At last year's OGA State Amateur, Australian Rhein Gibson nearly cooled off the tournament's hottest golfer.
One year later, the 22-year-old Gibson was simply too hot to handle.
Sparked by an unfathomable start in Thursday's championship match, Gibson posted a 2 and 1 victory over a persistent Andrew Green at Gaillardia Country Club.
A four-time All-American at Oklahoma Christian, Gibson started out birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie in the title match to reach 5-under-par through the first four holes.
"Match play is one of those games where you want to get off to a hot start and get your opponent down,” Gibson said. "I had a good run, so it was good to get up on him.”
After a bogey on the fifth hole, Gibson birdied the sixth and seventh holes to go 5-up. Green birdied the ninth hole to narrow the gap to 4-down.
Gibson made the turn at 6-under 30.
"I played good,” Green said, "but heck, he was 5-under after four holes.”
Green parred No. 12 to pull within three holes and was 2-down following an eagle on the par-5 14th hole. Gibson found the water on the par-3 15th and Green was just 1-down after getting up-and-down for par.
"I hung in there and fought my way back,” Green said.
Green's tee shot on the par-4 16th would be his undoing.