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July 8, 2013

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

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NORMAN —

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. 

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