Special to The Sun
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links just finished its run at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The USGA, however, was back on the scene at the University of Oklahoma course Tuesday, running the qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur.
It is the national championship for junior golfers in the United States and it’s set to run July 22-27 at the Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., a few miles north of Lake Tahoe.
Twenty-eight girls played 18 holes, competing for four spots at the OU Club, with two alternate positions also available.
Simultaneously, 33 boys were in the midst of 36 holes, competing for two positions and two alternate spots.
Making matters tough for all involved, it was another very windy Oklahoma day at the OU course. The conditions were difficult enough that nobody broke par in even a single round.
Nick Heinen, an Oklahoma State golf commitment from Edmond North, with rounds of 72 and 77, finished two strokes in front of the field, securing his spot in Northern California.
Tyson Reeder, also from Edmond North, with rounds of 74 and 77, also qualified, though he had to win a playoff over Nathan Jeansonne (79-73), from Keithville, La., to make it happen.
Norman North’s Thomas Johnson grabbed the second alternate spot with back-to-back rounds of 76, one stroke in front of North teammate Thomas Ludwig (80-73) and Edmond North’s Hayden Wood (76-77).
For the girls, it was Courtney Dow, from Frisco, Texas, winning top honors with a round of 74. Also qualifying directly for the Junior Amateur were Hailee Cooper (74) and Kenzie Wright (77), both from Frisco, Texas, as well as Lauren Gros, from Windermere, Fla.
Rylee Pedigo, from Fort Worth, and Kaitlin Milligan, from Norman, both with 79s, earned the alternate positions.