Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament Girls Open Championship Results

The Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament Girls’ Open Championship trophy does not stay in the Lone Star State.

It goes north of the Red River but will not stop in Oklahoma.

For the first time in the illustrious tournament’s 85 years, a TO Championship has been won by a Buckeye.

Emerson Purcell, a 16-year-old from New Albany, Ohio, edged Alli Reily of Pottsboro by one stroke for the Girls’ Open Championship on Wednesday, winning the title with a total of 231 over three rounds. Purcell is the first woman not from Texas or Oklahoma to win the Girls’ Open Championship since 2002, when Christine Fernandez of Nevada won the title.

“I couldn’t even imagine that when I came here,” Purcell said. “I was just here to play and get the experience of playing a tournament in Texas. I knew I was playing well today, but I didn’t think I was going to win the tournament.

Emerson Purcell tees off during the 2022 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament at Wichita Falls Country Club on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

In fact, Purcell only knew she had won the TO after she returned her scorecard and was greeted by her parents with big hugs.

“I don’t really like knowing where I am (in the rankings), so I haven’t been watching this stuff for the last two days. I think knowing that makes me nervous,” Purcell said. “I was just trying to go up and down and get the highest score possible.

If Purcell had checked the live scoreboard available online, she would have seen that she was two shots behind Reily and the tournament lead heading for the 15th hole. Reily played in the group ahead of Purcell and struggled on the 15th, ending it with a bogey.

Purcell handled the par-5 hole, birdie-putting and even shooting with Reily for the tournament lead.

Reily also bugged the No. 17, while Purcell pared on his final three holes, securing the win.

And making the moment more special was having his mother, Tricia, as a caddy. It was because of his mother that Purcell played in the TO. Tricia participated in the tournament when she was in high school in 1996. Although she doesn’t remember which place she got, the TO has always been etched in her memory.

Allie Reily hits the ball toward the hole during the 2022 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament at Wichita Falls Country Club on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

“It’s a tournament that I remember having a great time with my family,” said Tricia, who golfed at UNC-Greensboro. “I remember it was a very family tournament. It’s a great memory for me. We thought about playing it last year, but it didn’t fit his schedule. This year we ranked it as the one we’d like to get to, and it worked this time.

Purcell has had a busy summer traveling the country playing various golf tournaments. She has played in several tournaments in the Southeast and will soon be heading to California for an event. It’s part of a process to help Purcell figure out where she’d like to play college golf.

“She’s actually very interested in going to college down south,” Tricia said. “So it’s a chance for her to see how the golf courses are here and what the schools here have to offer.”

Will next summer’s golf and college tour bring her back to Wichita Falls to defend her title? It’s possible.

“I don’t know about that yet,” Purcell said. “I would love to, but we’ll have to see how it works out.”

Whether Purcell returns or not, his name and country of origin are etched forever in the TO history book.

Sydney Kincade (left) shakes hands with opponent Emerson Purcell during the 2022 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament at Wichita Falls Country Club on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

TEXAS-OKLAHOMA JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT

FINAL RESULTS

By 214

at Wichita Falls Country Club, Par 71

at the Weeks Park Champions Course, Par 72

OPEN GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP – 1. Emerson Purcell, New Albany, Ohio, 79-78-74-231; 2. Alli Reily, Pottsboro, 84-74-74-232; 3t. Kodi Nolen, Midlothian, 85-79-73-237; 3t. Jaiden Gregston, Duncan, Oklahoma, 80-75-82-237; 5t. Alyssa Stewart, Mansfield, 84-78-76-238; 5t. Sydney Kincade, Prosper, 82-74-82-238; 7. Natalie Blonien, Altus, 74-83-82—239; 8. Lily Stanton, Jenks, Oklahoma, 82-78-81-241; 9. Scarlet Sturch, Durant, Okla., 84-77-83-244; 10t. Rylie Rodriguez, Midland, 82-82-81-245; 10t. Jaci Hartman, Burneyville, Okla., 78-83-84—245.

Emerson Purcell takes first place in the women's pool at the 2022 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament at Wichita Falls Country Club on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.