Mike Hansen took some time away from playing competitively as he settled into his new job as general manager and club professional at The Duncan Golf & Tennis Club last summer.
If his game has any rust from that time off, it sure isn’t showing.
Hansen moved into the third round of the PGA South Central section’s Cutter & Buck/Yamaha Match Play Championship on Monday at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
“I’ve been playing in these for quite a while, but I didn’t play in many last year, since I had just started at a new job,” said Hansen, 29. “We (in the PGA South Central section) have four majors during the year and this is one of them.”
Hansen, seeded 23rd in the field of 34, earned a first-round bye before pulling out a win on the 19th hole to beat 10th-seeded Greg Bray, the professional at the Terradyne Country Club in Andover, Kan.
Hansen will tee off at 9:50 a.m. today against Lincoln Park Golf Course’s Shannon Friday (seeded seventh) for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Hansen and Friday are no strangers after pairing up to take third Adams Golf/Oakley Team Championship last month.
Blonien in fourth at Jr. Championship
Territory member Megan Blonien is three strokes back and in fourth place at the 62nd Annual Girls’ Junior Championship after Monday’s first round.
Blonien, who just graduated from Altus High School but calls The Territory her home course, shot a 5-over 75 at Williow Creek Country Club and trails Caroline Goodin by three strokes.
Blonien will try to rally and clinch her third consecutive title today.
Duncan High School’s Savannah Martin is in 45th out of 52 players after carding a 102 Monday.