The Oklahoma Open will begin Thursday on the East Course at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond. Defending champion Zach James and 2020 champion Andrew Hudson of Fort Worth are paired together for the first round at 1:40 p.m. The 54-hole event concludes on Saturday with the winner receiving a $10,000 check. Spectators are free to walk and follow your favorite player.
The other past champions in the field are 2010 winner Rhein Gibson of Edmond and 2015 winner Josh Creel of Edmond. Gibson, the Australia native and graduate of Oklahoma Christian, is coming off a disappointing season on the Korn Ferry Tour in which he did not qualify for the KFT Finals. Creel just missed going to the KFT Finals after finishing 201 on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup standings during his rookie season on the PGA Tour. Nos. 126 to 200 are in the Finals, those higher will go to qualifying school this fall to try to earn full KFT status for 2023.
Gibson and Creel will be paired with former Oklahoma standout Logan McAllister of Edmond, who also played on the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour after earning status through PGA Tour University while in college at OU. McAllister made three cuts in eight events after leading OU to the NCAA semifinals. The trio tees off at 1:20 p.m.
Other entertaining pairings include the 1:30 group of former Sooner Brad Dalke of Edmond, former Arkansas Razorback Mason Overstreet of Kingfisher and former Oral Roberts star Cody Burrows of Broken Arrow at 1:10 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., former OSU golfer Zach Bauchou of Edmond, former Razorback Tyson Reeder of Edmond and former Sooner Blain Hale of Dallas are paired.