Sands regains OGA Junior title while Cannon wins in first attempt

Like and Follow Golf Oklahoma

By Ken MacLeod

One champion is nearing the end of an illustrious junior career while the other is barely past the starting line. For both Parker Sands and Evyn Cannon, their victories Thursday in the Oklahoma Golf Association Junior Boys and Girls Championship came with more than just trophies and their names forever in the record book.

For the first time, the United States Golf Association is awarding berths in the U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls Junior to the winners of this event. For Sands, that’s a carrot that did not exist when he won this event in 2022. He’ll head to Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield, Mich, on July 22-27, while Cannon will compete at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., on July 15-20.

In the final match of a long week of golf, Sands defeated a game Benton Manly of Tulsa 3 and 1 while Cannon edged Rylee Roberts of Edmond 1 up. In the boys 14-15 age group, Coleman Sides of Tulsa got past Ainslie Stanford III of Edmond 1 up.

Sands, who is heading to the University of Florida in the fall after playing in some major amateur events this summer, can look back over a junior career filled with highlights, the most stunning of which was his record 59 in the 2023 Oklahoma Open.

“That 59 is hard to beat but this is a close second,” Sand said. “I really wanted this to kind of cap my junior career. I get to keep this trophy for another year which is awesome. I hit the ball so well this week and took advantage of being in the fairway most of the time. I couldn’t ask for a better closing out story for my junior career.”

Sands displayed the same superior ball striking, putting it long and in play consistently off the tee and hitting his irons with accuracy. His putter was a bit balky as he missed six birdie putts inside 10 feet, allowing Manly, who will be a senior at Regent Prep in Tulsa, to have a strong chance at the upset.

Manly came out blazing with birdies on the first two holes. Sands got back to even when Manly three-putted the par-3 third and Sands birdied the par-5 fourth. Both players made birdie on 5 with Sands making a breaking 30-footer after Manly had again stuffed his approach to within a few feet,

“I felt like I had to make that even thought it was early in the match,” Sands said..”It was very, very important at that time.”

Sands took his first lead when Manly made bogey on 7. But he came right back to tie it with a 15-foot birdie on the ninth and took the lead again when Sands spun his approach shot off the green on 10 and didn’t get up and down.

Manly missed a short par putt on the par-3 11th and Sands birdied the par-5 12th to regain the lead. The match was tied for the final time when Sands three-putted the par-3 14th. But he birdied the par-5 15th and Manly bogeyed the par-3 16th to fall two down.

“To win 11 and 12 after he took the lead was big for the match,” Sands said. “In match play, you’ve just got to hit fairways and greens and make them earn it and I was able to do that through most of my matches.”

Left to right, Parker Sands and Benton Manley.

Canon, who is 14 and will be a freshman at Deer Creek High School in Edmond in the fall, is much more experienced than her years would indicate. She is a frequent competitor in AJGA events and other top flight amateur events in Texas and was a star on Oklahoma’s PGA Jr. League team that has qualified and done well in the national championship the past two years. She came into the week having played consecutive weeks in national AJGA events.

She took down defending champion Juliana Hong of Norman 2 and 1 in the semifinals, taking advantage of two errant drives by Hong on holes 10 and 12 that led to uncharacteristic bogeys for the steady Hong who also won the Class 6A high school championship this spring.

Roberts, who won the Class 6A title as a sophomore and will play collegiately at Oklahoma State in the fall, upset No 1 seed Natalie Blonien of Altus in the semifinals 4 and 3. She continued to strike the ball well in the finals but the putter went cold. Cannon, meanwhile, made a number of clutch putts of considerable length to save par. The two were tied through 16 but Cannon cooly ran in a birdie on the par-4 17th to take a one-up lead to 18, where both competitors made par.

