The Edmond Sun

May 5, 2014

Home-course advantage for Oak Tree Gang?

Tway says better be on top of game regardless

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Bob Tway, Gil Morgan, Willie Wood and Scott Verplank possess homes in the Oak Tree addition.

The number of rounds they have played at Oak Tree National dwarf any competitor who is coming in for this year’s U.S. Senior Open Championship July 10-13.

Does this mean the Oak Tree Gang is awarded home-course advantage? Only to a certain extent according to Tway.

“You can know a golf course, but if you don’t have a good golf game, it doesn’t matter much,” he said during Monday’s U.S. Senior Open Media Day at Oak Tree National.

“Willie Wood knows every putt on this golf course and makes every one of them every day,” Tway added. “But this is a tough golf course. You can go out there today and it can challenge anyone without changing it.”

Oak Tree National has played host to the 1980 PGA Cup Matches, the 1984 U.S. Amateur Championship won by Verplank at 20 years of age, the 1988 PGA Championship, the 2000 PGA Club Pro Championship and the 2006 Senior PGA Championship.

“It’s at least a three or four-year process on getting things done for a tournament,” Tway said. “We are so excited to come back and play a tournament here. Every time a tournament comes to Oak Tree, it has been a great success.”

Ed Evans, the general partner of Oak Tree National, said the U.S. Senior Open Championship is going to have an enormous economic impact on Edmond and should bring in “north of $15 million coming into the state.”

Coming back to defend his U.S. Senior Open title is Kenny Perry, who roared to the finish with a 7-under-par 63 for a 5-stroke title win over second place Fred Funk at Omaha Country Club. The victory bagged Perry $500,000 of the $2.685 million purse. He is the third player to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior Players Championship in the same year, joining Gary Player (1987) and Orville Moody (1989).

TICKETS for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship are still available at or at any Buy For Less or Uptown Grocery locations. Weekly tickets are $125 (good Thursday through Sunday with parking). Trophy Club tickets are $225. Daily tickets go for $40 for championship rounds and $20 for practice rounds. Kids 17 and under are admitted free of charge.