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June 18, 2014

Senior amateur kicks off

DUNCAN — Already done with the stroke-play competition, which widdled down the 42 participants to 32, the 2014 Oklahoma Senior Amateur started its match play portion of the tournament Tuesday at the Territory Golf Course.

Tim Johnson, general manager at the Territory, said it’s an honor for the club to host the event and that he enjoys having players from around the state compete in Duncan.

“It’s nice to showcase your property for the state, and it’s good for the city,” Johnson said. “The community is the real winner here.”

Last year the tournament was held at The Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow. The defending champion, Kirk Wright, wasted no time in making his impression on the field.

He dominated his first two rounds of match play Tuesday, 5 and 4 over Bob Tate and 5 and 4 over Gary Bonner. Wright, who hails from Oklahoma City, said the course provided a unique challenge with the wind being a critical factor.

“It’s making shots really difficult,” Wright said. “It’s a tough course, but it’s nice. It has a great layout.”

Wright, 53, said it’s his second year playing in the tournament and that he enjoys the match play strategy. Instead of the amount of strokes being counted at the end of the round, the golfers try to win each hole. Wright said this makes things easier.

“You just go out and play each hole,” Wright said. “If you hit a bad shot, you may lose one hole, but you can blow it off and move onto the next one.”

The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held back-to-back on Wednesday starting at 8 a.m.

Jimmy Grantham is the lone Duncan golfer to make the match-play portion of the event.

Doug Perry was the only golfer to shoot under par during the stroke-play part of the competition with a 71.

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