Jacob Prentice builds clubs for a living, but he’ll be swinging them for a possible state amateur championship Wednesday at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Prentice, a master fitter at Club Champion in Oklahoma City, will face Kyle Hudelson of Oklahoma City in one semifinal, while Ian Davis of Edmond plays Austin Schmidt of Tulsa in the other as the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship reaches its final day Wednesday.
The semifinals begin at 8 a.m. with the championship match following at close to noon.
Prentice knocked out William McDonald of Oklahoma City 2 up and Brian Birchell of Oklahoma City 5 and 4 to move into the semifinals. Hudelson, a two-time OGA Mid-Amateur champion, defeated Harley Abrams of Tulsa 2 and 1 and Ben Klaus of Nicholls Hills 4 and 3 to reach the semifinals.
Schmidt knocked off 2019 champion and current Oklahoma State golfer Jordan Wilson of Edmond 3 and 2 and Alex Bloxham of Broken Arrow 3 and 1. He will meet Davis, who went 20 holes in the afternoon to edge Mike Hearne of Yukon. Davis had earlier defeated Matthew Braley of Broken Arrow 2 up.
Schmidt reached a playoff before losing to Mike Hughett in the OGA Mid-Amateur a week ago and has continued his strong play. Davis was helped by a couple of late miscues by Hearne to reach extra holes. Davis recently regained his amateur status after trying professional golf.
It is fairly rare in recent years that none of the four semifinalists are current high school or collegiate golfers but rather businessmen who play their golf on the side.
Oklahoma Golf Association
State Amateur Championship
July 25-27, 2022
Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
Round of 16
Kyle Hudelson, Oklahoma City, def. Harley Abrams, Tulsa 2 and 1
Ben Klaus, Nicholls HIlls, def. Bryson Terry, Poteau, 1 up
Jacob Prentice, Edmond, def. William McDonald, Oklahoma City 2 up
Brian Birchelll, Oklahoma City, def. Connor Wilson, Edmond 2 and 1
Ian Davis, Edmond, def. Matthew Braley, Broken Arrow 2 up
Mike Hearn, Yukon, def. Preston Wilkins, Tulsa, 3 and 2
Austin Schmidt, Tulsa, def. Jordan Wilson, Edmond, 3 and 2
Alex Bloxham, Broken Arrow, def. Jeremy Tandoy, Broken Arrow, 5 and 3
Hudelson def. Klaus 4 and 3
Prentice def. Birchell 5 and 4
Schmidt def. Bloxham 3 and 1
Davis def. Hearne 20 holes