The Norman Transcript

July 8, 2013

Gellerman comes out on top as former OU teammates battle down stretch at Westwood Invitational

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Westwood Invitational ended Sunday the way it began on Friday — with teammates Michael Gellerman and Austen Fuller playing together down the stretch.

And, for the roommates and former teammates at Oklahoma who entered Sunday tied for the lead, it was a near-perfect finish. Gellerman shot a 67 to finish with 201 strokes for the tournament, while Fuller carded a 68 to complete the 1-2 finish.

“It was fun to do that down the stretch with a friend,” Gellerman said. “We had a lot of fun, and it always feels good to win.”

The pair are close friends off the course and aren’t rivals on it, either. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t competitive down the stretch. Fuller took the lead early but Gellerman retook it on the twelfth hole. He eventually stretched his lead to two shots, but Fuller fought back to pull within one before the pair played even on the course’s final five holes, including the 18th, where both bogeyed to end the tournament.

“It was fun dueling it out with him,” Gellerman said. “We’re still best friends, but I still felt pressure coming down the stretch. We both wanted to win, but we were both going to be happy no matter what happened.”

Fuller, who was the one to convince Gellerman to even join the tournament, agreed.

“I liked the competition, and him being out here made it a lot of fun,” he said. “It feels pretty good for us to finish first and second. We just tried to have fun out there, and we did. He’s a good friend of mine, and it was fun to go out there and play and feel the pressure.”

In the final group, the pair also fended off defending champion Kelsey Cline, who fell behind early and finished five strokes back after firing a 271. Jeff Johnson finished fourth in the tournament after a 72 on Sunday.

In the Masters flight, Steve Hixon held on to win by shooting a 71 to finish with 211 strokes, narrowly holding off second-place finisher Tony Woods, who shot a 70 to finish with 212. John Reese took third with a score of 217.

While Jeff Penny ran away with the first flight, Bill Ward surged with a final-round 74 to tie Alex McAllister for second at 220. Matt McCool won the second flight with a 77 on his way to 226, with Miles Pabst finishing 10 shots back and in second place.

In the third flight, Chris Atteberry entered Sunday with a big lead and easily coasted to victory after shooting 78 to finish with 230. Miles Markus shot an 80 to finish with 240 hold off Greg Neal, who ended in third and a shot back. Fourth place went to 12-year-old competitor Christian McAllister, who carded an 83 on the final day to finish at 242.

In the final flight, the only one to make use of the handicap, Jason Weingartner shot a 66 to finish with a 201 to win, holding off second-place finisher Joe Pempin, who finished with 202 after carding a 71 on Sunday.


Master class: Steve Hixon is one of those golfers the Westwood Invitational has been built around. He hasn’t played in them all because he was a toddler when the tourney first began in 1976.

Sunday, firing a 71 for a 3-over par 203 total, he claimed Masters Flight by a stroke over Tony Woods, who came down from Owasso to play the tourney.

Hixon really wanted to win his flight last year, because it was his first time to play the event after the passing of his father, whose name is also Steve Hixon.

“He always came out and watched me play,” Hixon said.

Still, winning for his father a year later was no less emotional a feat for Hixon. 

“I won it and I’m happy about it, but I still wanted my dad there,” he said. “I really wanted to win for my dad.”

Hixon’s mother would also follow him around the golf course in his youth. She was at the course Sunday to share in the victory.


Scoring madness: Two players in the field turned in a feat maybe more impressive than victory.

Mike Walden, in First Flight, finished a round in the 60s, 70s and 80s, shooting 77-67-82 for a 226 finish.

Justin Schaefer, also in First Flight, did the same thing, sort of, carding rounds in the 70s, 80s and 90s, shooting 76-80-90 for a three-round total of 246.

In Third Flight, Mark Wells did something nobody else in the field accomplished, carding the same score in every round: 80-80-80.


The youngster places: 12-heard old Christian McAllister, the youngest player in the field, followed rounds of 83 and 76 with another 83 on Sunday to place fourth, with a 242 total, in Third Flight.


