Amateur roundup: Amateurs steal OK Open spotlight

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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The Oklahoma Open began Aug. 23 with a high-school junior taking a two-shot lead. It ended with a different amateur taking home the title. Regardless, the amateurs stole the show.

Recent Tulsa University graduate Chris Worrell shot a final-round 3-under 67 to close out a miraculous run at Oak Tree National’s East Course. Worrell capitalized on a second-round 64 that gave him the lead entering the final round.

Worrell might have taken home the hardware, but Thomas Johnson was the early story after opening with 8-under 62 for a two-shot lead. Johnson will begin his junior year at Norman North High School this fall. He finished the event in 12th place after shooting 70-75 over the weekend.

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Coburn knocks off defending champion to win SCGA Public Links Championship: Jeff Coburn called this weekend’s win at the Southern California Public Links Championship “definitely [his] biggest SCGA victory to date.” Coburn matched defending champion Dan Sullivan’s final-round 69 to maintain his one-stroke advantage.

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Young wins Virginia Public Links on 18th hole: Roanoke’s Justin Young rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s Green Course 18th to complete a dramatic final match at the 10th Virginia Public Links Championship. He claimed a 1-up victory over Jimmy Delp.

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Horsley wins Mississippi Senior Amateur by five: Seven players shared the Mississippi Senior Amateur lead after Day 1. Only one remained on Sunday. Stewart Horsley, who was among those seven players with a first-round 73 at Tunica National, finished the tournament at 1-under 215, a 54-hole total that included a tournament-best 69 on Saturday.

Horsley was the only player under par after 54 holes.

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Stevens battles conditions to win High Plains Amateur: Wind gusts exceeded 20 mph for the duration of the High Plains Amateur, but Charlie Stevens fought through those conditions for a victory at Southwind Country Club. Stevens posted consecutive rounds of 1-over 72 to win the event by two shots.

First-round leader Jack Courington followed his 70 with a 76 on Sunday to finish in a tie for second with Sam Stevens.

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Antioch native De Los Reyes wins Antioch City by four: Jonathan De Los Reyes, a senior at St. Mary’s College, followed up his first-round 67 with a second-round 64, going wire-to-wire at the Antioch City Amateur Championship.

De Los Reyes, who is a native of Antioch, tore up Lone Tree Golf Course over the weekend, fending off a hoard of talented Northern California amateurs.

Mitchell Martin, who was tied with De Los Reyes after Saturday’s first round, shot 68 to take solo second.

De Los Reyes’ new teammate Cody Robinson finished third, going 69-68. Robinson transferred to St. Mary’s after two seasons at Washington State University. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.