A PGA Junior League all-star team from the Tulsa area pulled out a miracle comeback to earn a draw with Missouri which gave the team the overall victory in a four-team round-robin format and a berth in the national championship Nov. 5-8 at Walt Disney World.
The Oklahoma team had already defeated an all-star team from Austin, Texas, and one from Colorado in matches held Saturday and Sunday at The Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow. However it trailed Missouri in the final three matches, which are scored one point for each three-hole segment in a nine-hole match, with the teams being two-persons playing in a scramble format.
If Missouri earned even a half point in the final three matches, it would have sent the Austin team to the finals in the round robin tournament.
In the first of the final three matches, Will Sides nearly chipped in on the final hole to give the Oklahoma team a point. In the next match, Will Hennessee made a birdie to earn a second point. On the final match, the team of Traden Karch and Jenni Roller made par while their Missouri counterparts bogeyed the hole to earn the final decisive point.
The Oklahoma team consists of all-stars from the teams at South Lakes GC, Southern Hills CC, The Patriot GC and the Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club. Broken Arrow Director of Golf Pete Chimarys is the head coach.
"It was more exciting than the Solheim Cup yesterday," Chimarys said. "They all knew what was at stake and played great down the stretch. They are all thrilled to be going to Disney World."
The Oklahoma All-Stars will be one of eight teams from around the country competing for the national championship in Florida. The first match will be Nov. 6 at The Disney Palm Course. Teams will stay at the Disney All Star Sports Resort.
Prior to this weekend, the Oklahoma squad had to beat another all-star team of Oklahomans, then teams from Wichita, Fayetteville and Little Rock just to make it to the regional. In the Saturday match against a strong team from Austin, Karch chipped in on the final hole to give Oklahoma the narrow victory, a shot that set up the Sunday heroics against Missouri.
PGA Junior League Regional Results
First place: Oklahoma
Second place: Texas
Third place: Missouri
Fourth place: Colorado