Gotcher edges Hughett in playoff for OGA Senior Championship

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Mike Gotcher of Broken Arrow drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to edge defending champion Mike Hughett of Owasso by a shot in the Oklahoma Golf Association Senior Stroke Play Championship Tuesday at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa.

Gotcher, the former PGA club professional who has been one of the state’s top amateurs for the better part of the last decade, let out a roar and fist pump when the putt dropped. He probably should have won in regulation, but three-putted the 18th hole for a double bogey that dropped him into a tie with Hughett at 1-over 143 after both shot even-par 71 in the second round.

Gotcher and Hughett started the final round tied with Todd Rafffensperger of Broken Arrow and were never separated by more than two shots. Gotcher came into the final hole 2-under for the round and Hughett was 1-under. Hughett made bogey and Gotcher had the double after missing a 10-foot par putt and a second short putt.

Both set aside their 18th hole difficulties as the playoff began and made two-putt pars on the first hole. Hughett, who was gunning for his record 25th OGA title, caught a tree on the tight par-4 second with his drive and the ball bounced backward some 50 yards. Gotcher also clipped a tree with his tee shot but caromed into the fairway. He hit a wedge to 25 feet and rolled that into the center to win his first OGA title.

Mike Gotcher

Blake Gibson of Yukon shot the only under-par round of the tournament with a 1-under 70 to jump into a third-place tie with Joel Driver of Oklahoma City(73-72). Raffesnperger closed with a 74 to claim fifth place at 4-over.

Defending Champion Tim Rogers of Broken Arrow came on strong on the back nine to claim his second consecutive Super Senior title for those 60 and over. He shot the only under-par score in that division with a 1-under 70 to finish at 2-over, a comfortable six shots ahead of Bruce Maddux of Ponca City (73-77).

Frank Billings of Tulsa and Arthur Bennett of Tulsa tied for third at 151.

__ Pat McTigue

Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior Stroke Play Championship
August 15-16, 2022
Meadowbrook Country Club
Final Results

Senior Stroke Play

Mike Gotcher, Broken Arrow – 72-71–143 (won playoff)
Michael Hughett, Owasso – 72-71–143
Joel Driver, Oklahoma City – 73-72–145
Blake Gibson, Yukon – 75-70–145
Todd Raffensperger, Broken Arrow – 72-74–146
Kirk Fryer, Tulsa – 75-73–148
Ron Roden, Oklahoma City – 76-73–149
Jason Gulley, Tulsa – 73-77–150
Don Clark, Shawnee – 74-77–151
Scott Mabrey, Tulsa – 75-77–152
Blake Bartholomew , Tulsa – 78-75–153
Scott Challis, Edmond – 74-80–154
Don Cochran, Norman – 78-76–154
Eric Evans, Ponca City – 79-75–154
Eric Gudgel, Stillwater – 74-80–154
Andrew Allen, Edmond – 79-77–156
Steve Steele, Edmond – 80-77–157
Roger Hobbs, Edmond – 79-79–158
Steve Jelley, Tulsa – 86-72–158
Chad Borin, Oklahoma City – 83-76–159
Sean Dolan, Broken Arrow – 81-78–159
Scott Athey, Enid – 78-82–160
Gordy Guest, Tulsa – 80-80–160
Mark Wallace, Edmond – 83-78–161
Ross Roberts , Springfield – 80-82–162
Joshua Walker, Tulsa – 85-78–163
Joby Wood, Tulsa – 83-81–164
Greg Hathaway, Tulsa – 82-83–165
Jeff Case, Norman – 85-83–168
Keith Tilghman, Edmond – 86-90–176
Darrell Dyson, Owasso – 76-NC–NC

Super Senior Stroke Play

Tim Rogers, Broken Arrow – 74-70–144
Bruce Maddux, Ponca City – 73-77–150
Art Bennett, Tulsa – 73-78–151
Frank Billings, Tulsa – 78-73–151
Terry Collier, Bixby – 76-76–152
Curt Howard, Bristow – 77-75–152
Craig Collins, Enid – 76-78–154
Orville Stephens, Okmulgee – 78-76–154
James Callison, Owasso – 79-79–158
Jerry Nick, Okmulgee – 78-80–158
Kevin Hutchens, Jenks – 79-80–159
Ken Kee, Tulsa – 80-81–161
Neil Oxford, Enid – 81-82–163
Jack Steinmeyer, Tulsa – 80-83–163
Gregory Strang, Edmond – 83-80–163
Thomas Thurm, Blanchard – 81-82–163
John Reese, Norman – 86-82–168
Craig Ruiz, Oklahoma City – 84-85–169
Robert Martella, Norman – 86-WD–WD
Brent Taylor, Bartlesville – 78-WD–WD

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