The quarterfinals of the Oklahoma Golf Association Junior Championship finished just two matches shy due to lightning and heavy rain Wednesday at Kickingbird golf course.
Tuesday was stroke play, the top 16 from each game group qualified for match play Wednesday.
A lightning and rain delay caused the golfers to leave the course from 4:42 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. OGA had planned to wait out the delay for an hour and were met with playable weather near 30 minutes into the delay. All golfers were instructed to return to the position they were at by 5:30 p.m. as the golfers are able to play through light rain but not lightning.
However, exactly one hour later from the first delay, 5:42 p.m., OGA again closed the Kickingbird course due to lightning.
Brooksie Levonitis, homeschooled, defeated Deer Creek's Kolby Matthews in the 15-and-under bracket to move on to the semifinals of the boys 14-15 OGA Junior Championship just before the first rain and lightning delay.
“I played good outside of a few shots,” said Levonitis. “I need to make more putts but outside of that I felt like my ball striking was pretty good.”
“I played pretty well, glad to get where I got to,” said Matthews. “Shot the ball solid, pushed irons a little too much. I ended up playing with a new putter today so that was nice. Should have made some putts I didn’t though.”
On Wednesday Levonitis and Matthews were in a close battle. Despite the rain beginning to pour at the start of hole 15, Levonitis would win it on hole 16 as he went up three with two holes remaining.
“I always want to win,” said Levonitis. “He’s [Matthews] a real good friend of mine. I would have been fine with it going either way.”
Matthews said the rain did not impact his game at much at all. He said he actually enjoyed it.
The 16-18 semi finals will include Jaxon Dowell and Bosten Benn. William Donald and Jordan Wilson have yet to finish because of the weather along with Andrew Goodman and Eric Schuessler.
The 14-15 boys semi finals will include Ryder Cowan, Levonitis, Jake Hopper and Tripp Schuessler. Three of the four finished up three with two holes left.
The girls semi finalist will be Brooklyn Benn, Jenni Roller, Alyssa Wilson and Raychel Nelke.
“I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Levonitis. “It’s a really stacked field, there’s a lot of good players so I just have to go out there tomorrow and put two more good rounds together and see what happens.”