Hughett survives long drive onslaught to win Dixie Senior Amateur, Nick takes fifth

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By Ken MacLeod

Michael Hughett of Owasso survived the onslaught of a pair of former Long Drive professionals as well as mental miscue of his own Sunday to win the Dixie Senior Amateur for the second time in three years.

Playing in the final group with Jerry Slagle of Southlake, Texas, and Art Sellinger of Roanoke, Texas, both former competitors in LDA events (Sellinger was a two-time champion and founder of both the Long Drivers Association and the Long Drive Championship), Hughett hit his own drives long and straight, closing with a 74 for 2-under total of 214 and a four-shot victory over Slagle.

Hughett had a two-shot lead before teeing off from the incorrect tee markers on the difficult par-4 13th hole at Eagle Trace Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. He used the tee set laid out for the Mid-Master Division instead of the Senior Division. For hitting three yards behind where he was supposed to, he was assessed a two-shot penalty, dropping him into a virtual tie with Slagle.

Hughett salvaged a double bogey on the hole, then, steamed at himself, birdied holes 14 and 15 to pull away. Slagle closed with a 76 to shoot 218. Sellinger shot rounds of 75-71-75 to finish alone in third at 221.

Hughett opened with rounds of 71-69 while Slagle shot 71-71, giving him a two-shot cushion going into the final round.

“I played really well this week,” Hughett said. “It’s seldom in these senior events that I’m the short hitter in the group, but they weren’t too far past me. On a typical drive Slagle was about 15 yards past me and Art 5 to 10. Art said he can hit if farther but there was really no need to on a 6,500-yard course.”

Jerry Nick of Okmulgee also competed in the event and tied for fifth after rounds of 77-75-74.

Hughett, one of the most decorated amateurs in Oklahoma golf history, had curtailed his national schedule over the fall as his 35-year-old son Matt has been undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments for a brain tumor. Matt is now living at the Hughett’s home in Owasso and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with his soaring medical costs.

“It’s the type of surgery where they can only get about 80 percent of the tumor without impacting the brain,” Hughett said. “So it’s been a rough deal.”

Dixie Senior Amateur

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2TXJerry SlagleSouthlake, TX40071-71-76=218
3TXArt SellingerRoanoke, TX30075-71-75=221
4FLMichael MercierJuno Beach, FL30073-74-76=223
T5AZBrad WaymentMesa, AZ30073-77-76=226
T5FLJimmy WeickFt. Lauderdale, FL30074-75-77=226
T5NCSteve SharpeGreensboro, NC30072-77-77=226
T5FLCory WalkerOrmond Beach, FL30075-75-76=226
T5OKJerry NickOkmulgee, OK30077-75-74=226
T5VARich BucknerGainesville, VA30076-75-75=226
T11VAKen WrenSuffolk, VA7575-74-78=227
T11CAGilbert AmthorBlythe, CA7581-72-74=227
13OHCraig StephensDublin, OH7579-72-77=228
14FLAlan LeFevreBoca Raton, FL7573-79-78=230
15LAGrady Brame, Sr.Hammond, LA7578-78-75=231
16KSDennis KeglovitsLeawood, KS5078-75-79=232
17WVTim MountHuntington, WV5076-75-82=233
18FLMichael HudakTequesta, FL5081-74-79=234
T19VAJohn LombardozziHerndon, VA5081-74-80=235
T19FLGregory DeWittNaples, FL5082-79-74=235
21FLKen KinkopfJupiter, FL080-75-81=236
T22FLAnthony RickBoca Raton, FL080-79-79=238
T22TXLarry CorsonDallas, TX078-80-80=238
24NJKurt KroeperMiddletown, NJ078-79-84=241
25NYBruce LevinsonFayetteville, NY087-76-79=242
26WIEric HjortnessWisconsin Rapids, WI085-81-80=246
T27FLKevin PowderlyNaples, FL086-77-85=248
T27FLMike FuentesFt. Lauderdale, FL089-80-79=248
29KSDavid UlrichWichita, KS081-81-88=250

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