WICHITA FALLS, Texas — It’s been nine years since an Oklahoma golfer won the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Championship. It appears this year’s best hope is from Norman.

Norman North’s Taylor Artman is tied for third, three shots out of the lead, after Tuesday’s second round at Wichita Falls Country Club.

Artman fired a 74 Tuesday, not quite as good as his Monday effort of 67, which put him in a tie for second behind defending champion Andrew Bryant of Graham, Texas.

Josh Jones, of The Colony, Texas, had Tuesday’s best round, shooting a 65 to put him in first with a two-round total of 138. Zach Wilson, of Austin, is alone in second at 140.

Also tied with Artman are Graham, Isaac Idstein (Canyon Lake, Texas), and Timothy Madigan (Rio Rancho, Texas).

Vincent Nadeau, of Edmond, is the next highest Oklahoman. He’s tied with four others for sixth place at 145.

Five other Norman-area players are competing. Jordan Wynn and Nick Lockard are tied for 13th at 152, Tanner Howe is at 156, Sean Marley is at 162, and Josh Simpson is at 170.

Artman has been on a hot streak recently. He rolled into Wichita Falls having won his last three tournaments, including the Oklahoma State Big I qualifier last week at the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course. He won the Oklahoma Golf Association’s Junior Boys Championship the week before, and won the AJGA’s Medicus Preseason Junior at Belmar in April.

The 72-hole stroke-play tournament is being held at three different courses — WFCA, Weeks Park and Wind Creek — and more than 200 golfers are competing.

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