Precise short game lifts Hudelson to OGA Mid-Amateur Championship victory

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Drive for show, chip and putt for dough, or in this case, the Oklahoma Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship.

Kyle Hudelson hit just seven greens in regulation in his opening round of 3-under 69, but got up-and-down from everywhere, took advantage of the par-5s to card four birdies and didn’t miss a putt inside 5 feet.

The former Oklahoma Christian golfer (2008-13) followed it up with an even-par 72 at Twin Hills Country Club Thursday to shoot 141, three shots clear of Tyler Trout of Oklahoma City (73-71) and four ahead of a trio that included Rhett Bolen of Edmond (73-72), Eric Fox of Weatherford (75-70) and Peter Vitali of Oklahoma City (74-71).

Hudelson, 31, is now a property and casualty specialist for NFP Property and Casualty of Oklahoma City. This was his fourth OGA event since returning from a three-year stint in San Francisco, and first state championship since his Deer Creek high school team won the state in 2007. He and Clark Collier made it to the final match of the 2017 USGA Four-Ball Championship.

“The course was playing tough with long rough and I didn’t hit it particularly well,” Hudelson said. “But my up-and-down game was really good. The fairways are tight and the greens are small, so I just stayed patient. I was able to take advantage of some of the par-5s (making birdies on 13 and 16 in both rounds) and that really helped me.”

After his short game wizardry on Wednesday, Hudelson chipped in twice Thursday, including on the difficult 18th hole. He knew he had a three-shot cushion to start the hole, but that was looking a bit perilous after flubbing his third shot before ending it with the chip-in.

“That was a fun way to cap it off,” he said while celebrating the victory with family and friends at his home course Gaillardia Country Club. “I just tried to keep everything in front of me today and didn’t have to do anything crazy.”

Oklahoma Golf Association
Mid-Amateur Championship
Twin Hills Golf & Country Club
September 4-5, 2019
Final Results

Kyle Hudelson, Edmond – 69-72–141
Tyler Trout, Oklahoma City – 73-71–144
Rhett Bolen, Edmond – 73-72–145
Eric Fox, Weatherford – 75-70–145
Peter Vitali, Oklahoma City – 74-71–145
Gerod Black, Edmond – 72-74–146
Blake Gibson, Yukon – 74-72–146
Dillon Jordan, Ardmore – 72-75–147
Jay Smith, Edmond – 72-75–147
Brandon Weeden, Edmond – 74-74–148
TJ Eckert, Bixby – 75-74–149
Blake Garland, Norman – 74-75–149
Michael Gotcher, Broken Arrow – 76-74–150
Austin Hannah, Jenks – 79-71–150
JR Hurley, Norman – 74-76–150
Greg Rushing, Norman – 71-80–151
Shawn Barker, Bartlesville – 76-76–152
Hunter Buwick, Tulsa – 74-78–152
Erik Haworth, Owasso – 78-74–152
Heath Myers, Kingfisher – 71-81–152
Brent Taylor, Bartlesville – 75-77–152
Max Showalter, Oklahoma City – 81-72–153
Brett Alcorn, Edmond – 76-78–154
Larry Johnston, Roff – 76-79–155
Sam Bass, Yukon – 80-76–156
Conner Johnson, Oklahoma City – 79-78–157
Chad Lawrence, Harrah – 80-78–158
Sky Rylant, Edmond – 83-76–159
Tyler Willey, Edmond – 82-79–161
Jake Bullard, Oklahoma City – 82-80–162
Larry Merrick, Edmond – 83-79–162
Jeff Richter, Edmond – 83-80–163
Joey Bray, Stigler – 79-86–165
Kyle Perman, Yukon – 81-85–166
Josh Sallee, Oklahoma City – 79-87–166
Richard Barnett, Tulsa – 89-79–168
Michael Koljack, Broken Arrow – 83-85–168
Stan Faudree, Tulsa – 86-84–170
Logan Marshall, Oklahoma City – 79-91–170
Timothy Lucas, Bixby – 81-90–171
Carson Parker, Oklahoma City – 81-91–172
Justin Roberts, Fitzhugh – 84-88–172
Thomas Stewart, Norman – 86-86–172
Jeffrey Lamb, Talala – 85-88–173
Joey Mogelnicki, Broken Arrow – 91-88–179
Joel Driver, Oklahoma City – 75-NC–NC

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