – 67-72-70–209
Eli Armstrong (A), Edmond , Okla. – 67-72-71–210
Brad Gehl, Carmel, Ind. – 69-69-72–210
Brian Dwyer, Southlake, Texas – 72-65-73–210
Tyler Sheppard, Fort Worth, Texas – 68-66-76–210
Shawn Jasper, Marthasville, Mo. – 74-68-69–211
Matthew Mabrey (A), Little Rock, Ark. – 70-72-69–211
Christopher Worrell, Jenks, Okla. – 72-70-69–211
Garrett Driver, Humble, Texas – 70-70-71–211
Rocky Walcher, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 71-69-71–211
Andre Tourinho (A), Tulsa, Okla. – 73-68-71–212
Jordan Russell, Bryan, Texas – 69-72-71–212
Alex Carpenter, Dallas, Texas – 69-71-72–212
James Marchesani (A), Oklahoma City , Okla. – 73-65-74–212
Blake Trimble, Houston, Texas – 71-71-71–213
Mark Stevens, Concord, N.H. – 71-70-72–213
Stetson McMillan, Nacogdoches, Texas – 70-71-72–213
Zechariah Potter, Andover, Kan. – 71-70-72–213
Matthew Cheung (A), Oklahoma City, Okla. – 71-69-73–213
Dillon Rust, Edmond, Okla. – 70-69-74–213
Greg Mason, Jenks, Okla. – 71-67-75–213
Nathan Anderson, Arlington, Texas – 75-63-75–213
Liam Logan, Baton Rouge, La. – 68-69-76–213
Nathaniel James, Fort Worth, Texas – 70-73-71–214
Andrew Green, Edmond, Okla. – 73-68-73–214
Cole Wiederkehr (A), Tulsa, Okla. – 76-67-72–215
Britt Pavelonis, Harrisburg, Ill. – 70-71-74–215
Sebastian Smith (A), Tulsa, Okla. – 74-69-73–216
Paul McConnell, Plano, Texas – 74-69-73–216
Ben Klaus, Edmond, Okla. – 70-70-76–216
Colton Staggs (A), Tulsa, Okla. – 71-72-74–217
Austen Fuller (A), Edmond, Okla. – 72-69-76–217
Anthony Marchesani (A), Oklahoma City, Okla. – 71-69-77–217
Brad Whalen, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 70-72-76–218
Chris Brant, Edwardsville, Ill. – 72-71-77–220
Phillip Bryan, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 70-73-78–221
Joey Rippel, Sugar Land, Texas – 69-71-81–221