Megan Blonien and Jacob Oaks not only held but increased their leads in the third and final round of the 55th annual Texas-Oklahoma Jr. Golf Tournament. Blonien captured the Girl’s Open Championship while Oaks took the Boy’s Open Championship on The Champions Course at Weeks Park in Wichita Falls on Thursday.
Blonien set a new tournament course record on Wednesday with a round of 66, but Thursday would prove to be tougher for the entire field. The Altus, Oklahoma native still opened the final round with a 2-under par on the front nine to increase her lead over second place April McCoy to 15 strokes.
Despite a back nine of 2-over, Blonien still took the Girl’s Open Championship as she shot a final round low of 72. The par round gave Blonien a four day total of 277, 16 strokes ahead of McCoy.
Blonien is the first Oklahoma golfer to win the Girl’s Open Championship since it’s inception in 1984 and only the seventh hailing from outside Texas. Nevada’s Christine Fernandez was the last champion from somewhere other than the Lone Star State, winning the title in 2002.
Oaks held a five shot over 2010 runner up Stratton Nolen going into the final round, leaving the pressure on Nolen to make up ground.
Despite a double bogey on No. 2, Oaks increased his lead to six strokes on the front nine. The golfer from Ardmore, Oklahoma then took control on the back nine, finishing the final round with birdies on the last four holes to shoot a 3-under round of 69.
Oaks four day total of 279 gave him a nine stroke victory over Nolen, making him the first player since 1994 to finish the tournament with a score under 280. Oaks is the third consecutive Oklahoma golfer to take the boy’s title and the 13th since Pete Harchette became the first Sooner to win the title in 1959.
In other tournament divisions, Burkburnett’s Sarah Moore took the Girl’s 14-15 Division title with a score of 229 while Charlie Click of Dallas won the Boy’s 14-15 Division with a total of 215.
Sam Dickey of Las Vegas, Nevada took the Boy’s 12-13 Division with a score of 216. Amarillo’s Marisa Marquez and Evelyn Arguelles of Oaxtepec, Morelos finished tied with a total of 216 in the Girl’s 12-13 Division. Marquez won the tie breaker to take the title.
Courtney Bryant of Houston took the Girl’s 10-11 Division with a total score of 223. Noah Goodwin of Corinth won the tie breaker in the Boy’s 10-11 Division after tying with Mexico’s Luis Carrera with a total of 217.
2011 Boy’s Open Championship Top Five
- Jacob Oaks – 279
- Stratton Nolen – 288
- Derek Oland – 292
- Klein Klotz – 295
- Stahl Cullen – 297
2011 Girl’s Open Championship Top Five
- Megan Blonien – 277
- April McCoy – 293
- Brenna Moore – 298
- Kaci McCartan – 302
- Kendra Mann – 304