OCU’s Mikeska wins Golf Coaches Association event in Waco

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WACO, Texas – Oklahoma City University’s Mason Mikeska took the win in the Ridgewood Golf Coaches Association of America Amateur on Tuesday at Ridgewood Country Club.

Mikeska, a junior from Waco, Texas, turned in the winning score of 64-70-68–202 on the par-70, 6,641-yard course. Mikeska buried 16 birdies throughout the tournament.

“It was very pleasing to come back to Waco, my hometown, play in a really competitive tournament with so much D-I talent and end up winning in front of my family and my friends,” Mikeska said. “This is probably the most memorable and the biggest amateur tournament I’ve won so far.”

Mikeska clinched the victory by making a birdie on No. 18, a par-4, 415-yard hole. On the 18th hole, Mikeska pulled his tee shot left into rough, but landed his approach shot 30 feet away from the hole.

Mikeska rallied for the win by one shot over Baylor’s Brandon Hoff, who shot a 64-67-72–203. In the final round, Mikeska knocked in birdies on four consecutive holes from the seventh to the 10th holes. Hoff and Mikeska were paired in the same group for the final round.

“We both had really tough putts at it, and I just wanted to get mine close to secure the par because the greens were really tricky this week,” Mikeska said. “I picked the line I wanted to take, and I made a solid stroke. The ball climbed on top of a spine in the green and started trickling towards the hole. As it got closer to the hole, I started to get more excited because I was not going into this putt expecting to make it. When the ball finally reached the hole it just toppled over the edge of the cup and fell in for birdie, and everyone watching went crazy.”

Mikeska heard from Baylor coach Mike McGraw after the tournament.

“When everyone started to disperse someone special in my eyes came up to me to congratulate me as well, Coach McGraw,” Mikeska said. “He came up to me and gave me a solid handshake and said, ‘Your improvement had been off the charts ever since your freshman year, you should be proud of yourself. Again, congratulations and great playing this week.’ I told everyone hearing that from Coach McGraw is just as pleasing as winning the tournament.”

On Monday, Mikeska posted a 32-32–64 to tie for the lead after one round. Mikeska nailed seven birdies with one bogey during the first 18 holes.

This fall, Mikeska provided the Stars with a 72.57 stroke average with 24 birdies and an eagle in seven rounds. His best finish so far for OCU has been a tie for fourth in the fall finale, the Sydney Cox Invitational on Oct. 12-13 at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

The tournament concluded the fall schedule for the GCAA Amateur Series. The circuit was open to men’s and women’s college golfers who competed in 2019-20 and were on a varsity roster for 2020-21, college-age individual amateur golfers and a limited number of non-college age amateurs.

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