BROKEN ARROW — A couple of Westwood Park regulars, Gary Bonner and John Reese, are through to the round of 32 at the Oklahoma Golf Association’s Senior State Amateur, which began Monday at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
Both Norman residents might have hoped for better days, yet in very windy conditions on the 6,418-yard par 72 layout, each of their opening-round 81s was enough to qualify for the match play portion of the event, which begins today.
Each finished Monday in a five-way tie for 21st place in the 43-player field, nine of which saw their tournament begin and end on Monday.
Bonner shot 41 on the front nine and 40 on the back, carding birdies on the 519-yard par 5 first hole and the 163-yard par 3 17th hole. Each birdie helped to cushion the blow of a double bogey Bonner suffered on each side.
Reese managed his 81 without benefit of a birdie, finishing the day with 11 pars, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
Both closed strong, with Bonner playing the last three holes in 1-under par and Reese playing his last six holes in 1-over.
Michael Hughett, of Owasso, dominated the 18-hole stroke play qualifying, posting a 63, 10 strokes better than his nearest competitor.
Today, the first day of bracket play, Reese tees off at 8:14 a.m. against Bob Fouke, of Broken Arrow, while Bonner tees off against Jim Curd Jr., of Bartlesville, at 8:21 a.m.