Former OC golfer Gibson wins Arkansas Open

Former OC golf standout Rhein Gibson holds the Arkansas Open trophy Sunday after he won the tournament.
Former OC golf standout Rhein Gibson holds the Arkansas Open trophy Sunday after he won the tournament.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 15, 2013) – Former Oklahoma Christian golf standout Rhein Gibson shot a final-round 1-over-par 72 on Sunday to win the Arkansas Open, his second professional win of the summer.

Gibson, who will be inducted into the OC Athletic Hall of Fame in January, opened the tournament with rounds of 69 and 67 at Burns Park Golf Course. He earned $10,000 for the win, after earning $22,000 for winning the NGA Tour’s Avoca Classic at Scotch Hall Preserve in Windsor, N.C., in June.

It’s the second time Gibson has won a state open, as he also took the Oklahoma Open title in 2010.

Gibson, from Linsmore, Australia, was a four-time NAIA All-America first-team selection (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) at OC. He won four individual titles – the third-best total in school history – while helping the Eagles to a pair of runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place team showings at the NAIA Championships.

He won the Oklahoma state amateur title and was named as the Oklahoma state amateur player of the year in 2008. He also set a world scoring record by shooting a 55 at River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma City in May 2012.

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