Richardson closes out strong in OGA Stroke Play Championship

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By Ken MacLeod

THACKERVILLE – Presten Richardson, a rising senior at Oral Roberts University, put on a three-day ball striking clinic in rolling to a four-shot victory in the Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship which concluded Wednesday on the Scissortail Course at WinStar Resort.

Richardson started the final round with a five-shot advantage and put together a solid 3-under 68 to finish at 14-under and stay four shots clear of CJ. Phillips of Edmond, who will be entering his sophomore season at Central Missouri. Phillips closed with a 67 to finish at 10-under.

The hottest golfer in the field over the final two rounds was Tres Hill of Elk City. The senior at Oklahoma City University and 2021 OGA State Amateur champion fired consecutive rounds of 6-under 65 after opening with a four-bogey, no birdie 75 and he finished at 8-under.

“The first round couldn’t get anything going or make any putts, but I’m certainly encouraged by the way I played the last two days,” Hill said.

Left to right, Presten Richardson and runner up C.J. Phillips.

Mesa Falleur of Muskogee and UMKC, who won the Summit League golf championship with Richardson finishing second, took fourth place at 5-under. Tying for fifth at 4-under were Ben Stoller of Owasso, Blas Ayesa of Edmond and Rhett Hughes of Edmond. Hughes made a 28-foot birdie putt on the final hole to edge his younger brother Chase Hughes by a shot.

Richardson, who has aims on a professional career following his final season at ORU, has demonstrated this level of ball striking previously, such as his fourth-place finish against a field of talented pros in the 2023 Oklahoma Open at 13-under, three shots behind winner Blaine Hale Jr.

Richardson, who hails from Mount Vernon, Mo., transferred to ORU two seasons ago from Western Carolina. He made a swing change shortly after the college season ended in May and said this was the first week where everything came together.

“The first round was great ball striking, I was bogey free and just couldn’t make any putts. I did make four birdies in a row but those were the only putts I made. The second day it came together and started getting hot with the putter.”

Richardson made eight birdies, an eagle and three bogeys in his second-round 64, the low round of the tournament. That set him up to play semi-conservatively in the final round.

“You definitely have to know when to be aggressive and when to be conservative,” he said. “On the par-4s when it was tight, I just tried to stay out of too much trouble and accepted bogey. When I did get in trouble I just chipped out and took my medicine. I knew there was birdie holes out there to get it back.”

The field was able to play lift, clean and place the entire tournament due to issues with the Bermuda fairways which the course has scheduled for repairs beginning this fall.

42nd OGA Stroke Play Championship
Monday, June 17, 2024 – Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Winstar Resort – Scissortail Course

Results

Final Round

Presten Richardson, Mount Vernon, MO – 67-64-68 — 199

C.J. Phillips, Edmond, OK – 70-66-67 — 203

Tres Hill, Elk City, OK – 75-65-65 — 205

Mesa Falleur, Muskogee, OK – 69-69-70 — 208

Blas Ayesa, Edmond, – 75-68-66 — 209

Rhett Hughes, Edmond, OK – 67-71-71 — 209

Benjamin Stoller, Owasso, – 69-69-71 — 209

Chase Hughes, Oklahoma City, OK – 71-69-70 — 210

Harley Abrams, Tulsa, OK – 73-68-70 — 211

Collin Bond, Norman, OK – 74-65-72 — 211

Christian Johnson, Edmond, OK – 68-74-69 — 211

William McDonald, Oklahoma City, OK – 72-70-69 — 211

Matthew Smith, Oklahoma City, OK – 71-71-69 — 211

Jake Hopper, Norman, OK – 70-71-71 — 212

Sam Morris, Tulsa, OK – 69-72-71 — 212

Bloxham, Alex, Broken Arrow, OK – 70-68-75 — 213

William Brueckner, Broken Arrow, OK – 73-71-69 — 213

Will Livermore, Frisco, – 74-69-70 — 213

Craig Sanders, Edmond, OK – 70-74-70 — 214

Parker Rose, Stigler, OK – 69-74-72 — 215

Davis Woodliff, Tulsa, OK – 73-69-73 — 215

Parker Payne, Norman, OK – 71-74-71 — 216

Jeremy Tandoy, Broken Arrow, OK – 71-71-74 — 216

Dalton Rhoden, Fort Gibson, OK – 69-70-78 — 217

Bliss Newton, Healdton, OK – 73-70-75 — 218

Tyler Collier, Broken Arrow, OK – 74-70-75 — 219

Flinton, Kale, Edmond, OK – 76-70-74 — 220

Kyle McLaughlin, Oklahoma City, OK – 73-73-74 — 220

Bryce Newton, Edmond, OK – 72-74-74 — 220

Ian Wilcoxen, Tulsa, OK – 70-76-74 — 220

Jack Williams, Claremore, OK – 72-72-76 — 220

Brian Birchell, Oklahoma City, OK – 70-76-75 — 221

Jace Chaney, Ardmore, OK – 71-73-82 — 226


 

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