What a week it was and will be in Oklahoma golf.
First, congratulations to the contestants in the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Yejeong Son of Norman advanced to the semifinals before losing to now two-time champion Eun Jeong Seong of Korea. Kaitlin Milligan of Norman also competed in that event, while on the boys side Austin Eckroat of Edmond made it to the third round and Lane Wallace of Yukon also made the field.
Next up on the national stage are the men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Championships and again Oklahomans will be in contention.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is Aug. 1-7 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Included in the field will be Milligan, who shot a 68 to best the field in a qualifier in Fort Collins, Colo., and University of Oklahoma signee Sydney Youngblood of Durant, who this year won her fourth consecutive Class 5A state championship.
Youngblood got in as an alternate from the Lawrence, Kan., qualifier. Also in the field is OU golfer Valerie Tanquay and Oklahoma State golfer Maddie McCrary.
On the men’s side, Brendon Jelley of Tulsa and Oklahoma State, Brad Dalke of Hobart and OU and Grant Hirschman of Memphis and OU all advanced through the qualifier last week at The Trails Golf Club in Norman. Conrad Walcher of Oklahoma City made it through a qualifier in Memphis. The 2016 U.S. Amateur will be Aug. 15-21 at history Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.
The good news there is that leaves Jelley free to go for his third consecutive Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship, which starts Monday and concludes Wednesday at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Come out and support the 64 talented players who have advanced to the match play portion this year. The last player to win three consecutively was James A. Kennedy, who won four consecutive from 1920-23.
Here is a link to the bracket. Note that Jelley could potentially face younger brother Garrett Jelley in the second round.
Also going for her third consecutive state amateur title this week will be Son, as the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association conducts its championship Tuesday through Friday at The Patriot in Owasso. With Milligan and Youngblood headed for Springfield, it may be up to college golfers such as Alexis Sadeghy of OSU, who won the WOGA Stroke Play championship earlier this summer, to give Son a challenge. Other top players in the field include Nadia Majidizadeh of Tulsa, last year’s runnerup Megan Blonien, Baylee Price of Northeastern State, Grace Shin of UCO, Katie Lee Wilson, Emma Allen, Anna Mikish, Kailey Campbell and Caroline Goodin of Oklahoma City University, among others.
Check back here and on our Facebook page often this week for coverage of both events. The OGA will also offer live scoring of the semifinals and finals on www.okgolf.org.
Below are the pairings for the qualifying round of the WOGA State Amateur Championship. Only the top 16 will make it into the Championship Flight and be eligible for the overall title.