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Former OC golfer Stark ties for 2nd in Oklahoma Open

Former OC standout Oscar Stark finished tied for second at the Oklahoma Open.
Former OC standout Oscar Stark finished tied for second at the Oklahoma Open.

EDMOND, Okla. (Aug. 25, 2013) – Former Oklahoma Christian golf standout Oscar Stark shot a 4-over-par 74 on Sunday and tied for second at the Oklahoma Open, played on Oak Tree Country Club’s East Course.

Stark was among a group of six professionals who finished the tournament at 5-under 205, three shots behind amateur Chris Worrell, who just finished his playing career at the University of Tulsa.

Stark entered the final round at 9-under, one shot ahead of playing partners Matt Mabrey (a Tulsa junior) and Thomas Johnson (a junior at Norman North High School). Stark started his round with eight straight pars and held at least a share of the lead throughout the front nine.

He three-putted on No. 9 for his first bogey, but remained in the lead at 8-under. But a pair of flubbed chips on No. 11 and No. 12 resulted in bogeys that knocked him out of the lead for good, as Worrell – playing three groups ahead – moved ahead with a string of birdies.

“I felt great,” said Stark, who posted his best-ever finish as a pro. “I just didn’t really commit to the shots that I was hitting in the first and second rounds. I play my best when I don’t really have doubts before I hit the shot.”

Stark took medalist honors at the 2011 NAIA Championship, leading OC to the team title. He was a four-time NAIA All-America selection, making the first-team list three times, and won both the Jack Nicklaus Award and Arnold Palmer Award in 2011.

Two other players with OC connections entered the Oklahoma Open’s final round in contention but neither made a serious run. Sophomore Sam Johnston tied for 23rd at 1-over 211 after shooting a 76. He bogeyed five of the first 10 holes. Johnston was an NCAA Division II All-America second-team selection after his freshman season.

Vilhelm Bogstrand, who just completed his OC playing career this past spring, tied for 28th at 212 after also firing a 76. The normally steady Bogstrand, who recorded his first pro win earlier this summer, posted bogeys on four of the first seven holes.