Player of the year finalists

Listed alphabetically, here are the three finalists for the 2019 All-World Girls Golf Player of the Year. All three are invited to the third All-World Awards banquet on June 22, where the winner will be announced. Click here to buy tickets to the All-World Awards banquet.

Kenzie Kirkhart

Hilldale, Senior

Rallied with a career-low 70 in the final round of the 4A state tournament, becoming the second in her family to capture the individual title. Her sister Katie won in 2015. Also helped the Hornets to a massive 107-shot margin in winning their fourth team title in seven years. Has had little time to enjoy her crown since her parents’ Muskogee County home was inundated by recent floodwaters. Also won the Hilldale Invitational and was first, second or third in seven of nine tournaments. Signed with Missouri Southern.

Jenni Roller

Regent Prep, Freshman

Won the 2A individual title and helped fuel the Rams’ runner-up team finish in the school’s first year of fielding a girls squad. Had a 36-hole score of 142 at Guthrie’s Cimarron National Golf Club, including a career-low 69 in the final round. Drove to within a foot of the hole on the 135-yard fourth, setting up one of four birdies in the round. Won the Owasso Invitational, was seventh at Jenks, eighth at Union and second in the regional at Sapulpa. Had a 74.8 stroke average. Younger sister of JP Roller, Regent’s 2A boys champ in 2018.

Emma Shelley

Bartlesville, Senior

Won or tied for the individual title in six of eight tournaments in 2019 and was runner-up for the 6A crown, her third consecutive top-7 finish at state. Tied for fifth as a sophomore and was seventh as a junior. Won the Frontier Conference title with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death hole after finishing second in six playoff holes as a junior. Tied for first in the 6A East-West Pre-State and won the regional with a 72 at Broken Arrow Golf & Country Club. Class president as a sophomore. Signed with Central Oklahoma.

First team

Jordan Clayborn, Jr., Hilldale

Kenzie Kirkhart, Sr., Hilldale

Jenni Roller, Fr., Regent Prep

Emma Shelley, Sr., Bartlesville

Taylor Towers, Sr., Rejoice Christian

Second team

Logan Allen, So., Perkins-Tryon

Katelyn Bollenbach, So., Jenks

Madison Foster, Sr., Owasso

Kennedy Maybee, Sr., Jenks

Mika Ramos, Jr., Bishop Kelley

Coach of the year

Oren Sikes, Hilldale

Guided the Hornets to their fourth 4A girls state title in seven years. Also has four runner-up finishes and one third place in his current nine-year stint as head coach. “We’ve had a good group of girls come through and good parents, too,” he said. “They worked with their kids and wanted them to be good.” A 1975 Muskogee High graduate, Sikes played for the Roughers’ 1974 state baseball champs. He graduated from Northeastern State University in 1982, went to work at Hilldale the following fall and has been there for 37 years, coaching or assisting in every sport offered by the school except soccer. “It’s like home. I wouldn’t want to leave,” he said.

Honorable mention

Bartlesville: Lisa Brown, Madeline Lewis, Presley Parks

Bishop Kelley: Jillian Brining, Maddie McCabe

Bixby: Cameron Hill, Halle Hammons, Sarah Lucas, Josie Scott, Morgan Scott

Broken Arrow: Nina Aills, Halle Bullen, Avery Clevenger, Kayley McBride, Campbell Payne

Cascia Hall: Megan Lobato, Hailey Polson, Avery Siegfried

Catoosa: Emily Vang

Cleveland: Destiny Wade

Collinsville: Megan Scyrkels, Bryn Willt, Remy Young

Coweta: Callie Jackson, Darci Scott, Mattison Walker

Cushing: Macy Theimer, Kaybre Wright

Henryetta: Emily Potter, Skylar Smallwood, Emily Stockholm

Hilldale: Macy Jones, Jade Kuykendall, Nyah Sanders

Jenks: Taylor Hatheway, Meg Medders, Adrian Piles

Keys: Carlee Gideon, Sidney Keller, Asia Perry

Mannford: Keeli Welden

Olive: Holly Hanks, London Shriver

Oologah: Kenzie Chacon, Mali Vang

Owasso: Carly Lowe, Brianna Maddux

Perkins-Tryon: Avery Anglin, Mariah Shropshire

Pryor: Kennedy Cramer, Gracyn Rains, Chasidy Wells

Regent Prep: Lauren Holder, Audrey Manley

Sand Springs: Meghan Charles

Stillwater: Hailey Parks

Tahlequah: Hope Berry

Union: Brooke Carroll, Tessa Gardenhire, Cierra Tunley, Janae Tunley

Verdigris: Abby Beller, Grace Rodery

Victory Christian: Gracie Doke, Gretchen McPherson

Wagoner: Caitlyn Henson, Jessica Lord, Macy Robertson, Rylie Spaulding

Previous winners

Player of the Year

2018: Faith Hopkins, Bartlesville

2017: Faith Belmear, Owasso

2016: Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow

2015: Kate Goodwin, Riverfield

2014: Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow

2013: Marla Souvannasing, Union

2012: Nadia Majidi, Union

2011: Alex Koch, Jenks

2010: Lauren Michael, Jenks; Tressa Brumley, Chouteau

2009: Ashton Collier, Union

2008: Crystal Reeves, Broken Arrow

2007: Amber Hensley, Jenks

2006: Kelly Fuchik, Kelley

2005: Alex Schulte, Kelley

Coach of the Year

2018: Kem Morrow, Bixby

2017: Ron Ramos, Owasso

2016: No award given

2015: Lindsay Jones, Union

2014: Vicki Brown, Union

2013: Vicki Brown, Union

2012: Lindsay Jones, Union

2011: Lindsay Jones, Union

2010: Lloyd Ware, McLain

2009: Danielle Frost, Jenks

2008: Jim Burdette, Broken Arrow

2007: Jim Burdette, Broken Arrow

2006: Susan Furr, Kelley

2005: Lloyd Ware, McLain

How the team was picked

Nomination forms were emailed to athletic directors and coaches in the All-World area. Schools within 60 miles of downtown Tulsa and schools within 75 miles of downtown in a town with a population of 5,000 or more are considered to be in the All-World area. Freshmen through seniors were eligible. World sports writer Mike Brown made the final selections after reviewing the forms and consulting with coaches.

Mike Brown


Twitter: @mikebrownTW

Sports Writer

Mike has covered high school football, basketball and baseball for the Tulsa World since Spencer Tillman, Wayman Tisdale and Troy Aikman were sophomores in high school. Phone: 918-581-8390