Six named to Edmond Junior Golf Hall of Fame

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Six former Edmond greats were inducted into the Edmond Junior Golf Hall of Fame Saturday.

Honored were Chandler Rusk (Edmond North, 2009), Aubree Vaughan (Edmond Memorial, 2008), Kylie Bollenbach Boaz (Edmond Memorial, 2008), Drew Dorsey (Edmond Santa Fe, 2009), Andrew Green (Edmond Santa Fe, 2008) and Ben Klaus (Edmond North, 2007). Also recognized was the 1991 Edmond Memorial Team in the Great Teams from the Past category.

Brian Soerensen, director of golf at Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond, was master of ceremonies for the induction. The Edmond Junior Golf Hall of Fame is administered and operated by director Steven Steele.

Chandler Rusk

Rusk moved to Edmond in eighth grade near Coffee Creek GC, where he benefitted from the tutelage of pros Scot Smelser and Greg Warren. He still holds the Coffee Creek record of 63.

Rusk helped lead Edmond North to Class 6A titles in his junior and senior years. He finished fourth as a junior and tied for first as a senior at Emerald Falls, losing the individual title in a playoff.  Only Kevin Tway has posted a lower stroke average than Rusk’s 70.33 his senior season. In 23 events he had 18 top-10 finishes, 16 top fives, 11 top threes and one win.  He had nine rounds of 69 or better with three of those being 67’s.
Aubree Vaughan

Vaughan played in 44 events for the Lady Bulldogs , with three victories, 19 top-five finishes and 26 top-10s. To cap her illustrious career, she helped lead Edmond Memorial to the Class 6A state championship at River Oaks Country Club her senior year.
Vaughan was a four-time all-conference selection and a Bill Nicklas Scholarship Award recipient. She played collegiate golf at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. Where she was a two-time Academic All-American.  She was runnerup in the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship in 2011.

Kylie Bollenbach Boaz

A dominant high school career included 18 wins, 50 top-5 finishes and 68 top-10s in 77 starts. She and best friend Vaughan helped lead Edmond Memorial to the state championship in 2009.

Her high school career stroke average of 78.06 in 106 rounds is one of the lowest in school history.  A four-time Daily Oklahoman Metro Area All-City First Team  member, she took third individually in the 2007 6A championship.

Bollenbach Boaz played collegiately at Oral Roberts University, where she was a four year starter and twice was named to the Summit League All-Conference First Team . She helped lead the Golden Eagles to four consecutive league titles.

Drew Dorsey

Dorsey was a four-year letterman at Santa Fe and played in all 77 events his team had during his high school career.  He won two high school tournaments, both in his junior year. He placed fifth at the 2007 6A State Championship at the Oaks CC firing 71-76 in the rain shortened event.  In the 2008 6A State Tourney he finished third at Lincoln Park GC with a 72-70-75.  He made All-Conference four years, was "All Edmond" his junior and senior years, was on the Daily Oklahoman "All City" honorable mention team his sophomore year and on the second team his junior year.  Drew made a 4.0 GPA his senior year and was a recipient of a Bill Nicklas Scholarship award.  His high school stroke average was 75.2, with a low of 73.9 his junior year.

Ben Klaus

During his junior career, Klaus was toughened by competition with fellow Hall of Famers Will Kropp, Kevin Tway, Robert Streb and Geoff Shaw on a daily basis. At Edmond North, he played 34 events, had 22 top 10’s, 16 top-fives and two wins. He has some of the lowest rounds ever shot in school history including 6-under 66 in the 2006 Ada Tournament of Champions and again in the 2007 Metro Conference Tournament.  His career scoring average of 74.38 ranks eighth in school history and his 2007 average of 70.83 ranks fourth lowest for a season in school history.

 Klaus played in the Class 6A State Championship his freshman and senior years and was an integral part of the Edmond North dynasty that started winning 6A Titles in 2005 and went on a 10 year title run through 2014 for Coach Jeff Doherty

Klaus played at Vanderbilt from 2007 to 2009, suffering a Achilles tendon injury as a sophomore. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma in the spring of 2010.  He then had a stress fracture in his wrist and missed seven more months, but did record a second-place finish. He played mini tours from 2012 to 2014.

Andrew Green

The 6-foot-8 Green was the South Central PGA Junior Player of the Year in 2006. In high school, he captured third place in difficult conditions at the Class 6A state championship at the Oaks Country Club as a junior.

Green won the Oklahoma Golf Association Junior State Amateur in 2008 and then finished second at the OGA State Amateur. He won two high school events and was runnerup in the 2007 OGA Junior.

Green played collegiate golf at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he won three tournament titles and was a two-time All-America selection. He has been playing professionally since college and has battled back from several back injuries.

1991 Edmond Memorial Boys Team

The 1991 Bulldogs won the third of five straight state championships at the Oak Tree CC East Course for coach Rick Leath.  They were anchored by senior Chris Edgmon and junior Dustin York.  Edgmon was the state medalist, firing a 75-69-70–214. Junior Will Moore shot 67 in the second round to aid the Bulldogs.
Edgmon had 13 high school victories in an amazing career. Sophomore Jay Tewell ended his career with five tourney wins, York had four and Moore had a victory.  All four are in the Edmond Junior Golf Hall of Fame.  Senior Rob Land had a good run at conference, regionals and the state tournament that year to contribute as well.  Land went on to attend college at New Mexico State and is currently Director of Golf at Karsten Creek Golf Club.

Edmond shot a three round total of 907 to outdistance second place Enid at 927 and third place Stillwater at 931.  The Dogs’ won 10 of 11 tournaments that season, making their record 126-2-0. The team celebrated by throwing assistant coach Mike McGraw into the pond on the ninth hole near the scoreboard and they had a nice celebration party in the clubhouse hosted by then Oak Tree General Manager Hugh Edgmon.

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