Gibson sets blazing pace, holds off Green
Golf: OGA State Amateur Championship

By John Rohde Published: July 18, 2008
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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.

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Rhein Gibson started the State Amateur final birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie and went on to win 2 and 1. By CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

OGA State Amateur Championship

At Gaillardia Golf & Country Club

Semifinal

Rhein Gibson, Oklahoma City def. Zachary Pool, Poteau 7 and 6

Andrew Green, Edmond def. Chris Wilson, Tulsa 6 and 5

Final

Rhein Gibson, Oklahoma City def. Andrew Green, Edmond 2 and 1

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