By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer
When Dylan Teeter was 12 years old, he got to play golf at one of the top courses in the country in his native state of Kansas.
“I got to play at Prairie Dunes (Country Club) in Hutchinson, Kansas, where the 2002 U.S. Women’s Open was,” Teeter said.
It was certainly a memorable moment for him. Prairie Dunes was also the site of the U.S. Senior Open in 2006 and the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships in 2014. The Big 12 Men’s Championships is scheduled to be played there this year from April 26-28.
“Just being able to walk where Jack Nicholas and some of the great players of that era got to play was quite the treat. I really enjoyed that and I’ll probably go up there and play it again sometime soon.”
Indeed he probably will. Teeter, now a Bixby senior for the Spartan boys, signed in early February to play college golf at Oklahoma City University.
“I’m really excited,” Teeters said. “It’s going to be the next step for me in my golfing career and I’m really pleased to fulfill that next level.”
Oklahoma City is a national power at the NAIA level and Teeter feels privileged to be going there.
“Oh absolutely,” he said. “It’s nice to be part of a team that competes for the national championships every year and has won 11 of the past 20, it’s good to know that they have a good program.”
Teeter chose OCU over Rogers State. He said the Stars made an offer he could not resist.
The Spartan senior also has aspirations to play in the PGA.
“That’s what drives me when I wake up every morning,” he said.
“OCU will be a place to grow my game for the professional level. I believe it is going to help me get to that next level.”
Teeter moved to Bixby with family in 2012 from McPherson, Kansas. He began taking golf lessons at age 7 and started playing competitively at 8.
There are many aspects of golf that Teeter likes. “I like the respect it brings and the people you meet. I’ve met some incredible people on the golf course. It has taught me life lessons that I will always carry with me,” Teeter said. “I just love being around people. Most of my friends are out on the course and are 45 and older. They’re just great people. You learn a lot from them.”
The Spartans played one tournament last year before all the shut downs occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was frustrating,” he said. “I had a goal to win the state championship two years in a row. Unfortunately, I was not able to get that opportunity. I was planning on winning it my junior and senior years. But due to the circumstances of the situation that we are all in, it’s understandable and it’s one of those things where you sit back and see what happens and you know you’ll be able to get out there again.”
Teeter maintains his hope to win this year as a senior.
“I enjoy the team,” he said. “We’ve got some real good guys on the team that I enjoy hanging out with. I love the team aspect of going out there and competing against other schools and just pushing each other to be better. It’s always good to have somebody be around you that’s going to push you to be better tomorrow and later on.”