The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 4, 2013

Betchan wins Wheat Capital by 4 shots

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Jay Betchan no longer will be known as the best player never to win the Wheat Capital Golf Tournament.

The 42-year-old Betchan, who had six seconds in the tournament, finally captured the one local golf prize which has alluded him Sunday.

He shot a three-under par 68 for a 36-hole score of 139, four shots better than runner-up Jon Cline, who had a 71 for a 143.

“I do feel the monkey is lifted off my back,’’ Betchan said. “Everybody asks me ‘Why (haven’t you) won the Wheat Capital? We think you’re a good player, so why haven’t you won the Wheat Capital?’ ... Everybody expects you to win every tournament. They forget how hard it is to win a tournament. There are a lot of good players out there. It’s hard to win them all.’’

Betchan, who had a one-shot lead over Cline and Josh Bugg going into the final round, had five birdies and two bogeys for the day.

Cline had three birdies and three bogeys.

Betchan had birdies on Nos. 1, 6, 8, 10 and 15. Cline was only two back after making the turn with a one-under 35, but had a one-over 36 on the back to Betchan’s 34.

“I didn’t feel much pressure,’’ Betchan said. “I’ve played in quite a few big tournaments. I did tell my boys coming in that odd things can happen in tournaments. You never know.’’

Betchan has been a victim of bad luck. One year, he ended up in second after the eventual champion hit a golf cart on a wayward shot to avoid going out-of-bounds. The winner would chip up for a birdie.

“I’ve finished second so many times here,’’ Betchan said. “I’ve shot a 65 and finished second and I’ve shot in the 70s and finished second. It’s nice to put two good rounds together and win.’’

Betchan, third-place finisher Brady Wood (70) and first flight winner Ashton Armstrong (69) were the only players to finish under par Sunday.

Meadowlake pro Cody Lack had predicted scores would be higher than in the past because the rough at the course was thicker and higher than in the past. The 139 was the highest winning score since Jerrod Luttrell took the 2003 crown with a 141.

“The conditions were a positive factor for me,’’ Betchan said. “The more difficult the course, the better I play. The courses that I play national qualifiers in the rough is high and the greens are firm and fast.

“That (conditions) puts a premium on ball striking ... keeping the ball in the fairway and hitting greens. I was doing that. I can’t out hit a lot of these guys. When guys can hit it 310 yards, it turns everything into a pitch and putt.’’

Betchan plans to go to a U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., in September.

“This puts me into a good frame of mind for that,’’ he said.

Wood’s round included three birdies (Nos. 2, 7 and 8) and two bogeys (Nos. 4 and No. 17).

Dave Cagle was fourth at 146 after a second-straight two-over par 73. That was good enough to win the separate senior division.

For the first time in Lack’s five-year tenure as tournament director, there were sudden death playoffs in the other flights.

Armstrong beat out Troy Rasp in first flight after both finished at 148. Bill Heizer beat out David Betchan in second flight after both finished at 160.

Other flight winners wer Brandon Beckett, third, 164; An Sik Kang, fourth, 169; Bobby Birchfield, fifth, 177; and David Keuchel, sixth, 185.

x-won playoff

Championship Flight

Jay Betchan    71-68—139

Jon Cline    72-71—143

Brady Wood    75-70—145

Dave Cagle    73-73—146

Brandon Gainer    77-72—149

Justin Ramer    76-74—150

Darin Busch    74-77—151

Chance Cruson    77-72—151

Josh Bugg    72-79—151

Neil Oxford    76-80—156

David Turner    80-77—157

Eric Williamson    80-78—158

Kurt Pendergraft    80-80—160

Hayden Betchan    81-85—166

1st Flight

x-Ashton Armstrong    79-69—148

Troy Rasp    77-71—148

Colton Jackson    77-78—155

Keith Broyles    80-75—155

Taylor Randolph    79-78—157

Michael League    81-77—158

Josh Winfield    83-75—158

Danny Guerra    80-81—161

J.J. Fournier    81-80—161

Paul Thomas    83-80—163

Dai Kim    82-83—165

Randy Nunley    80-86—166

Brent Rousey    88-83—171

Brandon Bergner    86-89—175

2nd Flight

x-Bill Heizer    80-80—160

David Betchan    77-83—160

Kenny Wederski    79-82—161

Larry McClelland    81-82—163

Kenny Moore    80-84—164

Allen Glaser    83-84—167

Joe Capra    87-80—167

Cody Keeler    83-89—172

Randy Phillips    84-88—172

Terry Charles    86-87—173

John Kang    88-85—173

Eric Sinning    84-95—179

3rd Flight

Brandon Beckett    82-82—164

Bill Noak    85-85—170

Corey Holden    87-84—171

Monty Lorenz    90-82—172

Chuck Pulis    89-94—173

Earl Boone    91-93—174

Merle Dennett    84-91—175

Demetrius Office    87-91—178

Oscar Wantiez    90-90—180

Jerry Smith    100-82—182

John Walkup    92-101—193

Gary Asbill    101-96—197

4th Flight

An Sik Kang    83-86—169

Chad Capra    88-83—171

David Brewer    84-88—172

Tim Winfield    95-83—178

Ken Shaw    89-91—180

Louis Romanos    91-91—182

Terry Hiebert    90-92—182

Sam Snyder    87-97—184

John Edwards    95-91—186

Randy Schroeder    105-97—202

5th Flight

Bobby Birchfield    91-86—177

Lansing Forney    91-88—179

Stan Botts Jr.    87-94—181

Bob Adamson    95-94—189

Doug Brinkley    99-92—191

Tommy Roney    91-106—197

Mike Oaks    92-107—199

Steve Snyder    104-102—206

6th Flight

David Kenchel    90-95—185

Roger Graham    98-94—192

Ryan Fossett    104-96—200

Lonnie Wyman    108-108—216

Paul Bierle    112-116—228

Senior Division

Dave Cagle    73-73—146

Neil Oxford    76-80—156

Bill Heizer    80-80—160

Paul Thomas    83-80—163

Kenny Moore     80-84—164

Allen Glaser