Oklahoma has a long golfing history and culture. Ever since the Guthrie Country Club hosted the first game of golf in Oklahoma in May 1900, the state has seen various prestigious tournaments year after year. Fortunately, this tradition has continued to the present day.
The PGA Championship was held at Southern Hills in 2022. Next outside events on the schedule are the 2024 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, also at Southern Hills, and the 2027 U.S. Senior Open, which is at Oak Tree National in Edmond.
LIV Golf made its Oklahoma debut in 2023 with a stop at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow. It is unknown as yet if LIV will be back in 2024.
Also, the Korn Ferry Tour debuted a stop in Oklahoma in 2023 and The Compliance Solutions Championship returns in June at the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course.
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Here are the two professional events certain to happen in the state in 2024 while waiting on LIV to finalize its schedule.
1 – Oklahoma Open
The Oklahoma Open Championship has been around for over a century – ever since 1910, when it was first won by William Nichols. For the past four decades, the tourney has been played on the Oak Tree CC course in the city of Edmund. The tournament typically takes place in mid-August, with the qualifiers happening a week earlier.
The tournament is open to amateurs and professionals alike, and you can register for it through the Oklahoma Golf Association’s website. The entry fee varies for amateurs and professionals, but withdrawals are possible up to five days before the event begins. The 2023 event was won by former Oklahoma Sooner Blaine Hale by a shot over another former Sooner Max McGreevy, a former two-time champion.
4 – Compliance Solutions Championship
The Compliance Solutions Championship is part of the Korn Ferry Tour – a developmental tour for the broader PGA Tour. The Korn Ferry is meant for players who have not yet won enough FedEx Cup points to get into the PGA Tour or for those who have done so but have then failed to maintain their position in the PGA and need to climb up the ladder again.
The 2023 Compliance Solutions Championship was won by Jimmy Stanger, who won $180,000 of the total $1 million purse. He also earned 500 list points, which went to his tally for the PGA Tour. Stanger’s runner-ups were Rafael Campos and Nicholas Lindheim.
The dates for next year’s edition of the championship are already scheduled (June 17-23, 2024), and the tournament will be played at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma. As was the case in 2023, there will be sponsorship opportunities.