Two Oklahoma Christian Schools athletes were crowned after the 2019 Oklahoma Golf Association Championship matches wrapped up Friday morning.
Three rain delays in two days pushed the tournament to a total of five days, one more day than planned. Jay Doudican, OGA’s Director of Ghin Services, said it is the first time ever that the tournament has gone five days.
“A little bit of a war getting though this one,” said OGA’s executive director Mark Felder at the trophy ceremony. “Mother Nature was tough on us but we did it and what a great day to crown champions.”
The champions were Jaxon Dowell who won the 16-18 Boys, Jake Hopper of the Boys 14-15 and Brooklyn Benn was crowned Champion of the Girls.
“It was so nerve-racking yesterday all of my matches except one came down to the final hole,” said Benn, who also won the girls stroke play championship and will be a sophomore in the 2019-2020 school year. “It’s been very stressful. I’ve come out on top of all the matches so it's been good.”
Champions Dowell, Benn and Boys 14-15 runner-up Ryder Cowan will all be attending Oklahoma Christian Schools in the Fall.
“Me and Jaxon [Dowell] are so close,” said Benn. “My brother and him are really good friends and I play golf with him a lot and we practice together and Ryder’s [Cowan] coming next year, so OCS is a golf school.”
“It’s awesome,” Dowell said. “You know we got some great players out of OCS and to have them out here is pretty cool.”
Dowell knocked off William McDonald as he went up four with three holes remaining. It was his first time winning the OGA tournament outright. He also won the boys stroke play championship.
“It feels great,” said Dowell. “There’s a lot of great champions on that trophy and to be a part of that is really special to me.”
Dowell, the University of Oklahoma commit, is coming off of his second consecutive Class 3A Individual State Golf Title. He was also named the best male golfer at the OKC metro awards. But he says there is still more he wants to accomplish before he moves on to his collegiate career.
“Win a lot more,” Dowell said. “I want to win this tournament next year because that will be my last time playing in this tournament. Win another State Championship then qualify for the USA AM and the USA Junior.”
Jake Hopper won over Ryder Cowan as he went up two with one hole remaining.
“I bogeyed the first hole and then I birdied,” said Hopper. "I think I shot two under through the first 15 holes so [I played] good.”
The runner-ups for the event were Alyssa Wilson for the girls, Cowan in the boys 14-15 and McDonald in the boys 16-18.
“Obviously not the finish I wanted,” said McDonald who was also the stroke champion runner-up. “But it was a pretty solid week. Jaxon’s [Dowell] a great player, he played great all week, he’s a good guy so if I was going to lose to somebody it was nice to be him.”
The OGA Junior Championships have been played at KickingBird golf course in Edmond Oklahoma since 2010.