Espinosa sinks par putt on the last hole to claim victory
EDMOND, Okla. Robert Streb of Edmond, Okla., fired a final-round 71 to capture the Boys Division title in the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. First-round leader Colton Williams of Jacksboro, Texas, made a late charge with a final-round 69, but finished five shots off the lead.
Lauren Espinosa of Hickory Creek, Texas, shot a 1-over-par 36 on the back nine and made a six-foot putt on the final hole to win the Girls Division by one shot over Heather Wright of Houston, Texas.
The OSSO Junior at Oak Tree is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Tree Country Clubs East Course. The tournament features 142 players, ages 12-18, from 15 states, including 59 from Oklahoma and 39 from Texas.
Severe weather rolled through Oklahoma early in the morning, resulting in a suspension of play at
When the storms finally subsided, the Boys and Girls Divisions were re-paired for shotgun starts. The girls final round was reduced to nine holes and began at while the boys played their final 18 holes beginning at
Streb slowly built a lead over William Kropp of Edmond, Okla., over the front nine. The duo had been tied for the lead entering the day, but consistent play allowed Streb to pull away.
I hit the ball really well and made a few putts, said Streb, whose previous best AJGA finish was a seventh-place finish in the 2003 OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. I play the course all the time almost every day so it helped knowing where to hit the ball. You have to pick your places out here.
Kropp finished in third at 220 along with Vincent Nadeau of Edmond, Okla. Matthew Rubis of Fargo, N.D., was fifth at 222.
In the Girls Division, Espinosa and Wright began the day tied for the lead, and after battling Oak Tree Country Clubs East Course, remained deadlocked standing on the tee at the 156-yard par-3 17th hole.
After Espinosa made par and Wright made bogey, the duo attacked the par-4 18th hole.
Wright missed the green in regulation, but managed to roll in a lengthy par putt. After sliding her birdie attempt past the hole, Espinosa calmly rolled in the par putt for the win.
I just told myself I could to it, said Espinosa, a second-team Polo Golf All-American. Ive been so close. I was second at the AJGA Lubbock Junior this is the third time Ive been really close, so its nice to finally do it.
Michaela Cavener of Tulsa, Okla., finished alone in third place with a total of 184.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
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EDMOND, Okla. Final results from the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Tree Country Club -East Course. Par: Boys: 35-3570 Girls: 35-3570. Yardage: Boys: 7,010 Girls: 5,849 (The Girls Final Round was Shortened to Nine Holes Due to Weather)
Robert Streb, Edmond, Okla.70-72-71213
Colton Williams, Jacksboro, Texas67-82-69218
Vincent Nadeau, Edmond, Okla.74-75-71220
William Kropp, Edmond, Okla.69-73-78220
Matthew Rubis, Fargo, N.D.72-74-76222
Jordan Cook, Edmond, Okla.79-71-73223
Andrew Carroll, Little Rock, Ark.76-76-72224
J.T. Hoffman, Alpharetta, Ga.77-73-74224
Robert Laird, Tulsa, Okla.73-76-75224
Jeff Campbell, Conway, Ark.78-75-72225
Trent Whitekiller, Sallisaw, Okla.75-75-75225
Austin Bowman, Pryor, Okla.71-76-78225
Jonathan Myers, Ponca City, Okla.73-72-80225
Kell Shenep, Little Rock, Ark.77-74-75226
Jeff Cox, Norman, Okla.75-75-76226
Phillip Bryan, Mustang, Okla.74-73-79226
Luke Symons, Lone Tree, Colo.77-78-71226
Blaine Butner, Wewoka, Okla.72-76-79227
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, Texas72-76-79227
Brian Mason, Dallas, Texas79-78-71228
Jason Turner, Little Rock, Ark.74-77-77228
DaltonOwens, Mount Vernon, Mo.76-78-75229
Justin Davidson, Haslet, Texas78-76-75229
Tyler Trout, Leawood, Kan.79-77-74230
