Helzer, Whittern are champs of Section’s Walter Hopper Tour Championship

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Photo: 16-18 Boys with Travis Hopper. Runner up Coby Riddle, Champ John Helzer and Player of the Year Weston Lacy & Acey Hopper.

John Helzer of Edmond and Haley Whittern of Piedmont were the overall winners of the PGA South Central Section’s Walter Hopper Tour Championship held Monday-Tuesday at the newly-renovated KickingBird Golf Course in Edmond.

It was the first time the tournament which concludes the PGA section’s summer junior tour was held since its namesake Walter Hopper, who built the tour and was a huge junior golf proponent, passed away in November of 2022. His sons Acey and Travis were on hand to pass out awards to the winners in various age groups.

Helzer shot a final round of 3-under 67 on the par-70 layout to finish at 2-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Cobey Riddle of Truman, Ark. Brock Jerman of Chickaha was third at even-par after rounds of 70-70.

Whittern opened with a 4-under 66 and closed with a 72 to run away with the girls title, winning by 19 shots over Kali Freymiller and Lana Bowen, both of Edmond, who tied for second at 17-over.

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Results of all age groups are below.

Walter Hopper Tour Championship

Jul 31 – Aug 1, 2023
KickingBird Golf Course, Edmond

Boys 16-18 Results

1. John Helzer, Edmond, OK, *71-67-138 -2
2. Cobey Riddle, Truman, AR, *69-70-139 -1
3. Brock Jerman, Chickasha, OK, *70-70-140 E
4. Blake Berry, Stillwater, OK, *69-72-141 +1
5. Bryson Parker, Turpin, OK, *73-70-143 +3
6. Samuel Bonaobra, Broken Arrow, OK, *72-73-145 +5
7. Blake Cathey, Edmond, OK, *71-76-147 +7
8. Cale Schultz, Edmond, OK, *74-74-148 +8
9. Bryce Cale, Edmond, OK, *77-73-150 +10
9. Coleton Calderon, Yukon, OK, *78-72-150 +10
11. Blake Bollenbach, Tulsa, OK, *76-75-151 +11
11. Wyatt Geissler, Yukon, OK, *76-75-151 +11
13. Luke Goodbary, Edmond, OK, *80-72-152 +12
13. Parker Fine, Tulsa, OK, *72-80-152 +12
13. Jack Lee, Edmond, OK, *74-78-152 +12
16. Gavin Ellis, Jonesboro, AR, *81-72-153 +13
16. Karston Rennie, Pauls Valley, OK, *78-75-153 +13
18. Weston Lacy, Stillwater, OK, *81-74-155 +15
18. Jackson Payne, Edmond, OK, *78-77-155 +15
20. Brady Spivey, Pea Ridge, AR, *84-72-156 +16
20. Taven Fentress, Mannford, OK, *81-75-156 +16
20. Mason Ward, Sand Springs, OK, *82-74-156 +16
20. Henry Bayles, Tulsa, OK, *78-78-156 +16
20. Dax Nimz, Piedmont, OK, *77-79-156 +16
25. Ian Wilcoxen, Tulsa, OK, *83-74-157 +17
25. Trey Bishop, Okc, OK, *83-74-157 +17
25. Gabe Jones, Enid, OK, *79-78-157 +17
25. Cayden Rosa-Berrios, Edmond, OK, *78-79-157 +17
25. Reid Williams, Woodward, OK, *76-81-157 +17
30. Landon Cummings, Piedmont, OK, *83-76-159 +19
31. Rhett Ritchie, Piedmont, OK, *85-76-161 +21
31. Brody Wilson, Owasso, OK, *81-80-161 +21
33. Devin Frey, Guthrie, OK, *84-78-162 +22
34. Braden Haines, Edmond, OK, *85-78-163 +23
34. Aiden Field, Oklahoma City, OK, *84-79-163 +23
34. Bryce Dunlap, Arcadia, OK, *78-85-163 +23
34. Jackson Summar, Broken Arrow, OK, *77-86-163 +23
38. Andrew David, Bethany, OK, *79-85-164 +24
39. JonJon Martens, Choctaw, OK, *81-85-166 +26
40. Braxton Turner, Tuttle, OK, *84-84-168 +28
41. Gunnar Elliott, Edmond, OK, *80-96-176 +36
42. Hank Hinkle, Guthrie, OK, *96-87-183 +43
43. Tripp Palmer, Piedmont, OK, *102-92-194 +54

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Mack Moore, Norman, OK, *
WD. AJ Strope, Tulsa, OK, *

Boys 12-13 

1. Jackson Lamb, Owasso, OK, *70-72-142 +2
2. Christopher Crawford, Oklahoma City, OK, *78-68-146 +6
3. Bradley Benton, Stuttgart, AR, *76-74-150 +10
4. Tru Brown, Tulsa, OK, *79-77-156 +16
5. Nathaniel Duthie, Oklahoma City, OK, *83-76-159 +19
6. Kian Thompson, Perry, OK, *85-76-161 +21
6. Toby Kim, Fayetteville, AR, *82-79-161 +21
6. Ben Pennington, Edmond, OK, *85-76-161 +21
6. Cale Higgins, Edmond, OK, *81-80-161 +21
10. Riggin Marks, Edmond, OK, *78-86-164 +24
11. Ethan Evans, Nichols Hills, OK, *87-78-165 +25
12. Levi Pottorf, Fayetteville, AR, *88-78-166 +26
13. GR Hiersche, Edmond, OK, *85-82-167 +27
14. Hudson Buchanan, Oklahoma City, OK, *100-93-193 +53

