Rust overtakes Yun at Kids Korral Championship, pulls off rare double on Adams Tour

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By Clay Horning
Special to Golf Oklahoma

NORMAN — Dillon Rust had already made birdie at No. 2 and eagle at No. 3.
Beginning the final round of the OK Kids Koral Championship at the par 70 Belmar Golf Club four strokes back of third-round leader Andrew Yun, the Edmond Santa Fe product made certain everybody knew he was coming.

Then he made bogey at No. 5. Then he pulled his tee shot well left at maybe the toughest hole on the course, the 212-yard par 3 sixth.

Then he knocked it in.

"Just a ridiculous flop shot," Yun said.

From that point forward, Rust did not look back.

One day after shooting 64 to pull within shouting distance of Yun, Rust shot the same score again to claim his second Adams Pro Tour event in as many weeks, making him the first repeat champion on the tour in eight years.

The victory netted him $16,000.

"That was the most important shot of the tournament," Rust said. "I was playing great up until that point, but I’d made a bogey previous to that and it could have spiraled out of control from there."

Rust was about 25 yards from the cup. He said his lie was good, also downhill and firm.
"I kind of had a feeling that he was going to hit a good one," Yun said.

Yun still led by a stroke at the time, but that was before a two-stroke swing at No. 8 — a Rust birdie and a Yun bogey — gave Rust the lead for good.

Coming down the stretch, Yun had opportunities to close what had become a three-stroke gap. He burned the left lip from about 10 feet on the par 4 15th and the right lip from about 13 feet at the par 4 16th. On 17, a 218-yard par 3, played to its full distance for the first time all week, Yun left a 35-foot birdie putt hanging on the lip, while Rust managed a two-putt from almost 60 feet.

"I wish I would have made a little bit more of a charge there," Yun said. "I was kind of missing like that the whole day. The putts just weren’t dropping."

For the second straight week, Rust, who finished up at Central Oklahoma in the spring of 2013, was able to win in front of his parents. Onlookers also included course owner Toby Keith, a constant presence at the event and in the final group’s gallery over the tourney’s last 36 holes.

Conrad Shindler, whose run at Texas A&M ended four years ago, moved up to third place with a final-round 65. Rhein Gibson, from Australia, shared the spot after a final-round 66. Jonathan Moore, an Oklahoma State product who turned pro in 2007, finished fifth after a final-round 68.

Rust had a feeling.

"It’s a lot of hard work that’s paid off," he said. "I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know when, but I’m so glad it’s happening now. I couldn’t be happier."    

Adams Pro Tour  – OK Kids Korral Championship
Belmar Golf Club, Norman
Par: 70 Distance: 6519 yards 

 1    Dillon Rust           Edmond, OK             71-65-64-64–264 -16 $16,000.00
 2    Andrew Yun            Chandler, AZ           65-65-67-70–267 -13 $8,850.00
 T3   Conrad Shindler       Dallas, Tx             72-68-63-65–268 -12 $6,300.00
 T3   Rhein Gibson          Edmond, OK             69-68-65-66–268 -12 $6,300.00
 5    Jonathan Moore        Stillwater, OK         71-65-65-68–269 -11 $4,900.00

