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April 5, 2014

Henson-Pickle to face Bugg-Betchan in finals

ENID, Okla. — Walker Henson and Andy Pickle like the return to match play at the Dick Lambertz Memorial Enid City Fourball.

The former Enid High School players partnered well in upsetting top-seeded and defending champions Keith Campbell and Heath Myers 3-and-2 in the tournament semifinals Saturday at Meadowlake.

They will meet the No. 2-seeded team of Jay Betchan and Josh Bugg in the championship match at 9:07 a.m. today at Oakwood Country Club. Bugg and Betchan beat Corey Boler and Brandon Gainer 1-up in the other semifinal

“It makes it interesting,’’ Henson said. “It’s something you don’t play when you’re just messing around. It’s nice to have a different format where you can get a little more experience.’’

Henson and Pickle didn’t mess around too much as they had six birdies and only one bogey on the day in advancing to the championship match.

“We made some nice putts and we didn’t have any mess-ups,’’ Henson said. “It was pretty simple. If one of us mess up, the other would have the other’s back. They were a really good team, and it was nice to come out with a victory.’’

Campbell and Myers won the second hole with a birdie, but Henson and Pickle won Nos. 4, 6 and 7 to go 2-up. Campbell and Myers won No. 8 with a birdie to cut the lead to 1-up.

Henson and Pickle won Nos. 10 and 11 to go 3-up, only to lose No. 12. They however won No. 15 and the match ended when the teams halved No. 16.

Henson and Pickle were teammates at Enid, both graduating in 2006. Henson is the project manager at Henson Construction. Pickle now lives in Tulsa.

“We have had a lot of fun the last couple of weekends,” Henson said. “It was nice to see him and hang out. Hopefully tomorrow we can just make putts and not make any mistakes. We need to keep it to pars and birdies and make putts.”

Bugg made a 45-foot birdie putt from just off the green to halve the 18th. Betchan and Bugg conceded Boler’s five-foot birdie putt which could have sent the match into extra holes.

“Jay said ‘Did you make that?’” Bugg said with a chuckle. “Neither one of us played really well today. It is what it is ... maybe tomorrow Jay and I can finally win a Fourball.”

Betchan was late to the match because he was attending a funeral. Bugg had won the first two holes by himself with birdies.

“I think he was doing better without me,’’ Betchan said. “We were the lucky ones today, but it sure feels good to make the finals. We’re going to be facing a red-hot team tomorrow.’’

Gainer and Boler were one-up at the turn after winning Nos. 6, 7 and No. 9. Betchan and Bugg, though, won Nos. 14 and No. 16 to go 1-up.

Former EHS players Ashton Armstrong and Colton Jackson defeated Kingfisher’s Gary Wilson and Reggie Redwine, 1-up in the consolation semifinals. Armstrong hit a 25-foot birdie putt for the winner on No. 18.

“We were just grinding,’’ Armstrong said.  “We were able to get one in.’’

They will  play J.J. Fournier and Grant Gregory, who had a bye, at 9 a.m. today.

All of the other flights finals are set today at Oakwood, beginning at 8 a.m.

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