Left to right, Evyn Cannon and Rylee Roberts.
Coleman Sides of Tulsa, left, won the boys 14-15 age group in a tough match with Ainslie Stanford III, right

71st OGA Junior Boys & 12th OGA Junior Girls Championship

Monday, June 03, 2024 – Thursday, June 06, 2024

Kickingbird Golf Club

Match Play Results


12-15 Boys

Rd of 16

Coleman Sides, Tulsa def. Wyatt Tucker, Arcadia 6 and 4

Lars Prior, Tulsa def. Kathan Pierucci, Oklahoma 3 and 1

Owen Mitchel, Edmond def. Christopher Crawford, Oklahoma City 3 and 2

Mason Brown, Broken Arrow def. Ben Puckett, Broken Arrow 21 holes

Ainslie Stanford III, Edmond def. Tyler Robertson, Stillwater 3 and 2

Porter Hart, Broken Arrow, def. Jake Mourning, Edmond 4 and 3

Grady Thompson, Edmond def. Jack Austin, Norman 4 and 3

Reed Higgins, Edmond def. Ryan Hansen, Piedmont 4 and 3



Sides, def. Prior 3 and 2

Stanford III, def. Hart 7 and 6

Thompson def. Higgins 1 up

Mitchel def. Brown 2 up



Sides def. Mitchel 4 & 3

Stanford III, def. Thompson 3 and 2



Sides, def.  Stanford III 1 up



Rd of 16

Natalie Blonien, Altus def. Kate Moore, Tulsa 2 and 1

Sophia Lefler, Tulsa, def. Megan Kalapura, Tulsa 2 and 1

Rylee Roberts, Edmond def Abbie Justiz, Arcadia 7 and 6

Harlow Gregory, Norman def.  Meredith Colby, Edmond 20 holes

Juliana Hong, Norman def. McKenna Tatum, Edmond 6 and 5

Syrah Javed, Norman def. Peyton Coburn, Broken Arrow 2 and 1

Reagan Plank, Owasso, def. Cara Cummins, Oklahoma City 19 holes

Evyn Cannon, Edmond def. Nikki Pitts, Stillwater 2 and 1



Blonien def.  Lefler 4 and 3

Hong def. Javed 2 and 1

Roberts def. Gregory 2 and 1

Cannon def. Plank 4 and 3



Roberts def. Blonien 4 and 3

Cannon def. Hong 2 and 1



Cannon def. Roberts 1 up


16-18 Boys

Rd of 16

Parker Payne, Norman def. Austen Mueller, Yukon 3 and 1

Mason Haley, Enid def. Jackson Magness, Oklahoma City 7 and 5

Ben Lathrop, Oklahoma City def. Jack Lee, Edmond 19 holes

Benton Manly, Tulsa def. Matthew Kendrick, Tulsa 4 and 3

Sam Morris, Tulsa def. Beau Broermann, Tulsa 6 and 4

Cameron Cheek, Owasso def. Brock Jerman, Chickasha 3 and 2

Nick Friedrichsen, Bixby def. Josh Stuart, Norman 3 and 1

Parker Sands, Edmond def. Preston Albee, Choctaw 4 and 3



Payne def. Haley 1 up

Morris def. Cheek 2 and 1

Sands def. Friedrichsen 5 and 4

Manly def. Lathrop 2 and 1



Manly def. Payne 2 and 1

Sands def. Morris 4 and 3



Sands def. Manly 3 and 1

71st OGA Junior Boys & 12th OGA Junior Girls Championship
Monday, June 03, 2024 – Thursday, June 06, 2024
Kickingbird Golf Club
Stroke Play Results

