Cowan keeps shot at history alive at OGA State Amateur Championship

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Ryder Cowan of Edmond has a chance to be the first golfer in state history to win the OGA Junior Championship, OGA Stroke Play Championship and OGA State Amateur Championship in the same year. As was proven Monday during the first rounds of the 2023 OGA State Amateur Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, it’s not going to be easy.

Cowan survived a 21-hole ordeal against Cole Stephenson of Tulsa in the opening round, then had to shoot 4-under par in the afternoon to edge Luke Phillips of Edmond 2 and 1 in the afternoon.

Waiting in the third round at 9 a.m. Tuesday is one of the field of 64’s top players in William Sides of Tulsa. The former top-ranked junior in the state who now plays for Southern Methodist blew out his two opponents on his home course, romping past Gabrial DeCasas of Luther 6 and 5 and then downing Kyle Hudelson of Edmond 5 and 4.

If he were to prevail in this event, Cowan, who will be playing for Ryan Hybl’s Oklahoma Sooners in the fall, would be the first man since Joe Nick in 1992 to win the OGA Stroke Play and Match Play championships in the same year. Cowan won the OGA Stroke Play Championship at The Territory in Norman and the OGA Junior Championship at Lincoln Park in Oklahoma City, sweeping both the stroke play and match play championships at that event.

Defending champion Ian Davis of Edmond advanced handily with victories over Matthew Herring of Sand Springs 5 and 4 and Greg Mason of Jenks 4 and 3. Stephen Carney, the 2012 champion when the event was also at Southern Hills, knocked off Oklahoma State golfer Jordan Wilson of Edmond 2 up in the morning then advanced with a 3 and 2 victory over Jeremy Tandoy of Broken Arrow.

Oklahoma Golf Association
111th State Amateur Championship
July 10-12, 2023
Southern Hills Country Club
Match Results

Rd of 64
Ian Davis, Oklahoma City def, Matthew Herring, Sand Springs 5 and 3
Greg Mason, Jenks, def. Charlie Bentley, Edmond 6 and 5
Eric Schuessler, Stillwater def. Dawson Dunlap, Arcadia 3 and 1
Ryan Grim, Tulsa, def. Aden Schmidt, Elk City 5 and 4
Davis Woodliff, Tulsa def. Said Powers, Edmond 5 and 4
Austin Hannah, Tulsa, def. Jason Wood, Oklahoma City 1 up
James Parsons, Jenks, def. Harley Abrams, Tulsa 3 and 1
Luke Morgan, Guthrie, def. Taylor Wallner, Oklahoma City 5 and 4
Dylan Teeter, Bixby def. Cooper Williamson, Tulsa 6 and 5
Benton Manly, Tulsa def. Trey Wilson, Tulsa 1 up
Ty Hyatt, Stillwater, def. Blake Lorenz, Norman 2 up
Charlie Jackson, Norman def. Rob Laird, Broken Arrow 2 up
William McDonald, Oklahoma City def. Tim Simmons, Bixby 6 and 4
Phillip Bryan, Mustang def. Delbert Brooks, Tulsa 3 and 2
Travis Warner, Tulsa def. Drew Mabrey, Tulsa 4 and 3
Dustin Wigington, Oklahoma City def. Conner Cryer, Tipton 2 and 1
Jacob Prentice, Edmond def. James Roller, Jenks 3 and 2
Caleb Smith, Blanchard, def. Jackson Magness, Oklahoma City 4 and 3
Ryan Bell, Norman, def. Emerson Majma, Edmond 21 holes
Brian Birchell, Oklahoma City def. Roger Smith, Oklahoma City 1 up
Mesa Falleur, Muskogee def. Ryan Roberts, Edmond 19 holes
Baylor Bostick, Duncan def. Kale Flinton, Edmond 6 and 4
Ben Klaus, Nichols Hills, def. C.J. Phillips, Edmond 3 and 1
Christopher Laughlin, Edmond def. Mike Gotcher, Broken Arrow 2 and 1
Ryder Cowan, Edmond def. Cole Stephenson, Tulsa 21 holes
Luke Phillips, Edmond def. Mike Hearne, Yukon 19 holes
William Sides, Tulsa def. Gabriel DeCasas, Luther 6 and 5
Kyle Hudelson, Edmond, def. Benjamin Stoller, Owasso 4 and 3
Jeremy Tandoy, Broken Arrow def. Ross Gilbert, Oklahoma City 1 up
Stephen Carney, Broken Arrow, def. Jordan Wilson, Edmond 2 up
Matthew Rison, Oklahoma City, def. Charles Van Etten, Moore 1 up
Christian Johnson, Oklahoma City def. Trevor Rose, Ada 7 and 6

Rd of 32
Davis def Mason 4 and 3
Grimm def. Schuessler, 7 and 5
Woodliff def. Hannah 19 holes
Morgan def. Parsons, 4 and 2
Teeter def. Manly 4 and 2
Jackson def. Hyatt 2 up
McDonald def. Bryan 1 up
Wigington def. Warner 2 up
Smith def. Prentice 2 and 1
Bell def. Birchell 2 up
Falleur def. Bostick 20 holes
Klaus, Nichols def. Laughlin 5 and 4
Cowan def. Phillips 2 and 1
Sides def. Hudelson 5 and 4
Carney def. Tandoy 3 and 2
Johnson def. Rison 4 and 2


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