Spaulding edges Hopper, Sides in Gateway First Bank Tulsa Junior at Cedar Ridge

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By Ken MacLeod
Photos by Bill Powell

A pair of Texans stole the show Thursday in the final round of the Gateway First Bank Tulsa Junior, an AJGA event at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow. Host Bo Van Pelt was on hand to meet many of the contestants in the tournament organized by Maggie Roller, the director of instruction at Cedar Ridge.

Matthew Spaulding of Spring, Texas, shot an even-par 71 in the final round to finish at 5-under and come away with a one-shot victory over fast-closing Jake Hopper of Norman, who birdied two of the final three holes to finish at 4-under.

In the girls division, Symran Shaw of Carrolton blazed to a final round of 7-under 64 to finish at 9-under and coast to a 12-shot victory over Britta Snyder of Ames, Iowa, who placed second at 3-over.

Matthew Spaulding of Spring, Texas.

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William Sides of Tulsa started the final round at 7-under and with a two-shot lead. He made double bogey on the opening pa4-5, but got it back with birdies at 5 and 9. He was still 7-under after a birdie on the par-4 12th, but made four bogeys in the final six holes. He was still at 4-under and just a shot back on the 18th tee, but blocked his drive to the right, leading to a final bogey and a third-place finish at 3-under.

“I just missed a bunch of putts on the final nine and didn’t play my best,” said Sides. “I really wanted to win this.”

Sides will be a junior at Cascia Hall, while Hopper will be a junior at Norman North. They waited along with Spaulding through a nearly two-hour lightning delay after playing the par-3 15th. Hopper, who has already verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma, had made double bogey on 15, but came out after the break and stuffed his approach shots to inside 5 feet on both the par-4 16th and 17th holes to get within a shot of the lead.

After a good drive, he missed the 18th green to the left and nearly chipped in for the tie. Spaulding hit the green and safely two-putted for the win.

Jordan Wilson of Edmond tied for fourth with Spaulding’s twin brother Andrew at 2-under after a final-round of 3-under 68. He made three double bogeys in his opening nine holes Tuesday and moved consistently up the board thereafter in notching his fifth consecutive top-four finish in AJGA events.

Craig Sanders of Edmond placed seventh at 4-over. Ryder Cowan of Edmond tied for 10th at 6-over.

The top finishes for Oklahomans in the girls division was a tie for fifth by Maddie Kamas of Kingfisher and Jenni Roller of Jenks at 10-over.

