A windy USGA qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur held at Jimmie Austin Golf Club

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TULSA, Okla. – The Jimmie Austin Golf Club hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier Tuesday.   The championship is scheduled for July 22 to 27 at the Martis Camp Club in Truckee, California.

The tournament will bring together 156 of the best juniors from across the United States and around the world to compete over two rounds of 18-hole stroke play and six levels of match play elimination to determine a champion. The USGA accepted 2,860 entries for this year’s championship; sectional qualifying tournaments, which started June 10th and will go through July 2nd at 61 sites across the United States.  The field will winnow down to 156 players who will come to Truckee next month.

Thirty-three boys competed for two positions and two alternate spots while twenty-eight girls simultaneously competed for four spots with two alternate positions.

Edmond North’s Nick Heinen finished two strokes in front with rounds of 72 and 77 obtaining his spot in the tournament.  Tyson Reeder, also from Edmond North, qualified with rounds of 74 and 77.  Reeder beat out Nathan Jeansonne (79-73) from Keithville, La. to secure the win.

Thomas Johnson, of Norman North, won the second alternate in two rounds of 76.  He was one stroke in front of teammate Thomas Ludwig (80-73) and Edmond North’s Hayden Wood (76-77).

For the girls, Courtney Dow of Frisco, TX won top honors with a round of 74.  Other qualifiers from Frisco as well were Hailee Cooper (74) and Kenzie Wright (77) along with Lauren Gros from Windermere, Florida.

Kaitlin Milligan from Norman, and Rylee Pedigo from Ft. Worth both had 79s and earned alternate positions.

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