By Ken MacLeod
NORMAN – Hayden Wood reeled off three back-nine birdies in succession to overtake future Oklahoma State teammate Brendon Jelley and win the Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at The Trails Golf Club.
Wood, with father and Champions Tour golfer Willie Wood lugging his bag, birdied holes 13, 14 and 15 in succession, all from inside of eight feet, en route to a final round of 4-under 66 that put him at 3-under 287 for the 54-hole event.
Jelley, the Jenks golfer who will be a freshman at OSU later this month, was the 36-hole leader and led for much of the back nine. He was unaware of Wood’s furious finish in front of him, but knew he had a one-shot lead over James Marchesani, his playing partner from Oklahoma City University.
Jelley, after missing several makable birdie putts on the back nine that could have extended his lead, hit a 5-iron from 205 yards out on the 18th hole left and long, leaving himself about 55 feet to two-putt for a tie and a playoff. His first putt rolled about 18 feet past the hole and he missed the putt coming back to drop into a second-place tie with Marchesani at 2-under.
"I drove the ball well, hit my approaches well and just couldn’t make a putt all day," Jelley said. "Give credit to Hayden, he played a great final round."
Wood, who will be a senior at Edmond North this fall, added this title to consecutive OGA Junior State Amateur Championships he’s won the past two years at Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond.
"This one really means a lot because of the strong field and because most of the events going forward will be stroke play events," Wood said.
After a 73 in the second round Tuesday left him trailing Jelley by four shots, Wood figured it would take a 65 in the final round to win. He started with a bogey on the first hole, but righted the ship immediately with birdies on the second and third holes. He erased another bogey on seven with a birdie on the ninth to make the turn at 1-under.
Max McGreevy, the two-time Class 6A high school champion from Edmond Santa Fe bound for the University of Oklahoma this fall, closed with a 67 to take fourth place at 1-under. Scott Verplank, followed by his father of the same name and PGA Tour fame, tied for fifth with Sam Lee of Stillwater and Austen Fuller of Edmond and Anthony Marchesani of OCU. The Marchesani brothers, who hail from Australia, along with Verplank, gave OCU three of those tied for fifth or better, an indication of the strength of Kyle Blaser’s NAIA champions.
“James had some good puts that didn’t fall in,” Blaser said. “It was great to have OCU golfers finish well in the state amateur. I sure enjoyed watching the past three days."
There is no Champions Tour event this week which gave the elder Wood the opportunity to caddie for his son. He said the two were able to talk over some shots, but mostly the proud father just watched his son get the job done with a closing flourish.
"It’s really neat to watch," Willie Wood said. "He hit it well and made some great putts."
Oklahoma Golf Association
Stroke Play Championship
August 5-7, 2013
The Trails Golf Club
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. – 68-73-66–207
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. – 68-69-71–208
James Marchesani, Oklahoma City , Okla. – 71-67-70–208
Max McGreevy, Edmond, Okla. – 71-71-67–209
Scott Verplank, Edmond, Okla. – 68-70-72–210
Sam Lee, Stillwater, Oklahoma – 69-70-71–210
Austen Fuller, Edmond, Okla. – 73-69-68–210
Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 73-67-70–210
Michael Gotcher, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 73-70-68–211
Jeff Tyrrell, Duncan, Okla. – 73-67-71–211
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 71-70-70–211
Colton Staggs, Tulsa, Okla. – 70-75-67–212
Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla. – 76-67-70–213
Drew Dorsey, Edmond, Okla. – 75-69-70–214
Jackson Stuteville, Durant, Okla. – 73-69-72–214
Clark Collier, Edmond, Okla. – 72-73-70–215
Glenn Payne, Ardmore, Okla. – 73-72-70–215
Eric Kline, Ponca City, Oklahoma – 72-72-71–215
Taylor Williams, Chickasha, Okla. – 72-75-69–216
Rustin Purser, Edmond, Okla. – 70-72-74–216
Will McDonald, Tulsa , Okla. – 72-74-71–217
Trent Mewbourn, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 75-70-74–219
Joel Driver, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 74-74-71–219
Joby Gray, Elk City, Okla. – 70-78-71–219
Caleb Meyers, Edmond, Okla. – 79-67-74–220
Cory Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 79-67-75–221
Taylor Lansford, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 73-73-75–221
Kyle Story, Edmond, Oklahoma – 73-75-75–223
Brady Richardson, Tulsa, Okla. – 73-74-76–223
Landon Morgan, Edmond, Okla. – 75-70-78–223
Asher Owen, Norman, Oklahoma – 77-71-77–225
Gavin Mastell, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 77-69-83–229
Tyson Reeder, Edmond, Okla. – 74-75
Chandler Rusk, Edmond, Okla. – 73-76
Blake Garland, Norman, Okla. – 75-74
Blake Barnhart, Norman, Oklahoma – 73-76
Chris Muriana, Stillwater, Okla. – 74-76
Brandon Strathe, Owasso, Okla. – 76-74
Conrad Walcher, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 76-74
Jeff Boyer, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 74-76
Preston Walker, Tulsa, Okla. – 77-73
Kelsey Cline, Norman, Okla. – 76-74
Eli Armstrong, Edmond, Okla. – 79-73
Matt Willingham, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 79-73
Jay Powers, Inola, Okla. – 78-75
Justin Strathe, Owasso, Okla. – 76-78
Brandon Nicholson, Edmond , Okla. – 78-76
Ty Tamura, Edmond, Okla. – 76-78
Matt Ramage, Oklahoma City , Oklahoma – 81-73
Tyler Hall, Okc, Okla. – 74-81
Aaron Davis, Tulsa, Okla. – 76-80
Michael Hampton, Edmond, Okla. – 74-82
Michael Million, McAlester, Okla. – 74-82
Cameron Hamilton, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma – 80-77
Luke Flesner, Choctaw, Okla. – 83-75
Bryson Ridley, Weatherford, Okla. – 72-86
Aaron Engel, Edmond, Okla. – 81-77
Randy Brown, Yukon, Okla. – 78-80
Cameron Van Etten, Moore, Oklahoma – 84-75
Blake Baber, Bixby, Oklahoma – 84-75
Cody Rozell, Norman , Oklahoma – 81-78
Max Showalter, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 82-78
Clint Burley, Stillwater, Oklahoma – 80-80
Landon Strunk, Yukon, Okla. – 82-84
John Wright III, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 84-83
Brent Robison, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 83-86
Brandon Tyler, Lawton, Oklahoma – 83-89
John Kang, Enid, Okla. – 91-94
Tyler Hargus, Shawnee, Oklahoma – 77-NS
Jesse White, Edmond, Oklahoma – 85-WD
Arjun Reddy, Tulsa, Okla. – NS
Ryan Stults, Luther, Okla. – NS
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