NORMAN — James Reid says he plays better when he’s played a lot of golf in a short time. After a four-day trip to Ireland last week in which he played eight rounds of golf, he arrived back in Oklahoma City at midnight on Sunday. Nine hours later, he was back on the course, this time at The Trails, and competing in the Oklahoma Golf Association’s senior stroke play championship. Less than 48 hours later, he won the tournament, using a three-under 67 to take the title by five strokes.
It seems that Reid’s assessment was accurate.
Ten rounds of golf in six days — as well as a championship trophy — later, Reid was just enjoying the ride.
“It’s awesome,” said Reid, who successfully defended his title at the event. “There are some awesome players here, and I got very fortunate. I had a few foul balls that bounced the right way and I ended up on the fairway rather than taking a penalty. It was my day.”
It was a day that began with Reid two shots behind Kirk Wright, who entered the day as the leader. But an early birdie by Reid and bogey by Wright locked the two into an early tie on Tuesday, and it was Reid who pulled away on the back nine.
Keith McKinnon, who highlighted the day with a hole-in-one on the sixth hole, finished third.
While Reid’s two-day score of one-under was enough to win the senior event, it wasn’t the low score of the weekend. Windy Miller, competing in the super senior or “super fossil” division as he called it, fired an even-par 70 on Monday and followed that with a two-under 68 on Tuesday to claim the division with a two-day score of 138.