Former Jenks High School and Oklahoma State golfer Brendon Jelley held off recent Baylor graduate Colin Kober for a one-shot victory Saturday in the Supreme Lending Classic on the All Pro Tour at The Golf Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow.
Jelley shot a 2-under 68 in the final round to finish at 20-under while Kober closed with a 4-under 66 to finish at 19-under. Jelley collected a check of $24,500 in winning for the second time on the APT, and vaulted up the 2021 money list from outside the top 50 to fifth.
Jelley started the day with a three-shot lead on Kober, but after an opening bogey Kober birdied the next four holes. When Jelley hit a shot out-of-bounds on the eighth, leading to a double bogey, Jelley found himself trailing by one.
Jelley regained the lead with birdies on holes 10, 12 and 13, with birdie putts of 20 feet or longer on 10 and 13, After a poor drive on 14, he managed to save par, and perhaps the tournament, with an 18-foot par putt. After Kober made bogey on 15, Jelley had regained a two-shot lead with three holes to play,
Kober cut the deficit in half with a 25-foot birdie putt on 17 while Jelley missed a 7-footer. Then after both players drove it into a fairway bunker on 18 and left their second shots just short of the green, Jelley chipped it to 2 feet, forcing Kober to chip in for the tie.
“And he nearly did,” Jelley said. “He missed by about 6 inches. It was exciting. It’s never easy to win, but it’s great to grind it out this way, with a good test down the stretch. Hopefully now I’m finding the form I had last year and can continue to improve from here. I feel like my season is really just now getting started.”
Jelley took command of this tournament with a second-round 60. Though he finished at 20-under, that score would have equated to 28-under in the past, as two of the course’s par-5s were converted to long par-4s for the APT event.
“I was really driving it well that round and gave myself a lot of short wedges,” Jelley said. “Today I had to face some more adversity, but it’s satisfying to get the job done.”
Jelley will spend Father’s Day celebrating with his father Steve and family at their home in Tulsa and then get prepared to play in the next APT event Wednesday in Bella Vista, Ark.
Photos by Bill Powell