Boys 14-15

1. Grady Thompson, Edmond, OK, *72-66-138 -2
2. Jones Vrska, Owasso, OK, *66-74-140 E
2. Ty Neatherlin, Edmond, OK, *73-67-140 E
4. Owen Mitchel, Edmond, OK, *74-69-143 +3
5. Callahan Pappas, Tulsa, OK, *75-70-145 +5
6. Wyatt Farley, Owasso, OK, *74-72-146 +6
7. Tristan Parks, Stillwater, OK, *75-73-148 +8
8. Braxton Marshall, Piedmont, OK, *76-74-150 +10
9. Jett Cooper, Stroud, OK, *80-72-152 +12
9. Reed Higgins, Edmond, OK, *79-73-152 +12
11. Tead Woods, Shattuck, OK, *78-75-153 +13
11. Tate Dunlap, Claremore, OK, *76-77-153 +13
13. Ledger Green, Moore, OK, *79-75-154 +14
14. Grant Maher, Tuttle, OK, *78-77-155 +15
15. Boston Higgins, Tishomingo, OK, *81-77-158 +18
15. Mason Brown, Broken Arrow, OK, *78-80-158 +18
17. Canton Brown, Tulsa, OK, *81-80-161 +21
18. Carson Nance, Edmond, OK, *85-77-162 +22
18. Griffin Klingman, Edmond, OK., *84-78-162 +22
18. Carter Cook, Goldsby, OK, *84-78-162 +22
21. Hagen Sallee, Tishomingo, OK, *77-86-163 +23
22. Dawson Butler, Choctaw, OK, *84-82-166 +26
23. Lucas Schreiner, Tulsa, OK, *91-78-169 +29
24. JP Coffman, Tulsa, OK, *90-80-170 +30
25. Harper Nance, Edmond, OK, *94-87-181 +41

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Noah Regan, Rogers, AR, *

Boys 9-11 

1. Easton Swallow, Henryetta, Ok, *33-36-69 -1
2. Shawn Hardin, Gracemont, OK, *36-34-70 E
2. Greyson Perna, Bentonville, AR, *36-34-70 E
2. Brayden Sterling, Edmond, OK, *35-35-70 E
5. Charles McClure, Norman, OK, *35-40-75 +5
6. Carl-Drew Duerson, Bethany, OK, *37-40-77 +7
7. Luke Hollingsead, Armorel, AR, *42-40-82 +12
7. Noah Berg, Aline, OK, *37-45-82 +12
9. Owen Rust, Edmond, OK, *42-41-83 +13
10. Stefan Hattingh, Rogers, AR, *40-45-85 +15
11. Parker Hurst, Tulsa, OK, *45-48-93 +23

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Brooks Link, Edmond, OK, *

Girls 12-13
1. Mya Maguire, Edmond, OK, *38-45-83 +13
2. Addy Morrison, Hot Springs, AR, *41-43-84 +14
3. Sophia Kennedy, Edmond, OK, *42-43-85 +15
4. Marjorie Whitson, Norman, OK, *43-43-86 +16
5. Ashlyn Stringer, Edmond, OK, *46-51-97 +27

Girls 14-15 

1. Gabriella Gross, Oklahoma City, OK, *73-75-148 +8
2. Kelsey Han, Norman, OK, *81-78-159 +19
3. Kennedy Parker, Perkins, OK, *82-91-173 +33
4. Jackie Yanez, Little Rock, AR, *86-89-175 +35
5. Francie Dittamore, Tulsa, OK, *89-89-178 +38

WD. Kate Moore, Tulsa, OK, *

Girls 16-18

1. Haley Whittern, Piedmont, OK, *66-72-138 -2
2. Kali Freymiller, Edmond, OK, *81-76-157 +17
2. Lana Bowen, Edmond, *80-77-157 +17
4. Amanda Lane, Piedmont, OK, *77-82-159 +19
5. Lauren Dage, Edmond, OK, *86-78-164 +24
6. Katie Moore, Oklahoma City, OK, *83-88-171 +31
7. Brooklyn Bowman, Jenks, OK, *97-76-173 +33
7. Kayla Shaull, Turrell, AR, *85-88-173 +33
9. McCall Smith, Edmond, OK, *91-91-182 +42
10. Addy McAlister, Midwest City, OK, *94-89-183 +43
11. Shelby Ellis, Yukon, OK, *97-90-187 +47

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Raelynn Dodd, Newcastle, OK, *

Girls 9-11

1. Jasmine Stephens, Bentonville, AR, *43-41-84 +14
2. Lilia Whitson, Norman, OK, *44-43-87 +17
3. Sol Jiminian, Rogers, AR, *43-45-88 +18
4. Claire Cowan, Nichols Hills, OK, *49-44-93 +23

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