University of Tulsa golf coach Annie Young is proving she’s still got game, as is one of her top team members.
Young , a former All-America player at Oklahoma State where she starred from 2001-05 before later coaching the Cowgirls for three highly successful seasons, rolled through two collegiate challengers Tuesday in the 102nd Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow.
Young, who was hired by TU in June of 2018 to turn around the fortunes of the moribund women’s golf program, defeated Lauren Behnken of Tulsa 5 and 4 in the opening round, then stormed past Emma Shelly of Bartlesville 6 and 4 in the afternoon to move into the quarterfinals Wednesday morning.
She’ll play another golfer with OSU connections. Faith Hopkins of Bartlesville began her collegiate career at OSU but this summer transferred to Missouri State. Hopkins defeated Brooklyn Bostick of Duncan 1 up and Joise Patterson of Chandler 2 and 1.
On the other side of the bracket, one of Young’s top players at Tulsa is also moving ahead. Taylor Dobson of Broken Arrow, who was low qualifier and the only player to shoot under par Monday with a 70, rolled past Dana Hurley of Tulsa 7 and 6 before edging Madison O’Dell of Owasso 1 up.
Last year’s runnerup ShaeBug Scarberry of Purcell, who played her freshman season at Tulsa before transferring to Troy, coached by former TU coach Randy Keck, won a well-played morning match against Reagan Chaney of Ardmore 1 up, but then ran into a steam roller in the afternoon in the form of Faith Belmear of Owasso, who defeated her 4 and 2.
Sydney Hermann of Ponca City and Dalton State College may also be one to reckon with. She defeated Hannah Torres of Oklahoma City 3 and 2 and Kaylee Peterson of Enid 5 and 4.
Rachel Eckert of Bixby and Oklahoma City University kept the family hopes for a state title alive with victories over OCU teammate Blayne Barker of Durant 2 and 1 and Alyssa Wilson of Yukon and Oklahoma Christian 1 up in 20 holes. Eckert’s brother T.J. played in the OGA State Amateur at the Patriot in Owasso Tuesday but lost in the first round.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Wednesday with the finals Thursday morning.
Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association
102nd State Amateur Championship
The Golf Club of Oklahoma
First Round Match Play – July 21 Morning
Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow def. Dana Hurley, Tulsa 7 and 6; Madison O’Dell, Owasso def. Kailey Collier, Broken Arrow 5 and 3; Faith Belmear, Owasso def. Bailey Blake, Oklahoma City 5 and 4; ShaeBug Scarberry, Purcell def. Reagan Chaney, Ardmore 1 Up 19 holes; Hayden Meiser, Norman def. Taylor Towers, Owasso 1 Up 19 holes; Rebecca Davis, Broken Arrow def. Natalie Gough, Bixby 1 Up; Kaylee Petersen, Enid def. Faith Stewart, Edmond 3 and 2; Sydney Hermann, Ponca City def. Hannah Torres, Oklahoma City 3 and 2; Faith Hopkins, Bartlesville def. Brooklyn Bostick, Duncan 1 Up; Josie Patterson, Chandler def. Sara Armstrong, Guthrie 6 and 4; Annie Young, Owasso def. Lauren Behnken, Tulsa 5 and 4; Emma Shelly, Bartlesville def. Jaiden Gregston, Duncan 5 and 4; Janet Miller, Catoosa def. Madison Smith, Moore 3 and 1; Jaime Gustin, Shawnee def. Olivia Coit, Edmond 1 Up; Rachel Eckert, Bixby def Blayne Barker, Durant 2 and 1; Alyssa Wilson, Yukon def. Marna Raburn, Broken Arrow 4 and 3.
Second Round Match Play – July 21 Afternoon
Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow def. Madison O’Dell, Owasso 1 Up; Faith Belmear, Owasso def. ShaeBug Scarberry 4 and 2; Hayden Meiser, Norman def. Rebecca Davis, Broken Arrow 4 and 3; Sydney Hermann, Ponca City def. Kaylee Peterson Enid 5 and 4; Faith Hopkins, Bartlesville def. Josie Patterson, Chandler 2 and 1; Annie Young, Owasso def. Emma Shelly, Bartlesville 6 and 4; Janet Miller, Catoosa def. Jaime Gustin, Shawnee 6 and 4; Rachel Eckert, Bixby def. Alyssa Wilson, Yukon 1 Up Thru 20
Flights A-D First Round Match Play – July 21
Maisie Liddell, Ardmore def. Teresa DeLarzelere 1 Up 19 holes; Leigh Ann Fore, Tulsa def. Kelly Lewis, Shawnee 6 and 5; McKenzie McCoy, Okmulgee def. Ashlyn Acosta, Yukon 3 and 2; Kim Bell, Norman def. Chrissy Bagwell, Edmond 1 Up
Ann Cowan, Elk City def Laurie Campbell, Broken Arrow 6 and 5; Tammy Fairchild, Tulsa def. Connie Kelsey, Broken Arrow 8 and 7; Marsha Cooper, Tulsa def. Carolyn Martin, Stillwater 1 Up; Lien Alsup, Tulsa def. Letty Watt, Norman 4 and 3
Carolyn Mericle, Owasso def. Becky Masoner, Sand Springs 1 Up; Susan Ferguson, Edmond def. Kaye Hansen, Broken Arrow 2 and 1; Meghan Moore, Norman def. Julie Yeabower 5 and 3, Kathlyn Smith,Tulsa def. Leigh Veneziano, Lawton 1 UP
Andrea Lewis, Owasso – Bye; Bonnie Sparks, Lawton def. Rita Andersen, Tulsa 4 and 2; Cheryl Duff, Hobart def. Shirley Cooper, Walters 9 and 7; Linda Roggendorff, Broken Arrow def. Kay Graves, Morrison 5 and 4