Parker Payne, Norman, OK – 67-70–137
Benton Manly, Tulsa, OK – 73-65–138
Ben Lathrop, Oklahoma City, OK – 70-68–138
Sam Morris, Tulsa, OK – 70-68–138
Nick Friedrichsen, Bixby, OK – 69-69–138
Parker Sands, Edmond, OK – 67-72–139
Mason Haley, Enid, OK – 72-68–140
Cameron Cheek, Owasso, OK – 74-66–140
Brock Jerman, Chickasha, OK – 71-70–141
Preston Albee, Choctaw, OK – 74-67–141
Jackson Magness, Oklahoma City, OK – 67-74–141
Coleman Sides, Tulsa, OK – 69-73–142
Josh Stuart, Norman, OK – 71-73–144
Matthew Kendrick, Tulsa, OK – 73-71–144
Jack Lee, Edmond, OK – 73-71–144
Austen Mueller, Yukon, OK – 70-75–145
Beau Broermann, Tulsa, OK – 73-72–145
Dax Rambo, Norman, OK – 71-74–145
Ainslie Stanford III, Edmond, OK – 74-71–145
Jesse Tandoy, Broken Arrow, OK – 73-73–146
Chase Blaser, Edmond, OK – 74-72–146
William Hennessee, Tulsa, OK – 72-75–147
Kale Flinton, Edmond, OK – 73-74–147
Ty Neatherlin, Edmond, OK – 75-72–147
Hunter Baumann, Edmond, OK – 74-73–147
Jace Chaney, Ardmore, OK – 71-76–147
Bryce Freeman, Tuttle, OK – 76-72–148
Porter Finley, Tulsa, OK – 75-73–148
Carson Scrymgeour, Jenks, OK – 80-68–148
Banks Cozby, Tulsa, OK – 73-75–148
Bryce Dunlap, Arcadia, OK – 74-74–148
Grady Thompson, Edmond, OK – 72-76–148
Trace Overland, Tulsa, OK – 74-74–148
Jones Vrska, Owasso, OK – 74-75–149
Bryce Cale, Edmond, OK – 76-73–149
Ryan McClanahan, Edmond, OK – 75-74–149
Cooper Watson, Lawton, OK – 73-77–150
Owen Mitchel, Edmond, OK – 77-73–150
Grant Gudgel, Stillwater, OK – 78-72–150
Mack Moore, Norman, OK – 71-79–150
Hudson Hobbs, Ardmore, OK – 77-74–151
Ty Hyatt, Stillwater, OK – 73-78–151
Porter Hart, Broken Arrow, OK – 78-73–151
Reed Higgins, Edmond, OK – 77-74–151
Taven Fentress, Mannford, OK – 76-75–151
Mason Brown, Broken Arrow, OK – 73-78–151
Ben Jones, Oklahoma City, OK – 74-78–152
Preston Whitmarsh, Owasso, OK – 77-75–152
Jack Williams, Claremore, OK – 80-72–152
Kathan Pierucci, Oklahoma City, OK – 73-79–152
Bo Gentry, Tulsa, OK – 74-79–153
Wyatt Farley, Owasso, OK – 77-76–153
Lars Prior, Tulsa, OK – 75-78–153
Cale Zachary, Edmond, OK – 77-76–153
Henry Bayles, Tulsa, OK – 78-75–153
Jack Berger, Stillwater, OK – 75-78–153
Gage Tucker, Norman, OK – 77-76–153
Tripp Anderson, Mustang, OK – 76-78–154
Parker Pogue, Ada, OK – 75-79–154
Jack Barber, Oklahoma City, OK – 77-77–154
Will Whorton, Norman, OK – 73-81–154
Maddox Mason, Claremore, OK – 78-76–154
Benjamin Field II, Owasso, OK – 75-79–154
Jake Mourning, Edmond, OK – 73-82–155
Ryan Hansen, Piedmont, OK – 77-79–156
Tristan Parks, Stillwater, OK – 75-81–156
Ben Puckett, Broken Arrow, OK – 76-80–156
Ian Wilcoxen, Tulsa, OK – 75-81–156
Hayden Russ, Norman, OK – 83-73–156
Jackson Jones, Enid, OK – 77-80–157
Christopher Crawford, Oklahoma City, OK – 80-78–158
Andrew Strope, Tulsa, OK – 75-84–159
Roger Smith, Oklahoma City, OK – 85-74–159
Wyatt Tucker, Arcadia, OK – 83-77–160
Tyler Robertson, Stillwater, OK – 83-77–160
Jack Austin, Norman, OK – 81-79–160
Myles Harrison, Kingfisher, OK – 81-80–161
Blake Cathey, Edmond, OK – 78-83–161
Caleb Foster, Edmond, OK – 77-84–161
Connor Knoles, Jones, OK – 80-81–161
John Helzer, Edmond, OK – 80-81–161
Ben Stroman, Edmond, OK – 84-77–161
Braden Haines, Edmond, OK – 83-79–162
Bryson Parker, Turpin, OK – 78-84–162
Michael Robertson, Stillwater, OK – 76-86–162
Carter Cook, Goldsby, OK – 85-77–162
Ben Pennington, Edmond, OK – 83-79–162
Charles Tidwell, Edmond, OK – 79-84–163
Griffin Klingman, Edmond, OK – 79-84–163
Andrew Hansen, Piedmont, OK – 82-81–163
Everett Strickland, Edmond, OK – 82-81–163
Nate Seres, Edmond, OK – 82-81–163
Grant Maher, Tuttle, OK – 84-80–164
Jett Cooper, Stroud, OK – 80-84–164
Gabe Jones, Enid, OK – 86-79–165
Harper Nance, Edmond, OK – 80-86–166
Carson Nance, Edmond, OK – 84-82–166
Truman Brown, Tulsa, OK – 89-77–166
Cooper Harris, Stillwater, OK – 86-81–167
Rhett Dobbins, Thomas, OK – 86-83–169
Gavin Martinez, Guymon, OK – 86-83–169
Noah Campbell, Broken Arrow, OK – 79-90–169
Brody Henderson, Edmond, OK – 87-83–170
Ethan Evans, Nichols Hills, OK – 87-85–172
Jude Banks, Norman, OK – 87-86–173
Hayes Gladhill, Norman, OK – 85-88–173
Ty McIlvoy, Choctaw, OK – 86-89–175
Micah Shadid, Edmond, OK – 86-89–175
Hayes Venk, Norman, OK – 92-84–176
Jake Herbert, Lawton, OK – 91-94–185
Jackson Lamb, Owasso, OK – WD-WD–WD
Trey Bishop, Oklahoma City, OK – DQ-DQ–DQ