Westwood Invitational Scores

Championship flight

Michael Gellerman71-63-67-201

Austen Fuller66-68-68-202

Kelsey Cline68-67-71-206

Jeff Johnson68-68-72-208

Austin Bowman74-66-70-210

Travis Keeley73-67-71-211

Shane Workman71-71-69-211

Rick Parish76-67-69-212

Mark Crabtree75-69-68-212

Zac Tucker74-69-69-212

Nick Bulla68- 75-70-213

Shelby Drake70-74-69-213

Brandon Blevins68-73-75-216

Ryan Munson73-73-70-216

Max Showalter75-70-72-217

Kurtis Ronck77-67-74-218

Travis Lowry70-75-74-219

Blake Garland76-70-74-220

Al Swanson73-74-74-221

Tyler Willey72-76-74-222

Eric Dissell77-75-70-222

Bobby Florer78-68-78-224

Chase Botkin73-75-78-226

Earl Sherbon82-73-71-226

Tom Stewart80-84-76-240


Masters Flight

Steve Hixon73-67-71-211

Tony Woods68-74-70-212

John Reese69-75-73-217

Gary Bonner73-71-74-218

Scott Ward78-67-73-218

Derek Dodd75-74-72-221

Randy Robinson75-70-77-222

Mike McCurdy73-75-74-222

Bill McConnell71-77-75-223

Mark Williams75-72-77-224

Chris Meeks75-75-74-224

Jeff Morris79-73-73-225

Jeff Higgins78-72-78-228

Cory Montgomery78-72-78-228

Chris Goodwin75-79-74-228

Griffin Grubb77-79-72-228

Noah Allen73-78-80-231

Mike Holzer78-78-78-234

Darrell Overturf80-77-76-233

Greg England75-72-88-235

Cullin Faison78-82-81-241


First Flight

Jeff Penny70-71-71-212

Alex McAllister72-72-76-220

Bill Ward72-74-74-220

Gene Bryce73-74-74-221

Sean Marley71-76-75-222

Josh Simpson73-74-79-226

Clay Horning72-75-83-230

Michael Chambless77-76-77-230

Randy Bacon79-75-77-231

Garret Owings81-73-77-231

Jeff Jones75-81-76-232

Scott Humphreys79-82-72-233

Tyler Baumann78-77-81-236

Clint Strickland78-80-78-236

Ricky Burns78-82-76-236

Mike Owens79-79-80-238

Don Rollins83-83-72-238

Sean Simpson77-88-75-240

Jeff McCalip77-76-88-241

Jim Taylor80-78-86-244

Jonathan Barr80-80-85-245

Justin Schaefer76-80-90-246

Will Saxon79-84-84-247


Second Flight

Matt McCool75-74-77-226

Miles Pabst76-76-84-236

Doug Lillard79-82-78-239

Scott Forbes78-78-84-240

Mark Trimmer80-81-80-241

Jeremy Willoughby78-82-82-242

Frank Schield84-81-80-245

Trevin Ray81-78-87-246

Grant Schwabe84-85-79-248

Mel Mercer84-80-85-249

Russell Cole78-89-84-251

Sam Marsh83-82-87-252

Loren Coburn87-82-88-257

Gunner Akey89-83-90-262

Doug Miller81-93-88-262

Scott Shaw86-87-96-269

Chace Gautier100-81-89-270

Frank Hewins94-98-90-282


Third Flight

Chris Atteberry77-75-78-230

Markus Mills80-80-80-240

Greg Neal82-77-82-241

Christian McAllister83-76-83-242

Mike Burke82-78-84-244

Bob Dick79-82-84-245

Bryan Nelson77-87-83-247

Randy Sullivan81-85-84-250

David Hansel79-90-82-251

Keith Swinton87-80-90-257

Terry Hansel87-83-87-257

Curt Masters91-81-91-263

Chuck Powell90-86-89-265

Larry Saxon92-85-88-265

Jeff Fugate83-94-97-274


Fourth flight

Jason Weingartner70-65-66-201

Joe Pempin63-68-71-202

Jobe Weichbroot67-67-71-205

Wayne Stephens67-69-71-207

Fred Wright71-67-71-209

Rex Brown67-67-76-210

Jay Gibson65-71-74-210

Jessie Gilmore75-66-71-212

Jon Hawkins72-72-69-213

Matt Pempin75-74-65-214

Wally Haskett73-74-68-215

Justin Kay69-72-74-215

Ken Morris70-70-76-216

Brodey Claborn67-75-74-216

Henry Drury74-77-68-219

Brandon Higgins72-68-80-220

Jim Akey74-79-68-221

Chad Haynes78-81-71-230

Dale Baggett82-79-71-232

Austin Weichbroot72-74-60-236

Fred Duffy88-86-69-243

Thom Thurston96-94-77-267