Tatum, Rennie are 2024 Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame scholarship recipients

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The job of the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame scholarship committee never gets easier. Every year the committee is overwhelmed by the quality of applicants applying for the two $5,000 scholarships it awards annually.

This year was no different as there were outstanding applicants from throughout the state. Which should make the 2024 recipients – McKenna Tatum of Edmond and Karston Rennie of Pauls Valley – all the more proud of their accomplishments.

“It’s pleasing to see the results of dedication, commitment and hard work of all of the applicants,” said Lew Erickson, chair of the scholarship committee. “Karston and McKenna have a wonderful future in front of them, ambitious too! “

Tatum carried a 4.33 grade point average while earning Valedictorian honors at Edmond Memorial,. She did that while playing in the No. 1 spot for the golf team and taking part in a host of charitable activities. She will enter the University of Arkansas this fall majoring in biology with a goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.

Like Rennie, Tatum was introduced to golf by her father and plans to play competitive golf well into the future. She began her career in South Central Section Junior Tour events, played in U.S. Kids and 45 Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour events as well as high school golf, and Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association tournaments.

Rennie’s career in golf is similar but really just getting started. This fall he will enroll in the Professional Golf Management program at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., with the goal of becoming a PGA professional.

Rennie started playing with his father Nick at the age of four and it’s been a love affair ever since. He spends his summers working at the nine-hole Pauls Valley Golf Course, learning every aspect from running the pro shop to serving on the maintenance crew. The four-year starter for Pauls Valley also loves the competition, whether in high school, OJGT or PGA section events.

“I love the competitive nature of the game,” Rennie said. “I’ve been competitive my whole life, and I love team sports like baseball as well. But in golf it’s on you and I like seeing how I can stand up to the pressure.”

The two will be recognized at the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Classic Oct. 7 at Oak Tree National in Edmond. There are still openings for sponsors and teams in the event which raises funds to support the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame and its mission to honor and recognize those who have contributed to the sport as well as the two annual scholarships. For more information or to enter please click here.

– Ken MacLeod


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