Broken Arrow Express
Tate Williamson of Broken Arrow walked all six rounds in three hot days of the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship, and it seemed to be taking its toll at the midway point of his championship match against Quade Cummins of Weatherford.
A series of loose shots led to bogeys on holes nine and 10, putting him three down to the redshirt freshman at the University of Oklahoma, who was zipping around in a cart like most of the competitors in what began as a 64-man field at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
All it took, however, was a 35-foot birdie putt from just off the green at the par-3 11th, and the rising senior at Northeastern State University was reenergized. Two holes later, he pulled off a miraculous punch shot from under a tree from 150 yards to two feet for another birdie at the par-5 13th, then birdied two of the next three as well.
The furious rally fell just short, however, as Cummins capped Williamson’s birdie on the 14th hole with one of his own, then, leading by one after Williamson birdied 16, stuffed his approach.
“I wasn’t striking the ball the greatest, but my putter saved me all day,” says Williamson, who works at Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow and finished in the top 20 of all 10 events he competed in for NSU as a junior. “The greens here are in great shape and roll true, which helped a lot. Quade played really well in the finals. I’d have liked to have won, but it was a great match.”