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June 16, 2014

Locals noticeably absent at Meadowlake Junior Open

ENID, Okla. — Monday’s Meadowlake Junior Open — a stop on the PGA South Central Sectional Junior Tour — might have told the state of junior golf in Enid.

There were no local players in either the Boys or Girls 16-18 age division. Brent Nicholas and John Nicholas were entered in the boys division, but did not show.

Madilynn Young, the one local entrant in Girls 14-15, withdrew after taking a 10 on the 12th hole. She shot a 48 on the front nine, which was only four shots back of eventual winner Kaila Thomas (44-49-93).

“Results don’t lie,’’ said Meadowlake pro Cody Lack.

Tulsa’s  Spencer Elias, though, did take advantage of the day to gain experience in an effort to make the Cascia Hall varsity.

Elias shot a 79 (39-40), including a birdie three on the ninth, to win the Boys 16-18 division by two strokes over Guymon’s Conner Kaufman, who had an 81 (40-41), which included birdies on Nos. 6 and 15, but a triple bogey eight on No. 10.

“I hope to make the top five this year,’’ said Elias, who played on the JV for Cascia Hall, which was third in the 5A state tournament. “We have a bunch of good golfers there right now, so you have to work at it.’’

It was the second straight championship for Elias, who won at Stillwater’s Lakeside Course last week with a one-over par 71.

“It was a lot windier today,’’ Elias said. “I definitely tried to keep it low. I wasn’t hitting a lot of greens, but I was hitting a lot of putts which surely helped.’’

Elias, a member of the Golf Club of Oklahoma, was impressed with Meadowlake.

“It was fun,’’ he said.”The course was in really good shape, There were a lot more trees than I thought there would be. I just had fun being out there.’’

Stillwater’s Emily Dennison shot 91 to win the Girls 16-18 division by three strokes over Edmond’s Hadley Walters. Dennison carded a 49 on the front, but rallied for a 42 on the back.

“I really got mad at myself because I was playing really bad at the turn,’’ she said. “I told myself I needed to pick it up and play better. I cut seven strokes off, so I guess that was the key. I was lucky to shoot an 81.

Matthew Mantle of Edmond used an eagle three on  No. 6 to shoot an 81 to win the Boys 14-15 division by five shots over four other players.

He hit his approach shot to within a foot of the hole on No. 6.

Thomas beat out Edmond’s Bailee Ford by 14 shots in Girls 14-15.

“It was all right,’’ she said. “I made a few pars. It feels good to win.’’

Other winners were Parker Rose of Stigler, Boys 12-13, 81 (41-40); Sydney Herman of Ponca City, Girls 12-13, 41 (nine holes); and Zack Stone of Blackwell, Boys 9-11, 51 (nine holes)

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