WEWOKA – One hundred and eighteen golfers were present at this year’s 66th annual Pokkecetu Golf Tournament at the Dr. Gil Morgan Golf Course in Wewoka. The tournament began Friday, June 16th with scramble play and on Saturday and Sunday golfers engaged in individual medal play. Other events included a dinner catered by Bosco Joe’s Barbeque of Seminole on Saturday night at 7 pm and a free golf clinic hosted by Dr. Gil Morgan, a professional golfer from Wewoka who now resides in Edmond and is a pro at Oak Tree National.
As score cards were turned in, there were great scores reported by players who came from the surrounding area of Seminole, Shawnee, Ada and other towns as well as several other states. Players were divided into eight flights (A through G) and the Championship flight.
This year’s Pokkecetu winner is a familiar sight at the golf course and the Pokkecetu Tournament, but this was his first year to win in the Championship flight. Caleb Conn from Seminole shot a 69 in his first round and a 65 to finish at 134 for the tournament. Second place winner was Joel Driver of Oklahoma City who shot a 70 on Saturday and a 70 on Sunday to finish with a 140. Third place winner in Championship flight was Hunter Pennington of Tahlequah who shot a 74 and 79 to finish the tournament with a 153. Others who shot in the 60’s were Blaine Butner of Wewoka and Justin Powell of Ada.
Caleb Conn comes from a family of golfers from the Wewoka and Seminole area. His grandfather, Billy Conn has been playing golf for many years. He played for Seminole Junior College in his youth but said that his son, Chris Conn was self-taught.
“When Chris was in middle school he was at a golf tournament in Ada and he shot a four on a par five using his putter to play a third shot that was under low branches. The ball went 250 feet before resting a few feet from the cup. From that point on he did not need my coaching,” Billy said.
Chris won the Pokkecetu Tournament in 2004, 2009 and 2011. He also tied the 9-hole course record of 30. Spink Williams set the original record in 1960. Chris’s son, Caleb, also played at Seminole State College and went on to the University of the Southwest at Hobbs New Mexico, where he studied accounting. He then transferred to Mid American and graduated with an accounting degree. The University of the Southwest has offered Caleb an opportunity of becoming an assistant golf coach if he wants to pursue his Masters Degree in accounting at the school.