By Ken MacLeod
Heath Myers held off a blazing front-nine charge by Carson Tewell of Edmond with steady golf down the final perilous stretch at Oak Tree Country Club East Course Wednesday to win the Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship.
The 35-year-old businessman from Kingfisher is now holder of the Stroke Play and Mid-Amateur titles, having won the Mid-Am in 2018, and will try for a trifecta later this summer in the OGA State Amateur Championship.
Myers shot 2-under 68 in the final round for a 4-under 206 total, three shots ahead of Tewell, who closed with an even-par 70. Hunter Laughlin of Tulsa placed third at 211 after a closing 69 while William McDonald of Oklahoma City finished fourth at 213, aided by an ace on the par-3 17th hole.
Tewell reeled off five birdies on the opening nine to shoot 30 and climbed even with Myers who held the lead after both of the first two rounds. He went up by two shots when Myers pulled his second shot out-of-bounds on the par-5 12th hole and had to scramble to make double bogey, including a clutch 12-foot putt at the end.
The closing stretch at Oak Tree is fraught with danger, and Tewell, who recently completed a successful freshman year at Stetson, made a nifty par-save on 13 from about 12 feet, but then left his tee shot short and in the water on the par-3 14th hole. He made a long putt to save bogey there and his lead was down to one.
Tewell miss hit his drive on the par-4 15th, finding a fairway bunker and was unable to save par. Myers stuffed his second shot to about 4 below the hole and rapped in the birdie putt for a two-shot swing and a one-shot lead.
Both players made par on 16 and 17, but needing to press the issue on 18 after Myers split the fairway with his tee shot, Tewell pushed his right into a hazard, had to take a drop and made double bogey.
“Carson got off to a great start, which is actually good because it forces you to concentrate,” said Myers, who played his collegiate golf at Oklahoma City University.
Myers responded with three birdies of his own on the front nine and both players were at 5-under when he pulled his shot out of bounds on 12.
“Actually that putt for double bogey was huge, because the course is so hard coming in from there and anything can happen,” he said. “The last six holes are brutal. You’re thinking if you can stay within two, just try to make some birdies and pars coming in and anything can happen.”
Myers played solid 1-under golf from that point. Tewell, meanwhile, thought he had hit a solid 5-iron on the par-3 14th and was shocked to see it disappear into the pond.
“I thought I hit it well,” said Tewell, son of former Oklahoma State golfer Jay Tewell and grandson of Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame inductee Doug Tewell. “I had 211 and was just trying to lay it in there right of the flag. That hurt.”
Tewell birdied holes 1, 2, 4, 6 and 9 on his torrid front nine to charge into the lead. It was essentially a two-person tournament on the back nine as the two were seven shots clear of the field by the time they reached the 12th hole.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Stroke Play Championship
June 24-26, 2019
Oak Tree Country Club
Heath Myers, Kingfisher, Ok – 68-70-68 — 206
Carson Tewell, Edmond, OK – 69-70-70 — 209
Hunter Laughlin, Tulsa, Oklahoma – 69-73-69 — 211
William McDonald, Oklahoma City, OK – 73-70-70 — 213
JR Hurley, Norman, Oklahoma – 71-72-71 — 214
Cody Troutman, Edmond, OK – 70-73-71 — 214
Kason Cook, Hydro, OK – 71-70-74 — 215
Kyle Hudelson, Edmond, OK – 72-70-73 — 215
Brian Birchell, Oklahoma City, OK – 71-72-73 — 216
Casey Paul, Tahlequah, Oklahoma – 74-68-74 — 216
Connor Wilson, Edmond, OK – 76-68-72 — 216
Carson Griggs, Sand Springs, OK – 74-72-71 — 217
Alex Motes, Sulphur Springs, TX – 71-74-72 — 217
Dustin Hasley, Yukon, OK – 70-78-71 — 219
Mike Hughett, Owasso, Ok – 76-72-71 — 219
Brock Polhill, Edmond, Ok – 71-75-73 — 219
Kolton Baber, Devol, OK – 72-72-76 — 220
Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, OK – 76-73-71 — 220
Carson Seals, Ardmore, OK – 74-72-74 — 220
Shayne Patel, Edmond, OK – 74-71-76 — 221
Jeff Richter, Edmond, – 77-72-72 — 221
Dalton Daniel, Newcastle, OK – 70-74-78 — 222
Payte Owen, Norman, OK – 71-74-77 — 222
Mike Biata, Owasso, OK – 72-76-75 — 223
Eric Fox, Weatherford, – 75-75-73 — 223
Christopher Laughlin, Edmond, Ok – 76-74-73 — 223
Jacob Grellner, Cushing, Oklahoma – 77-72-75 — 224
Blake Blaser, Edmond, Oklahoma – 72-75-78 — 225
Navid Majidizadeh, Tulsa, OK – 71-77-78 — 226
TJ Eckert, Bixby, Oklahoma – 77-73-77 — 227
Zac Owens , Mooreland, OK – 79-71-77 — 227
Ransen Turner, Edmond, OK – 77-69-81 — 227
Bo Robbins, Guthrie, OK – 77-72-82 — 231