High school boys golf: Christian Heritage's Drew Goodman wants to be the best, but first must win in loaded 3A field
DEL CITY — Drew Goodman has studied the spreadsheet over and over to the point he nearly knows it by heart.
Tournament victories. Score totals. Scoring average. Trends.
It’s all there for Christian Heritage Academy’s star sophomore golfer. But it’s not information on his growing game. It’s someone else’s.
Goodman has been studying the high school career of former CHA star Logan McAllister, now a freshman on Oklahoma’s team. Goodman is on the same path, having committed to the Sooners. But he wants to be better.
“It’s a really good thing to have him as almost a goal-setter, see what he’s done and see if I can copy it or better it,” Goodman said.
Entering Monday’s Class 3A state tournament at Tulsa Country Club, Goodman is among a trio of arguably the state’s best individual boys golfers competing for a state championship. It’s the top tournament to watch over the two-day span.
And if he comes away with the title, he’s on the same track as his former and future teammate.
Goodman will first have to top fellow Sooners commit Jaxon Dowell of Oklahoma Christian School and Texas Tech commitment J.P. Roller of Tulsa’s Regent Prep. Both are defending state champions.
“It’s going to make it a lot more fun,” Goodman said. “I like to have a little competition, and it’ll make it a lot more like my summer tournaments. So, it’s good leading into the summer.
“I’m excited to go out there and have a lot of fun with them. It’s just going to be so much having a little match with those guys.”
Goodman knew it was likely to come down to the trio from the beginning of the spring.
That’s why he asked CHA coach Tony Merrell for the spreadsheet on McAllister. To be the best in school history, Goodman needed to know what that meant.
“The good ones are there for a reason,” Merrell said.
McAllister won a title as a sophomore. He won five straight tournaments. His scoring average that year was 1 1/2-under par.
Goodman can match with a title Tuesday, he enters state with five straight victories and his average score is 2 1/2-under par.
“I see what he did and I know that I can do it,” Goodman said. “There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to go out and compete really well for an individual title.”
Roller and Dowell stand in the way, though.
Goodman is friends with both. Last week, he beat Roller in the regional tournament. It was a good sign entering a three-round tournament.
“We’re good friends, but at the end of the day we’re competitors and we don’t like to lose to each other,” Goodman said. “We should have a really good competition going.”