BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A trio of former ORU golfers will hit the course this weekend for the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, one of the largest amateur golf tournaments in the country. Bryan Norton (1981), Austin Hannah (2008) and Terrence Begnel (2010) will all tee off from the Country Club of Birmingham during the tournament that stretches from October 5-10.
Having attended the same university nearly 30 years apart, Norton and Begnel were paired up for the practice round and did not know each other until they recognized the ORU gear. All three guys are well represented in the ORU record books from their time in Tulsa.
Norton, a two-time All-American at ORU and member of the ORU Hall of Fame, posted the second best season in school history with a 72.61 stroke average in 1979-80, second only to his teammate at the time Joe Rassett. Norton is familiar with the USGA event, having finished as the runner-up in the Mid-Amateur Championship in 2003.
Hannah has the third lowest single-round in ORU history (65), which he shot at the Centenary Fall Classic in 2006, a tournament that he went on to win.
A native of Midland, Texas, Begnel has a number of the top individual round, and tournament scores, in ORU history, and led the team with a 75.8 stroke average as a senior.
Hannah will be the first to tee off at 7:40 a.m. in the first round, while Begnel will tee off at 8:10 a.m. and Bryan Norton will go at 12:55. All three will start from the 10th tee.
More information on the tournament can be found at www.USGA.org.
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