Espinosa sinks par putt on the last hole to claim victory
EDMOND, Okla. โ 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 Clubโs 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.
โI hit the ball really well and made a few putts,โ said Streb, whose previous best AJGA finish was a seventh-place finish in the 2003 OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. โI play the course all the time โ almost every day โ so it helped knowing where to hit the ball. You have to pick your places out here.โ
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 Clubโs 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.
โI just told myself I could to it,โ said Espinosa, a second-team Polo Golf All-American. โIโve been so close. I was second at the AJGA Lubbock Junior โ this is the third time Iโve been really close, so itโs nice to finally do it.โ
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.
Titleist, the AJGAโs National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationโs success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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.
For more information about the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree, call national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
EDMOND, Okla. โ 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: 35-35โ70 Girls: 35-35โ70. Yardage: Boys: 7,010 Girls: 5,849 (The Girls Final Round was Shortened to Nine Holes Due to Weather)
Robert Streb, Edmond, Okla.70-72-71โ213
Colton Williams, Jacksboro, Texas67-82-69โ218
Vincent Nadeau, Edmond, Okla.74-75-71โ220
William Kropp, Edmond, Okla.69-73-78โ220
Matthew Rubis, Fargo, N.D.72-74-76โ222
Jordan Cook, Edmond, Okla.79-71-73โ223
Andrew Carroll, Little Rock, Ark.76-76-72โ224
J.T. Hoffman, Alpharetta, Ga.77-73-74โ224
Robert Laird, Tulsa, Okla.73-76-75โ224
Jeff Campbell, Conway, Ark.78-75-72โ225
Trent Whitekiller, Sallisaw, Okla.75-75-75โ225
Austin Bowman, Pryor, Okla.71-76-78โ225
Jonathan Myers, Ponca City, Okla.73-72-80โ225
Kell Shenep, Little Rock, Ark.77-74-75โ226
Jeff Cox, Norman, Okla.75-75-76โ226
Phillip Bryan, Mustang, Okla.74-73-79โ226
Luke Symons, Lone Tree, Colo.77-78-71โ226
Blaine Butner, Wewoka, Okla.72-76-79โ227
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, Texas72-76-79โ227
Brian Mason, Dallas, Texas79-78-71โ228
Jason Turner, Little Rock, Ark.74-77-77โ228
DaltonOwens, Mount Vernon, Mo.76-78-75โ229
Justin Davidson, Haslet, Texas78-76-75โ229
Tyler Trout, Leawood, Kan.79-77-74โ230
Michael Lee, Oklahoma City, Okla.78-77-75โ230
Jordan Woolf, Arlington, Texas73-78-79โ230
Dodge Kemmer, Wichita, Kan.75-78-77โ230
Justin Bond, Rockwall, Texas71-83-76โ230
Blake Hughey, Plano, Texas77-77-76โ230
Drew Allenspach, Sugarland, Texas77-77-76โ230
Blake Chrisman, Tulsa, Okla.75-77-79โ231
Brent Potts, Broken Arrow, Okla.73-80-78โ231
Hunter Buwick, Norman, Okla.73-76-82โ231
Owen Lindsey, Mustang, Okla.78-76-77โ231
Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla.81-77-74โ232
Nathan Chambers, Purcell, Okla.78-74-80โ232
Heejoo Son, Torrance, Calif.73-80-79โ232
Brandon Eaton, Houston, Texas80-73-80โ233
Michael Mullin, Austin, Texas83-76-75โ234