Complete results below.
Girls

POS.PLAYERSCORER1R2R3TOTAL
1

Symran Shah

Carrollton, Texas (2022)
-9707064204
2

Britta Snyder

Ames, Iowa (2020)
+3697275216
3

Lucy Yuan

(Canada) San Diego, Calif. (2024)
+5717374218
4

Berlin Long

Lehi, Utah (2022)
+6787071219
T5

Alexis Escobedo

Amarillo, Texas (2021)
+10737773223
T5

Maddi Kamas

Kingfisher, Okla. (2021)
+10757474223
T5

Jenni Roller

Jenks, Okla. (2022)
+10707776223
8

Bailey Dunstan

Little Rock, Ark. (2020)
+12777276225
9

Kate Tilma

Wichita, Kan. (2022)
+13747478226
10

Chaemin Kim

(South Korea) Austin, Texas (2022)
+14727382227
T11

Jessica Mason

Westminster, Colo. (2022)
+16767479229
T11

Ashley Liu

Plano, Texas (2022)
+16747778229
13

Jacqueline Nguyen

Houston, Texas (2021)
+17777974230
14

Ryann Honea

San Angelo, Texas (2022)
+18777777231
15

Audrey Rischer

Columbia, Mo. (2024)
+19787579232
16

Alexa Saldana

Mexico, Mexico (2022)
+20767780233
17

Ryan Ko

Plano, Texas (2022)
+22778078235
18

Alyssa Kurji

Dallas, Texas (2024)
+25797980238
T19

Reagan Chaney

Ardmore, Okla. (2021)
+27828177240
T19

Faith Hedges

Lawrence, Kan. (2020)
+27807585240
T21

Adrian Piles

Tulsa, Okla. (2022)
+28778282241
T21

Mallorie Luitwieler

Katy, Texas (2022)
+28808081241
23

Tori Gardner

Decatur, Texas (2024)
+44828689257
24

Brooklyn Benn

Edmond, Okla. (2022)
+48917991261
POS.PLAYERSCORER1R2R3TOTAL
1

Matthew Spaulding

Spring, Texas (2022)
-5696871208
2

Jake Hopper

Norman, Okla. (2022)
-4716969209
3

William Sides

Tulsa, Okla. (2022)
-3676875210
T4

Kaelen Dulany

Keller, Texas (2022)
-2737365211
T4

Jordan Wilson

Edmond, Okla. (2021)
-2737068211
6

Andrew Spaulding

Spring, Texas (2022)
+3737469216
7

Craig Sanders

Edmond, Okla. (2020)
+4757270217
T8

Phisher Phillips

Rogers, Ark. (2021)
+5757271218
T8

Burke Alford

Shreveport, La. (2021)
+5717473218
T10

Jay Pabin

Lucas, Texas (2021)
+6797367219
T10

Joshua German

Canton, Texas (2021)
+6767073219
T10

Ryder Cowan

Edmond, Okla. (2023)
+6757074219
T13

Brayden Strickland

Broken Arrow, Okla. (2020)
+7727573220
T13

Benjamin Stoller

Owasso, Okla. (2022)
+7717277220
T15

Daniel Moon

Temple, Texas (2022)
+8797171221
T15

James Roller

Jenks, Okla. (2020)
+8727475221
T15

Joseph Lloyd

Scottsdale, Ariz. (2021)
+8737276221
T15

Carsen Silliman

Jackson, Mo. (2021)
+8717575221
T19

Will Hennessee

Tulsa, Okla. (2024)
+9777570222
T19

Eli Ortego

Lafayette, La. (2021)
+9757770222
T19

Jack Lawlor

The Hills, Texas (2021)
+9727575222
T19

Matthew Foster

Dallas, Texas (2023)
+9757275222
T19

Christian Rischer

Columbia, Mo. (2022)
+9747276222
T24

Dominic Stevens

Crescent, Okla. (2021)
+10737872223
T24

William Mesa Falleur

Muskogee, Okla. (2022)
+10727774223
T24

Drew Mabrey

Tulsa, Okla. (2022)
+10737674223
T27

Alex Lynch

Scottsdale, Ariz. (2023)
+11748070224
T27

Christopher Park

Plano, Texas (2021)
+11757376224
T27

Jack Gero

Tulsa, Okla. (2021)
+11737576224
T27

Hayden Hall

Owasso, Okla. (2021)
+11747377224
T31

Preston Stout

Dallas, Texas (2023)
+12747774225
T31

Charlie Jackson

Norman, Okla. (2020)
+12757575225
T33

Jase Summy

Keller, Texas (2022)
+13767872226
T33

Prayaag Oruganti

Austin, Texas (2021)
+13757675226
T33

Jacob King

Boerne, Texas (2021)
+13747775226
T36

Shoichiro Kato

(Japan) Austin, Texas (2021)
+14788069227
T36

Tres Hill

Elk City, Okla. (2021)
+14777773227
T36

Matthew Smith

Oklahoma City, Okla. (2022)
+14817373227
T36

Christian Clark

Dallas, Texas (2022)
+14807176227
T36

Alex Huang

Plano, Texas (2024)
+14767576227
T41

Will Jordan

The Woodlands, Texas (2022)
+15797673228
T41

Ryan Shellberg

Prosper, Texas (2024)
+15747579228
T43

Jack Beauchamp

Westlake, Texas (2022)
+16768073229
T43

Austin Dolan

Arcadia, Okla. (2021)
+16757678229
45

Nicholas Hance

Irving, Texas (2021)
+17797378230
46

Ari Saldana

(Mexico) Arlington , Texas (2020)
+18757779231
47

Connor Hanrahan

Overland Park, Kan. (2021)
+19827575232
48

Trevor Mierl

Austin, Texas (2021)
+21758376234
49

Blake Benson

Austin, Texas (2020)
+22767881235
50

Bosten Benn

Edmond, Okla. (2020)
+24777981237
T51

Connor Adams

Dallas, Texas (2021)
+28788479241
T51

Patrick Kahanek

San Antonio, Texas (2021)
+28758185241
53

Otto Zinn

Mission Hills, Kan. (2021)
+29768086242
54

Grant Benjamin

Tulsa, Okla. (2021)
+31828280244
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