Perry wins OGA Senior Stroke Play in playoff

By Scott Wright

OKLAHOMA CITY — Doug Perry plays frequently in the Oklahoma Golf Association senior championships every year, but he had never walked away with the big trophy.

Starting Tuesday’s second round of the OGA Senior Stroke Play Championship five shots back in fourth place, he didn’t expect Tuesday to be the day for his first win, either.

However, with a two-putt par on the first playoff hole, the 60-year-old Perry topped two-time defending champion James Reid for the title at Quail Creek Country Club.

"I feel real fortunate to win this tournament," Perry said. "These guys put on a first-class tournament and there’s an awful lot of good players in it. To come out on top is very satisfying."

Reid had to make a par save from the bunker on the 18th hole to match Perry’s two-round total of 147 (75-72) and force extra holes. Yet the playoff was nearly over as soon as it started.

Reid, who has won 10 total OGA events, hooked his tee shot on the No. 1 hole far left into the trees, and near the out-of-bounds stakes. His second and third shots hit trees, while Perry knocked his second shot inside of 15 feet, leaving him with an easy two-putt for the win.

"I had some idea where I stood, and I was proud to be able to execute when I knew the tournament was kind of on the line," said Perry, a member of Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. "This is probably one of the highlights of my golfing career."

The Super Senior Championship also needed an extra hole to be decided, with Ronny Roberts defeating John Reese on the opening hole of the playoff.

Roberts faced all sorts of adversity over the closing holes to finish off the win. He had a three-putt and a lip-out for back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 before a birdie on 18 to get into the playoff.

His tee shot on the first playoff hole, No. 10, hit a tree, but he was able to run his second shot onto the green. Reese’s tee shot was ideally placed down the left side of the fairway, but his short-iron shot to the green got away from him and skipped into the water behind the green on the right.

Roberts two-putted for par and his first OGA victory.

"I pulled the tee shot to start the playoff, but at least I had a shot at the green," said Roberts, 62, of Edmond. "I was quite a ways out, but I managed to get it on the green.

"I’ve come close in some OGA events before, but I’ve never been able to finish one off. Something always goes wrong somewhere in there."

Paul Dickson, playing in the Super Senior division, carded the low round of the tournament for any age group, recording eight birdies on his way to a 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday. He finished third, one shot behind Roberts and Reese.

Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior & Super Senior Stroke Play Championship
July 13-14, 2015
Quail Creek Golf & Country Club
Final Results

Senior Stroke Play
Doug Perry, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 75-72–147 (won playoff)
James Reid, Edmond, Okla. – 73-74–147
Terry Collier, Bixby, Okla. – 78-73–151
Devon Sauzek, Edmond, Oklahoma – 70-81–151
Kirk Wright, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 78-74–152
Michael Koljack, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 77-75–152
Don Clark, Shawnee, Okla. – 78-74–152
Bradley Kropp, Edmond, Okla. – 76-76–152
Kermit Frank, Edmond, Okla. – 74-78–152
Tom Nielsen, Edmond, Okla. – 81-74–155
Kelly Clark, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 77-78–155
Ricky Cavener, Owasso, Oklahoma – 77-79–156
Bruce Renfroe, Norman, Okla. – 82-75–157
Shawn Barker, Bartlesville, Okla. – 79-78–157
John Carver, Okla City, Okla. – 81-77–158
Don Click, Okc, Okla. – 81-78–159
Craig Ruiz, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 89-75–164
Brent Taylor, Bartlesville, Okla. – 81-86–167
Steve Jantz, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 85-83–168
Gary Swann, Yukon, Okla. – 84-88–172
Joseph Nerone Jr, Tulsa, Okla. – 92-88–180

Super Senior Stroke Play
Ronny Roberts, Arcadia, Okla. – 72-76–148 (won playoff)
John Reese, Norman, Okla. – 73-75–148
Paul Dickson, Del City, Okla. – 81-68–149
Don Cooke, Edmond, Okla. – 75-76–151
David Delana, El Reno, oklahoma – 77-75–152
Windy Miller, Yukon, Okla. – 75-77–152
Randy Robinson, Midwest City, Okla. – 74-78–152
Gary Bonner, Norman, Okla. – 78-75–153
Keith McKinnon, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 77-78–155
Jack Steinmeyer, Tulsa, Okla. – 77-79–156
Jim Wetzel, Edmond, Okla. – 81-76–157
Steve Felton, El Reno, oklahoma – 74-83–157
Bob Tate, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 80-78–158
Allen Dukes, Moore, Oklahoma  – 82-79–161
James Callison, Owasso, Okla. – 85-80–165
Greg Stephens, Mustang, Okla. – 84-82–166
Frank Schield, Norman, Oklahoma – 84-83–167
Doug Randall, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 84-86–170
Paul Thomas, Enid, Okla. – 96-81–177
Paul Malloy, Nichols Hills, Oklahoma – 81-NS–NS

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