Roller, Cowan prevail at Oklahoma Junior Masters at Southern Hills

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By Ken MacLeod

Jenni Roller walked into the mixed grill at Southern Hills following her round in the Oklahoma Junior Masters Saturday, and the entire room of contestants and parents broke into a round of spontaneous applause.

It was a heartfelt gesture of respect and admiration. Roller, who shot a state high school championship record 62 in the first round of the Class 3A tournament at Lake Murray State Park Golf Course earlier this week, had just slain a much more formidable dragon. She shot a 7-under 66 on the course that in less than two weeks will be hosting the 2022 PGA Championship.

The remarkable round was good for a six-shot victory over Olivia Coit of Edmond, who shot 1-under 72, while newly crowned Class 6A champion Rylee Roberts of Edmond shot even-par 73 for third. The girls played holes 1 and 18 as par-5s along with normal par-5s 5, 13 and 16.

On the boys side, Ryder Cowan of Edmond made a nifty up-and-down on the final hole to shoot even-par 70 and edge Ben Stoller of Owasso and Bo Burton of Edmond by a single shot. Cowan rallied late with birdies on 16 and 17, where he drove the green on the par-4. Stoller had his par putt on 18 horseshoe around the hole to wind up trailing by one.

Slideshow photos by Reagan Kingsley/Southern Hills

For those who played well and no so well, playing the PGA Chhampionship venue in full regalia with fairways lined with tents and grandstands and in immaculate condition was a huge treat.

Morri Rose, director of the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, asked several of the younger players how they were faring as they walked up 18. More than one said they were playing terrible, but having the time of their life.

Stoller, despite the disappointment of the three-putt on 18, echoed the same thought.

“It was just awesome to get to play here right before the PGA with it all set up,” he said. “It was really great of Southern Hills to let us do this.”

“The course is incredible, it was just an amazing experience,” said Cowan, the University of Oklahoma commit who was 2-under through 8 holes before making three bogeys in four holes.

Roller made short work of the 5 par-5s for the girls, making birdies on 1, 5 and 18 and eagles on holes 13 and 16. After bombing her drives on both, she hit 8-iron in from about 160 and then converted eagle putts of around 18 feet.

She also made birdies on holes 4 and 7 to offset bogeys on 2 and 8.

“I’m putting well and confident about my ball striking as well,” said Roller, who shot 93 the last time she played Southern Hills, in this same tournament in its inaugural event two years ago. “It was really nice of them to have us. I wanted to do a little better than that 93.”

Another highlight for the girls was a hole-in-one by Aubrey House on the par-3 eighth hole, using an 8-iron from 134 yards.

Cowan’s high school teammate Bryant Polhill finished fourth with a 72 and Josh Stuart fifth at 73.

Oklahoma Junior Masters
at Southern Hills Country Club

Girls Division

1, Jenni Roller, 66
2, Olivia Coit, 72
3, Rylee Roberts, 73
4, Gracie Doke, 78
Jaiden Gregston 78
Aubrey House, 78
7, Peyton Coburn 80
Brooklyn Benn  80
9, Lily Stanton 81
10, Megan Kalpura 82
11, Beans Factor 86

Boys Division
PositionParticipantFinal Score
1Ryder Cowan70
T-2Bo Burton71
T-2Benjamin Stoller71
4Bryant Polhill72
5Josh Stuart73
T-6Alex Bloxham74
T-6Mesa Falleur74
T-6Parker Payne74
T-6Preston Albee74
T-10Buddy Wehrli75
T-10Sam Morris75
T-10Jake Hopper75
T-10William Sides75
14Conner Cryer76
T-15Brady Wicker77
T-15Kyle McLaughlin77
T-17Cole Luber78
T-17Jack Hope78
T-19Tyler Collier79
T-19Rhett Hughes79
T-21Sutton McMillan80
T-21Parker Sands80
23William Hennessee81
T-24Sam Bonaobra82
T-24Drew Mabrey82
T-26Carson Wright83
T-26Jesse Tandoy83
T-26Grant Gudgel83
T-29Cody Fifer84
T-29Christian Johnson84
31Matthew Smith85
32Banks Cozby86
33David Bryan III87
34William Turner88
35Vincent Peters89
T-36Nikos Revelis92
T-36Ben Lathrop92
T-38Jacob Cameron94
T-38Cosby Carter94
40Beau Broermann97
41Griffin Tucker98

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