Shane Pearce, Carrollton, Texas80-75-79โ234
Nick Williams, New Braunfels, Texas80-72-82โ234
Colby Ricks, Blanchard, Okla.75-78-81โ234
Kellen Mackey, Garland, Texas82-79-74โ235
Matt Monday, Greenwood, Ark.79-80-76โ235
Dax Clark, Shawnee, Okla.83-76-76โ235
Paul Hobbs, Edmond, Okla.75-77-83โ235
Richard Lash, Albuquerque, N.M.85-77-74โ236
Landon Morrow, Lubbock, Texas76-80-80โ236
Mark Johnson, Tulsa, Okla.80-75-81โ236
Austin Quinten, Sand Springs, Okla.74-85-78โ237
Hunter Muzny, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-81-79โ237
Jason Cuthbertson, Conway, Ark.77-77-83โ237
Praneeth Perera, Carrollton, Texas74-80-83โ237
Evan Sparkman, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-82-79โ238
Ryan Byk, Austin, Texas79-80-79โ238
Tony Melton, Marionville, Mo.74-81-83โ238
Bennett Klaus, Edmond, Okla.77-75-86โ238
Cameron Meyers, Edmond, Okla.80-82-77โ239
Andrew Hopkins V, Maumelle, Ark.83-76-80โ239
Chad Kennard, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-77-85โ239
Ben Alvarez, Mount Vernon, Mo.78-84-78โ240
Will Griffin, San Antonio, Texas85-78-77โ240
Travis Woolf, Arlington, Texas81-78-81โ240
Michael Jones, Norman, Okla.78-81-81โ240
Shaun O'Meara, Windermere, Fla.83-79-79โ241
Tyler Darden, Lubbock, Texas78-82-81โ241
Miles Seybert, Perryton, Texas84-76-81โ241
Tyler Hunt, Bixby, Okla.85-81-76โ242
Terence Begnel, Tulsa, Okla.77-82-83โ242
Andrew Grider, Edmond, Okla.84-77-82โ243
Tyler Rody, Andover, Kan.80-78-85โ243
J.T. Smith, Deer Park, Texas80-77-86โ243
Luke Dillard, Wichita Falls, Texas79-82-83โ244
Preston Wilkins, Tulsa, Okla.76-88-80โ244
Benjamin Marney, Wichita, Kan.78-81-85โ244
Ben Denton, Sapulpa, Okla.84-85-75โ244
Ryan Smith, Ardmore, Okla.80-81-84โ245
Ben Bench, Oklahoma City, Okla.83-83-79โ245
David Poggi, Layton, Utah80-80-85โ245
Dillon Jordan, Ardmore, Okla.81-80-85โ246
Stephen Evans, Tulsa, Okla.84-83-79โ246
Gabriel George, Salisbury, Mo.79-82-87โ248
Brennen Hughes, Mico, Texas87-80-81โ248
Tyler Newton, Willow Springs, Mo.83-86-79โ248
Clay Ferguson, Edmond, Okla.83-82-84โ249
Mitchell Van Zelfden, Marietta, Ga.87-79-83โ249
Geoffrey Shaw, Edmond, Okla.82-86-81โ249
Cade Lewis, Tulsa, Okla.78-89-83โ250
Clark Mitzner, McKinney, Texas92-81-77โ250
Brad Sumrall, Georgetown, Texas79-87-85โ251
Jay Matush, Belton, Texas84-85-82โ251
Michael Cox, Fort Collins, Colo.84-84-84โ252
Joseph Vahlberg, Norman, Okla.87-84-81โ252
Matt Charlson, Ninnekah, Okla.80-83-90โ253
Nathan Sheen, Amarillo, Texas84-81-88โ253
Aaron Ruiz, Oklahoma City, Okla.83-84-86โ253
Robert Shannon, Midway, Utah85-85-83โ253
Drew Knight, Edmond, Okla.85-85-84โ254
Brian Sullivan, Austin, Texas88-83-84โ255
Christopher Banton, New Orleans, La.89-83-86โ258
Teal Twaddle, Maryville, Mo.92-80-88โ260
Matt Jasinski, Maryville, Mo.86-86-93โ265
Charlo Riney, Little Rock, Ark.90-97-86โ273
Eric Schneider, Edmond, Okla.91-96-87โ274
Matthew Gabbard, Greenwood, Ark.95-94-92โ281
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
Michael Civerolo, Albuquerque, N.M.84-92WD
Alex Osborne, Sherman Oaks, Calif.107-99WD
Lauren Espinosa, Hickory Creek, Texas74-71-36โ181
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