 T6   Chase Barnes          Houston, TX            72-66-67-65–270 -10 $3,573.33
 T6   Casey Clendenon       Katy, TX               69-67-68-66–270 -10 $3,573.33
 T6   Michael Whitehead     Houston, TX            68-70-64-68–270 -10 $3,573.33
 T9   Lance Lopez           Richmond, TX           68-69-66-68–271 -9  $2,675.00
 T9   Christopher E. Brown  Trophy Club, TX        72-68-61-70–271 -9  $2,675.00
 T11  Chris Naegel          Chesterfield, MO       71-67-68-66–272 -8  $2,125.00
 T11  Ryan Baca             Sugar Land, TX         70-66-70-66–272 -8  $2,125.00
 T11  Drew Laning           Little Rock, AR        71-64-69-68–272 -8  $2,125.00
 14   Hunter Sparks         Oklahoma City, OK      74-67-63-69–273 -7  $1,900.00
 T15  Brian Rowell          Lafayette, LA          71-68-68-67–274 -6  $1,780.00
 T15  Chris Ward            McKinney, TX           67-69-70-68–274 -6  $1,780.00
 T15  Chris Worrell         Enid, OK               70-69-67-68–274 -6  $1,780.00
 T18  Chad Ginn             Gulfport, MS           71-70-67-67–275 -5  $1,600.00
 T18  Zechariah Potter      Cheney, KS             70-68-67-70–275 -5  $1,600.00
 T18  Mark Walker           Hurst, TX              71-66-65-73–275 -5  $1,600.00
 T21  Curtis Donahoe        League City, TX        75-64-69-68–276 -4  $1,395.00
 T21  Blake Trimble         Houston, TX            69-69-68-70–276 -4  $1,395.00
 T21  Michael Smith         Lafayette, LA          72-68-65-71–276 -4  $1,395.00
 T21  Brad Gehl             Carmel, IN             74-67-69-66–276 -4  $1,395.00
 T25  Sam Powell            Tulsa, OK              73-67-69-68–277 -3  $1,232.50
 T25  Garrett Driver        Humble, TX             69-68-68-72–277 -3  $1,232.50
 27   Stanton Tondre        Castroville, TX        73-67-68-70–278 -2  $1,160.00
 T28  Fergal Rafferty       Carrickmore, Ireland   73-68-67-71–279 -1  $1,035.00
 T28  Craig Kanada          The Woodlands, TX      72-70-66-71–279 -1  $1,035.00
 T28  Bill Allcorn          Waco, TX               69-71-69-70–279 -1  $1,035.00
 T28  Tyler Sheppard        Fort Worth, TX         70-67-72-70–279 -1  $1,035.00
 T28  Mark Stevens          Concord, NH            73-68-70-68–279 -1  $1,035.00
 T33  Dustin Morris         Crosby, TX             69-70-70-71–280 E   $915.00
 T33  Chris Gilbert         Mckinney, TX           68-70-73-69–280 E   $915.00
 T33  Shawn Jasper          Foristell, MO          72-70-72-66–280 E   $915.00
 T36  Derek Plucienski      New Orleans, LA        70-68-70-73–281 +1  $804.00
 T36  Will Dusenbury        League City, TX        68-69-71-73–281 +1  $804.00
 T36  Craig McCoy           Plano, TX              74-63-72-72–281 +1  $804.00
 T36  Adam Sumrall          Houston, TX            71-66-74-70–281 +1  $804.00
 T36  Kevin Penner          Sammamish, WA          73-68-70-70–281 +1  $804.00
 T41  Nick Wilson           Little Rock, AR        72-69-71-70–282 +2  $693.33
 T41  Joshua Havard         Arlington, TX          73-67-73-69–282 +2  $693.33
 T41  Nathan Anderson       Arlington, TX          73-66-75-68–282 +2  $693.33
 T44  J R Hurley            Norman, OK             73-66-72-72–283 +3  $630.00
 T44  Matthew Stephens      Mont Belvieu, TX       71-70-70-72–283 +3  $630.00
 T46  Alex Carpenter        Dallas, TX             71-68-70-75–284 +4  $580.00
 T46  Sumin Yu              Richardson, TX         73-66-70-75–284 +4  $580.00
 T46  Cameron Meyers        Edmond, OK             74-67-71-72–284 +4  $580.00
 T49  Jimmy Shaw            Oklahoma City, OK      68-71-71-75–285 +5  $530.00
 T49  Jared Vela            Pasadena, TX           72-69-74-70–285 +5  $530.00
 T51  Case Cochran          Dallas, TX             72-63-71-80–286 +6  $490.00
 T51  Aaron Marshall        Magnolia, TX           69-67-74-76–286 +6  $490.00
 53   Yun Lee               Oklahoma City, OK      73-68-71-80–292 +12 $460.00
 54   Herbert Day           Houston, TX            75-67-75-76–293 +13 $440.00

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