EDMOND – Hayden Wood became the first repeat champion in the Oklahoma Golf Association State Junior Championship since Jeff McMillian in 1975-76 with a 3 and 2 victory over Quade Cummins of Weatherford Thursday at Kickingbird Golf Course.
Wood, a two-time state champion at Edmond North who has verbally committed to Oklahoma State, pulled away late in the match with OSU coach Mike McGraw among the 50 or so spectators.
"It feels great to win and to repeat," said Wood, whose father Willie Wood was in a Champions Tour event and unable to watch his son do what only two golfers in OGA history have accomplished.
Cummins, a powerful junior-to-be at Weatherford, had won the stroke play portion of this event in 2011 and 2012 and finished second by two shots this year to Casey Paul of Owasso. He was conceded a short birdie putt on the par-5 12th hole to pull even with Wood and made a nice recovery on the par-4 13th to keep the match all square. But bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 15 turned the match quickly back in Wood’s favor.
"I thought it was going to be a good match after 12, but I just started hitting it all over the place," Cummins said.
Wood had lost an early two-hole lead despite excellent ballstriking, three-putting the seventh hole for bogey and missing short birdie putts on holes 9, 11 and 13 while also making a mess of the 12th. He made a key par-save on 14 that restored his confidence and played solid coming in.
"The speed on my putting was just a little bit off all week," he said.
Dustin Halsey of Piedmont edged Lane Wallace of Yukon in 20 holes in the championship match of the boys 14-15 division.
Girls joined in the fun in the OGA Junior Championship for the first time this year. Anna Mikish of Choctaw prevailed over Kailey Campbell of Oktaha 2 and 1 in a birdie fest. Mikish had five birdies on her card, including a short one to close it out on the 17th hole after she stuffed her approach shot from about 60 yards out. Campbell had three birdies of her own.
The happiest man watching that match was probably Oklahoma City University coach Marty McCauley, as both players have signed with OCU and will begin play in the fall. McCauley coached the Stars to the NAIA Championship this spring, but decided to shift the emphasis of the program from international players to Oklahoma juniors. Also in his recruiting class for next year are Caroline Goodin of Deer Creek, Katie-Lee Wilson of Owasso and Raegan Barnes of Choctaw.
McCauley said the recent emergence of girls junior golf in the state has allowed him to make that change and he sees it as a huge positive for his program.
"These girls know each other, they’ve been competing against each other and they are friends," he said. "We’ll be going with all Oklahoma kids from here out and I think we’ll be able to do well."
Oklahoma Golf Association
Junior Boys & Girls Championship
Kickingbird Golf Club
June 3-6, 2013
Semifinals and Finals
Match Play Results
Dustin Hasley, Piedmont, Oklahoma def. Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. 1 up
Lane Wallace, Yukon, Oklahoma def. Navid Majidi, Tulsa, Oklahoma 4 and 3
Dustin Hasley, Piedmont, Oklahoma def. Lane Wallace, Yukon, Oklahoma 20 holes
Match Play Results
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. def. Thomas Johnson, Norman, Okla. 3 and 2
Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla. def. Jacob Bishop, Edmond, Oklahoma 4 and 2
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. def. Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla. 3 and 2
Round — (Semifinal)
Anna Mikish, Choctaw , Oklahoma def. Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa, Okla. 4 and 2
Kailey Campbell, Oktaha, Okla. def. Alexis Sadeghy, Edmond, Okla. 19 holes
Anna Mikish, Choctaw , Oklahoma def. Kailey Campbell, Oktaha, Okla. 2 and 1