Like most golfers, Taylor Moore is looking forward to match play.
A two-time Class 6A champion at Edmond Memorial, Moore is one of several accomplished players in a 64-man field who will compete in the 2013 Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur scheduled Monday-Wednesday at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
“Match play is a lot of fun, a different game,” Moore said. “You can be aggressive. You can have a bad shot or take a six or seven on a hole. All that's happened is you've lost one hole and you try to get it back on the next one.”
The field includes 44 players who shot under par in qualifying earlier this month at Lincoln West, including Moore, who shot a 6-under-par 65.
Midwest City product Talor Gooch, who will be a senior at Oklahoma State, is the No. 2 seed. Gooch romped to the OGA stroke play title last year. Gooch led the Lincoln qualifying with a 9-under 62.
Daniel Mitchell, the No. 6 seed who turned pro but has returned to amateur golf, won the 2007 OGA state amateur match-play title at The Trails.
Stillwater product Chris Muriana, who will be a senior at Central Oklahoma, also shot a 62 at Lincoln. Muriana is the No. 1 seed.
“It's one of the more competitive fields they've ever had, a lot of really good players,” Moore said. “You'll have to stay calm. You're going to have to buckle up from the start from Hole 1 of each match, try to get in a zone quickly to give yourself as many birdie opportunities as you can.”
Moore, who will be a sophomore at Arkansas, was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Last week, he shot a 68-66 at Wichita Country Club to earn one of two spots for the 2013 U.S. Amateur that will be held Aug. 12-18 at Brookline, Ma., near Boston.