Sport 'Addicted to it': Why Jordan Wilson is next in this Oklahoma State men's golf pipeline
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EDMOND, Oklahoma — It wasn’t until Jordan Wilson moved to Edmond that he started taking golf seriously.
The senior star on Edmond North’s golf team grew up in Guymon, and he even spent a lot of time on the links. His father, Brett, played golf at Oklahoma City University in college and was the head professional at Sunset Hills Golf Course.
Yet his urge to play didn’t grow until the summer of 2013, when his family moved to Oak Tree in Edmond. Because Wilson didn’t have any friends after the move, he started taking the family golf cart to the course every day to give himself something to do.
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“I just got addicted to it,” Wilson said.
That addiction has turned Wilson into one of the state’s best junior golfers.
He won the Class 6A individual state championship in 2019 as a sophomore and proceeded to win the Oklahoma Golf Association men’s state amateur tournament that summer. That’s also when he committed to Oklahoma State, becoming the latest Husky golfer to continue the pipeline to Stillwater.
Kevin Tway. Nick Heinen. Hayden Wood. Austin Eckroat.
Kevin Tway putts in to win on a third-hole sudden-death playoff against Ryan Moore on the 10th green during the final round of the Safeway Open on October 7, 2018. Tway is one of many golfers to make the leap from Edmond North to Oklahoma State. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
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Those are just a few of the golfers who have starred at Edmond North and gone on to Stillwater and competed for the Cowboy golf program. In a few months, Wilson will join the exclusive list.
Edmond North coach Baron Potter says it’s Wilson’s mindset and approach that sets him apart.
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“He has proven over and over, when the conditions are not favorable, he’s not going to back down and actually accepts them,” Potter said.
During Wilson’s stellar sophomore season, he shot a 2-under round, winning a tournament at South Lakes in Jenks.
Edmond North’s Jordan Wilson is set to join the Oklahoma State men’s golf team in the fall. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)
The conditions? 40 degrees, raining and 30-mph winds.
“He has just got that mentality,” Potter said. “He accepts the challenge when things are not favorable.”
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When Wilson won the state amateur two years ago, he topped Eckroat in match play in the finals. It was another stepping stone for Wilson’s career because as a middle schooler, he looked up to Eckroat, who’s now a senior at OSU, and Wilson wanted to follow in Eckroat’s footsteps.
It’s safe to say he’s only adding to the tradition at Edmond North.
Wilson has won eight high school tournaments during his career, including three in seven events as a senior, on top of numerous amateur wins. As a freshman, he was a part of Edmond North’s 16th team state championship, the most in state history for a boys program.
With less than a month until the state tournament, Wilson is looking forward to the stretch run.
“I’m playing well, and my game is not far from where I’m going to be peaking around state,” Wilson said. “That’s the ultimate goal … but there’s always room to improve.”
Reporter Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports for the Oklahoman, part of the USA Today Network. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan.MORE:
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