Espinosa sinks par putt on the last hole to claim victory
EDMOND, Okla. β 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 Clubβs 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.
βI hit the ball really well and made a few putts,β said Streb, whose previous best AJGA finish was a seventh-place finish in the 2003 OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. βI play the course all the time β almost every day β so it helped knowing where to hit the ball. You have to pick your places out here.β
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 Clubβs 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.
βI just told myself I could to it,β said Espinosa, a second-team Polo Golf All-American. βIβve been so close. I was second at the AJGA Lubbock Junior β this is the third time Iβve been really close, so itβs nice to finally do it.β
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 AJGAβs National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationβs 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. β 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: 35-35β70 Girls: 35-35β70. Yardage: Boys: 7,010 Girls: 5,849 (The Girls Final Round was Shortened to Nine Holes Due to Weather)
Robert Streb, Edmond, Okla.70-72-71β213
Colton Williams, Jacksboro, Texas67-82-69β218
Vincent Nadeau, Edmond, Okla.74-75-71β220
William Kropp, Edmond, Okla.69-73-78β220
Matthew Rubis, Fargo, N.D.72-74-76β222
Jordan Cook, Edmond, Okla.79-71-73β223
Andrew Carroll, Little Rock, Ark.76-76-72β224
J.T. Hoffman, Alpharetta, Ga.77-73-74β224
Robert Laird, Tulsa, Okla.73-76-75β224
Jeff Campbell, Conway, Ark.78-75-72β225
Trent Whitekiller, Sallisaw, Okla.75-75-75β225
Austin Bowman, Pryor, Okla.71-76-78β225
Jonathan Myers, Ponca City, Okla.73-72-80β225
Kell Shenep, Little Rock, Ark.77-74-75β226
Jeff Cox, Norman, Okla.75-75-76β226
Phillip Bryan, Mustang, Okla.74-73-79β226
Luke Symons, Lone Tree, Colo.77-78-71β226
Blaine Butner, Wewoka, Okla.72-76-79β227
Anthony Broussard, Beaumont, Texas72-76-79β227
Brian Mason, Dallas, Texas79-78-71β228
Jason Turner, Little Rock, Ark.74-77-77β228
DaltonOwens, Mount Vernon, Mo.76-78-75β229
Justin Davidson, Haslet, Texas78-76-75β229
Tyler Trout, Leawood, Kan.79-77-74β230
Michael Lee, Oklahoma City, Okla.78-77-75β230
Jordan Woolf, Arlington, Texas73-78-79β230
Dodge Kemmer, Wichita, Kan.75-78-77β230
Justin Bond, Rockwall, Texas71-83-76β230
Blake Hughey, Plano, Texas77-77-76β230
Drew Allenspach, Sugarland, Texas77-77-76β230
Blake Chrisman, Tulsa, Okla.75-77-79β231
Brent Potts, Broken Arrow, Okla.73-80-78β231
Hunter Buwick, Norman, Okla.73-76-82β231
Owen Lindsey, Mustang, Okla.78-76-77β231
Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla.81-77-74β232
Nathan Chambers, Purcell, Okla.78-74-80β232
Heejoo Son, Torrance, Calif.73-80-79β232
Brandon Eaton, Houston, Texas80-73-80β233
Michael Mullin, Austin, Texas83-76-75β234
Shane Pearce, Carrollton, Texas80-75-79β234
Nick Williams, New Braunfels, Texas80-72-82β234
Colby Ricks, Blanchard, Okla.75-78-81β234
Kellen Mackey, Garland, Texas82-79-74β235
Matt Monday, Greenwood, Ark.79-80-76β235
Dax Clark, Shawnee, Okla.83-76-76β235
Paul Hobbs, Edmond, Okla.75-77-83β235
Richard Lash, Albuquerque, N.M.85-77-74β236
Landon Morrow, Lubbock, Texas76-80-80β236
Mark Johnson, Tulsa, Okla.80-75-81β236
Austin Quinten, Sand Springs, Okla.74-85-78β237
Hunter Muzny, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-81-79β237
Jason Cuthbertson, Conway, Ark.77-77-83β237
Praneeth Perera, Carrollton, Texas74-80-83β237
Evan Sparkman, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-82-79β238
Ryan Byk, Austin, Texas79-80-79β238
Tony Melton, Marionville, Mo.74-81-83β238
Bennett Klaus, Edmond, Okla.77-75-86β238
Cameron Meyers, Edmond, Okla.80-82-77β239
Andrew Hopkins V, Maumelle, Ark.83-76-80β239
Chad Kennard, Oklahoma City, Okla.77-77-85β239
Ben Alvarez, Mount Vernon, Mo.78-84-78β240
Will Griffin, San Antonio, Texas85-78-77β240
Travis Woolf, Arlington, Texas81-78-81β240
Michael Jones, Norman, Okla.78-81-81β240
Shaun O'Meara, Windermere, Fla.83-79-79β241
Tyler Darden, Lubbock, Texas78-82-81β241
Miles Seybert, Perryton, Texas84-76-81β241
Tyler Hunt, Bixby, Okla.85-81-76β242
Terence Begnel, Tulsa, Okla.77-82-83β242
Andrew Grider, Edmond, Okla.84-77-82β243
Tyler Rody, Andover, Kan.80-78-85β243
J.T. Smith, Deer Park, Texas80-77-86β243
Luke Dillard, Wichita Falls, Texas79-82-83β244
Preston Wilkins, Tulsa, Okla.76-88-80β244
Benjamin Marney, Wichita, Kan.78-81-85β244
Ben Denton, Sapulpa, Okla.84-85-75β244
Ryan Smith, Ardmore, Okla.80-81-84β245
Ben Bench, Oklahoma City, Okla.83-83-79β245
David Poggi, Layton, Utah80-80-85β245
Dillon Jordan, Ardmore, Okla.81-80-85β246
Stephen Evans, Tulsa, Okla.84-83-79β246
Gabriel George, Salisbury, Mo.79-82-87β248
Brennen Hughes, Mico, Texas87-80-81β248
Tyler Newton, Willow Springs, Mo.83-86-79β248
Clay Ferguson, Edmond, Okla.83-82-84β249
Mitchell Van Zelfden, Marietta, Ga.87-79-83β249
Geoffrey Shaw, Edmond, Okla.82-86-81β249
Cade Lewis, Tulsa, Okla.78-89-83β250
Clark Mitzner, McKinney, Texas92-81-77β250
Brad Sumrall, Georgetown, Texas79-87-85β251
Jay Matush, Belton, Texas84-85-82β251
Michael Cox, Fort Collins, Colo.84-84-84β252
Joseph Vahlberg, Norman, Okla.87-84-81β252
Matt Charlson, Ninnekah, Okla.80-83-90β253
Nathan Sheen, Amarillo, Texas84-81-88β253
Aaron Ruiz, Oklahoma City, Okla.83-84-86β253
Robert Shannon, Midway, Utah85-85-83β253
Drew Knight, Edmond, Okla.85-85-84β254
Brian Sullivan, Austin, Texas88-83-84β255
Christopher Banton, New Orleans, La.89-83-86β258
Teal Twaddle, Maryville, Mo.92-80-88β260
Matt Jasinski, Maryville, Mo.86-86-93β265
Charlo Riney, Little Rock, Ark.90-97-86β273
Eric Schneider, Edmond, Okla.91-96-87β274
Matthew Gabbard, Greenwood, Ark.95-94-92β281
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, Texas74-71-36β181
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