Historic Southern Hills Country Club will roll out the red carpet for a select group of Oklahoma junior golfers when the Oklahoma Junior Masters is held June 15.
The new event is another that is being held to help Oklahoma juniors make up for many lost events including their high school season, early AJGA events and the cancellation of the U.S. Junior Amateurs and other top amateur events.
The Oklahoma Junior Masters has invited 36 junior boys, 11 girls and 12 collegiate players who are alumni of the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, including stars such as Quade Cummins of the Oklahoma Sooners and Austin Eckroat of Oklahoma State University.
The event was proposed by Scott Mabrey, a banker and Southern Hills board member and also father of junior golfer Drew Mabrey. Southern Hills’ board enthusiastically welcomed the idea.
Cary Cozby, director of golf at Southern Hills, said the field was selected in conjunction with Morri Rose, who runs the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour for the Oklahoma Golf Association. Rose used a combination of points earned in OGJT events and national rankings to make his recommendations to Southern Hills for the invitations.
The 4-1 ratio of boys to girls invited will hopefully even out in future years but now represents a similar ratio to the number of male to female entrants in the OGA Boys and Girls Junior Championship currently being played at Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond
Cozby said the club may decide to make it an annual event but nothing is firm at this time.
“We’re really grateful to Southern Hills for providing this opportunity for the junior players,” Rose said. “Everyone is very excited.”
It will be the first time at Southern Hills for many of the state’s top players, including Jordan Wilson of Edmond, the defending OGA State Amateur champion, Class 6A boys champion (2019) and also the winner of two events this spring (OJGT at Shawnee and Oak Tree Junior Classic.)
“It’s going to be a thrill to get to play there,” Wilson said.
Southern Hills has hosted seven major championships and has the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2021 and the PGA Championship in 2030 on its future schedule.