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August 25, 2013

Worrell captures Oklahoma Open

EDMOND,Okla. — Former Enid High golfer Chris Worrell was “feeling great’’ after winning the Oklahoma Open at Oaktree Golf Club  by three shots Sunday.

He was feeling so great, he didn’t even miss the $10,000 check he would have received if he had turned professional this summer.

“Winning is more important,’’ said Worrell, who will graduate from the University of Tulsa in December. “Money is great, but the more important thing is the belief that I can do it. It helps me believe in myself for my career going forward. You don’t get to win too often in golf. When you do, it’s really good.’’

Worrell shot a three-under par 67 Sunday for a 54-hole score of 202. That beat out six professionals who tied for second at 205.

Worrell said the 67 was actually a better score than the 64 he shot Saturday at the Oak Tree East course. He opened the tournament with a 71 Friday.

“My round today was by far better because the course was playing incrediably hard,’’ he said. “The greens were in good shape, but they were really fast. I really felt good about it.’’

He had wanted to wait until he graduated until trying one of golf’s mini-tours. He will graduate with a degree in finance.

“I didn’t think it was necessary to turn pro (this summer) because I didn’t have the expectations of winning tournaments or winning quite a bit of money,’’ Worrell said. “This gives me the belief that I can do it.’’

Worrell’s fiiancee had told him before the tournament he could win it.

“I kind of shove that off because I wasn’t feeling too good about my game coming into Friday,’’ Worrell said. “I just let everything happen and I actually won something for once.’’

He said he discovered something about himself.

“I feel I understand who I am as a person on the golf course mentally and physically,’’ Worrell said. “I did a good job controlling my anxiety, my emotions and my breathing. I made sure that I hit the best shots I could every single time for the first time in a long time.’’

Worrell’s round Saturday included an eagle, five birdies and only one bogey. On Sunday, he had four birdies on the front, including three on the first five holes. He had two bogeys. Worrell had birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 before bogeying the 18th.

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