Lewis’ triumph, Gupta’s near miss among compelling weekend performances

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It was another compelling weekend of golf for many golfers with Oklahoma ties.

Congratulations to Stacy Lewis, who persevered through brutally slow play by her two playing partners to win the Ladies Scottish Open. Lewis, who has numerous ties to Tulsa and of course played collegiate golf at Arkansas, spoke out about the slow play issue following her third and fourth rounds.

Notable in that event. Former Oklahoma junior phenom Yujeong Son made her first cut on the LPGA Tour, tying for 33rd at 4-over after closing with a 69. She made $8,791 and will play in this week’s Women’s Open Championship before playing in the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship the following week.

• Kudos to Oklahoma State University’s Aman Gupta on his performance at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes. He made a stirring semifinals comeback Saturday against eventual champion Tyler Strafaci before taking three shots to extricate himself from a fairway bunker on the par-5 18th hole.

• The Korn Ferry Tour remains a fertile proving ground for a great number of young pros with Oklahoma ties. In this past weekend’s Albertson Boise Open, seven of the top 50 spots went to players from Oklahoma.

Charlie Saxon of Tulsa and OU, who was on top after 36 holes, finished in a tie for sixth. Grant Hirschman of OU tied for 11th and Max McGreevy of Edmond and OU tied for 23rd.  Tag Ridings, who grew up in Tulsa, tied for 40th, Kevin Doughtery of OSU tied for 44th, Josh Creel of Edmond tied for 48th along with Tyrone Van Aswegan of Oklahoma City University.

On the PGA Tour, Talor Gooch of Midwest City and OSU was tied for the lead after 36 holes of the Wyndham Championship and finished tied for 25th at 12-under. He will begin his run in the Fed-Ex Cup playoffs this week at No. 62 in the standings. Other players with state ties and their rankings are Abraham Ancer (13), Viktor Hovland (28), Matthew Wolff (34), Charles Howell III (64) and Rickie Fowler (88).

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