NORMAN — The Oklahoma Golf Association’s summer calendar is nearing an end, but not without a state championship stop in Norman.
Today begins the three-day run of the OGA’s Stroke Play Championship at The Trails Golf Club, and local golf fans inclined to check any of it out will have plenty of familiar faces to follow.
Kelsey Cline, former Sooner, leads the local contingent. An ex-pro who regained his amateur status and a four-time Westwood Invitational champion, Cline tees off at 8:20 this morning, playing alongside Anthony Marchesani, of Oklahoma City, and Glenn Payne, of Ardmore.
Norman North’s Blake Barhnart is in the field, as is Asher Owen, a home- schooled Norman golfer, who plays his high school golf for Destiny Christian and counts Belmar as his home course.
Other Norman golfers in the field include Blake Garland and Cody Rozell.
Additionally, Max McGreevey, who has won the last two Class 6A medalist crowns at Karsten Creek and who will soon be playing his golf for Oklahoma, is in the field and tees off at 8:40 a.m.
But it’s defending champion Taylor Gooch, from Oklahoma State, who must be considered the favorite.
Gooch finished second at the just-completed OGA State Amateur at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
And last year, when the stroke play championship also was played in Norman at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Gooch lapped the field, winning by 12 strokes after rounds of 63, 68 and 62.
In all, more than 70 players will begin teeing off at 8 this morning at The Trails. Opening-day tee times will run through 11:50 a.m.