Natalie Blonien, Altus, OK – 69-71–140
Juliana Hong, Norman, OK – 74-69–143
Rylee Roberts, Edmond, OK – 76-70–146
Cara Cummins, Oklahoma City, OK – 76-70–146
Evyn Cannon, Edmond, OK – 74-73–147
Harlow Gregory, Norman, OK – 78-69–147
Megan Kalapura, Tulsa, OK – 75-73–148
Syrah Javed, Norman, OK – 73-75–148
Sophia Lefler, Tulsa, OK – 77-73–150
Nikki Pitts, Stillwater, OK – 76-75–151
Peyton Coburn, Broken Arrow, OK – 76-75–151
Meredith Colby, Edmond, OK – 80-72–152
Reagan Plank, Owasso, OK – 79-76–155
Abbie Justiz, Arcadia, OK – 80-75–155
McKenna Tatum, Edmond, OK – 79-77–156
Kate Moore, Tulsa, OK – 84-75–159
Elle Daniels, Prague, OK – 82-79–161
Lorelai Efaw, Tulsa, OK – 81-80–161
Kate Dixon, Tulsa, OK – 83-84–167
Kennedy Parker, Perkins, OK – 84-83–167
Kate Koehn, Edmond, OK – 84-83–167
Lauren Dage, Edmond, OK – 88-82–170
Natalie Purvis, Edmond, OK – 89-81–170
Brooklyn Bowman, Jenks, OK – 85-87–172
Gabriella Gross, Oklahoma City, OK – 82-93–175
Tori Kirberger, Jenks, OK – 88-87–175
McCall Smith, Edmond, OK – 99-113–212

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