OGA names Flinton to run Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour

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By Ken MacLeod

Long-time Oklahoma City PGA golf professional Kyle Flinton will replace Morri Rose as the executive director of the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, it was announced Thursday by Oklahoma Golf Association Executive Director Kevin Stanton.

Flinton has been the director of player development at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond since 2022. He is well known for his 20-year career at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City, from 1998-2008 as an assistant and from 2008-2020 as director of golf.

Flinton, 58, has a son Cale who has played on the OJGT for the past four years. Rose, who founded the tour in 2000, retired prior to the start of the 2023 season. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame this year.

“We are definitely looking forward to what Kyle brings to us,” Stanton said. “He has the experience and the network. We look forward to him continuing to grow the OJGT and make it better. He will be a great addition.”

Flinton said he was thrilled to be hired and looking forward to working with the players to make the well respected tour even better than before.

“My hat goes off to Morri that he had such a vision and he was able to make it come to life,” Flinton said. “I do enjoy the kids and look forward to being around them. My brain still tells me that I’m a 13-year-old kid out at Lake Hefner. It’s not an easy game, very challenging and you want to quit all the time, but I think I can help them through some tough spots. As someone once told me, golf stands for great opportunity and lifetime friendships.”

Flinton grew up playing public courses in OKC and attended Putnam City for a year before his family moved to Enid, where he finished third in the state as a senior while leading Enid to third place as well. The family moved to Tulsa and he worked for Dave Bryan at Tulsa Country Club before attending the University of Central Oklahoma for a season. He then spent four years playing professional golf on the mini-tour circuits before taking the assistant post at Quail Creek.

He and former Quail Creek head professionals Jim Woodward and Tim Fleming were dominant in South Central Section tournament play from 2000 to 2012. He hasn’t played as much competitive golf in recent years.

Flinton will being his post in January and said in the meantime he’s taking refresher courses on the rules of golf in anticipation of being called on to make rulings during tournament play. Finding players to fill OJGT events is not an issue unless an agreement can be worked out with the courses to expand the fields. Most OJGT events will fill up within a week after the calendar opens on the OGA site after Christmas.

The signing of 2023 OJGT Player of the Year Cameron Cheek with Oklahoma and Natalie Blonien of Altus with Arkansas Thursday means at least 13 Oklahoma seniors have signed with Division I schools this fall, plus many others at other levels.  OJGT players from other states have also signed, as the tour draws competitors from Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.


 

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