Michael Lee, Oklahoma City, Okla.78-77-75230
Jordan Woolf, Arlington, Texas73-78-79230
Dodge Kemmer, Wichita, Kan.75-78-77230
Justin Bond, Rockwall, Texas71-83-76230
Blake Hughey, Plano, Texas77-77-76230
Drew Allenspach, Sugarland, Texas77-77-76230
Blake Chrisman, Tulsa, Okla.75-77-79231
Brent Potts, Broken Arrow, Okla.73-80-78231
Hunter Buwick, Norman, Okla.73-76-82231
Owen Lindsey, Mustang, Okla.78-76-77231
Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla.81-77-74232
Nathan Chambers, Purcell, Okla.78-74-80232
Heejoo Son, Torrance, Calif.73-80-79232
Brandon Eaton, Houston, Texas80-73-80233
Michael Mullin, Austin, Texas83-76-75234
Shane Pearce, Carrollton, Texas80-75-79234
Nick Williams, New Braunfels, Texas80-72-82234
Colby Ricks, Blanchard, Okla.75-78-81234
Kellen Mackey, Garland, Texas82-79-74235
Matt Monday, Greenwood, Ark.79-80-76235
Dax Clark, Shawnee, Okla.83-76-76235
Paul Hobbs, Edmond, Okla.75-77-83235
Richard Lash, Albuquerque, N.M.85-77-74236
Landon Morrow, Lubbock, Texas76-80-80236
Mark Johnson, Tulsa, Okla.80-75-81236
Austin Quinten, Sand Springs, Okla.74-85-78237
Hunter Muzny, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-81-79237
Jason Cuthbertson, Conway, Ark.77-77-83237
Praneeth Perera, Carrollton, Texas74-80-83237
Evan Sparkman, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-82-79238
Ryan Byk, Austin, Texas79-80-79238
Tony Melton, Marionville, Mo.74-81-83238
Bennett Klaus, Edmond, Okla.77-75-86238
Cameron Meyers, Edmond, Okla.80-82-77239
Andrew Hopkins V, Maumelle, Ark.83-76-80239
Chad Kennard, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-77-85239
Ben Alvarez, Mount Vernon, Mo.78-84-78240
Will Griffin, San Antonio, Texas85-78-77240
Travis Woolf, Arlington, Texas81-78-81240
Michael Jones, Norman, Okla.78-81-81240
Shaun O'Meara, Windermere, Fla.83-79-79241
Tyler Darden, Lubbock, Texas78-82-81241
Miles Seybert, Perryton, Texas84-76-81241
Tyler Hunt, Bixby, Okla.85-81-76242
Terence Begnel, Tulsa, Okla.77-82-83242
Andrew Grider, Edmond, Okla.84-77-82243
Tyler Rody, Andover, Kan.80-78-85243
J.T. Smith, Deer Park, Texas80-77-86243
Luke Dillard, Wichita Falls, Texas79-82-83244
Preston Wilkins, Tulsa, Okla.76-88-80244
Benjamin Marney, Wichita, Kan.78-81-85244
Ben Denton, Sapulpa, Okla.84-85-75244
Ryan Smith, Ardmore, Okla.80-81-84245
Ben Bench, Oklahoma City, Okla.83-83-79245
David Poggi, Layton, Utah80-80-85245
Dillon Jordan, Ardmore, Okla.81-80-85246
Stephen Evans, Tulsa, Okla.84-83-79246
Gabriel George, Salisbury, Mo.79-82-87248
Brennen Hughes, Mico, Texas87-80-81248
Tyler Newton, Willow Springs, Mo.83-86-79248
Clay Ferguson, Edmond, Okla.83-82-84249
Mitchell Van Zelfden, Marietta, Ga.87-79-83249
Geoffrey Shaw, Edmond, Okla.82-86-81249
Cade Lewis, Tulsa, Okla.78-89-83250
Clark Mitzner, McKinney, Texas92-81-77250
Brad Sumrall, Georgetown, Texas79-87-85251
Jay Matush, Belton, Texas84-85-82251
Michael Cox, Fort Collins, Colo.84-84-84252
Joseph Vahlberg, Norman, Okla.87-84-81252
Matt Charlson, Ninnekah, Okla.80-83-90253
Nathan Sheen, Amarillo, Texas84-81-88253
Aaron Ruiz, Oklahoma City, Okla.83-84-86253
Robert Shannon, Midway, Utah85-85-83253
Drew Knight, Edmond, Okla.85-85-84254
Brian Sullivan, Austin, Texas88-83-84255
Christopher Banton, New Orleans, La.89-83-86258
Teal Twaddle, Maryville, Mo.92-80-88260
Matt Jasinski, Maryville, Mo.86-86-93265
Charlo Riney, Little Rock, Ark.90-97-86273
Eric Schneider, Edmond, Okla.91-96-87274
Matthew Gabbard, Greenwood, Ark.95-94-92281
Matthew Natividad, Bentonville, Ark.DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Preston Kerr, Dallas, Texas89WD (Illness)
Corey Hartley, Spring, Texas84-79WD
Albert Suarez IV, Grapevine, Texas87-74WD (Injury)
Matthew Oates, Diboll, Texas85-85WD
Jeffrey Chen, Walnut, Calif.75-84WD
Walter Koelbel, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.74-83WD
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