NORMAN NATIVE WINS BY ONE STROKE
Artman shoots low final round
NORMAN, Okla. â€” In a come from behind victory, Taylor Artman of Norman, Okla., fired a 3-under-par 67 on Sunday in the Medicus Preseason Junior at Norman to claim medalist honors. Artman's high school golf teammate and first round leader, Jordan Wynn of Norman, Okla., finished second.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Norman was held at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma. The par-70 course is set up at 6,357 yards for the Boys Division, which consists of 84 players from 16 states and Canada. There are 21 residents from the state of Oklahoma.
Artman, who carded a three-under-par 33 on the front-nine and Wynn, who shot an even-par on the first nine holes, were tied at one-under-par for the tournament heading into No.18. Artman, who finished before Wynn (due to an earlier tee time) bogeyed No.18. to finish with 33-34-67 for the day, and 72-67-139 for the tournament. Wynn missed a putt for birdie on No.18 to finish with 36-35-71 for the day.
â€śI was definitely rooting for him to make that putt,â€ť Artman said. â€śWe're best friends, and teammates and it would have been cool for us to tie.â€ť
Wynn, who was playing in his first AJGA event, made par on eight of his last nine holes to finish at 69-71-140 for the tournament, one stroke behind Artman.
â€śIf I had to pick someone to lose to, it would have been [Taylor],â€ť said Wynn.
Rounding out the top ten at the Medicus Presason Junior at Norman and earning one tournament exemption into an AJGA open event, were Benjamin Bach of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., with 141; Timothy Bordeaux of Tacoma, Wash., and Daniel Wood of Leander, Texas at 143; Tyler Rice of Duncan, Okla. At 144; Brandon Burke of Houston, Michael Yiu of Laguna Hills, Calif., Dillon Rust of Edmond, Okla., and Joe Doramus of Little Rock, Ark., all at 145.
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