By Jeff Harrison
Golf tournaments are a popular fundraiser for organizations and high school sports programs.
The Carl Albert High School boys golf team hosted one last week at John Conrad Golf Course.
But it came with a competitive twist.
The inaugural Titan 2 Man Tournament was a two-day, 36-hole event. Teams of two played a best ball format with two divisions – blue and white.
Caleb Price and Brian Birchell won the blue tee division with a 63-60-123. Kelsey Cline, a former OU golfer, and Mark Van Hoosen finished second with 129, followed by Sam Humphrey/Taylor Williams (130), Bentley Bross/Mikey Roberts (133), Chad Strickland/Roman Duren (136), and Keegan Westlake/Cooper Stanley (138).
In the white tee division, Jim Woodward and Caleb King won with a 65-62-127, and Darrell Alcorn and Brett Alcorn were second with 65-64-129.
“I thought we had a great field of players and a lot of terrific supporters,” said Carl Albert boys golf coach John Herbert. “I’m looking forward to growing this event in the years to come.”
The event was sponsored by Talor Gooch, a Carl Albert alum and current professional golfer. He sponsored the event through the Talor Gooch Foundation. Cline, who serves as the director of the foundation, said Gooch was happy to help.
“Coach (Herbert) reached out to me, and I took to Talor and his wife and there was no hesitation,” Cline said. “He can’t be at everything, but we were happy to come and play.”
The Talor Gooch Foundation supports several causes including Hope is Alive, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, Positive Tomorrows, a school that helps children who are homeless, as well as the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour. Cline said they added a title sponsorship for an AJGA event that will be held at Gaillardia Country Club.
Other sponsors for the tournament included Pronoss, Capital Distributing, Ben Sexton – Shelter Insurance, FNB Community Bank, Dr. Robert Dimski, M.D., Smile Studio, BSN, King Real Estate, SWM Homes, Stifel – Josh Wolverton Advisor, Sazerac, Oak Tree National, and ZT Cigars.