High school boys golf state tournament notebook: Owasso jumps past Edmond North
Edmond North’s 14th state championship in 15 years will take a comeback.
After Owasso’s impressive second round Monday in the Class 6A state tournament at Rose Creek Golf Club, the Rams took a two-stroke lead over the powerful Huskies with a two-round score of 588.
Owasso posted a 284 in the second round, cutting 20 strokes from its opening-round score of 304. It also placed four golfers in the top 10.
The Huskies, meanwhile, opened hot with a 290, but tired down the stretch as the temperature nearly reached 90 degrees and shot a 300 to finish with a 590.
“This morning went really well,” first-year Edmond North coach Baron Potter said. “I think we got worn out there in the end. This is the first time we’ve played 36 holes when it’s gotten this warm. It zapped everybody. I think we’re still in a good place.”
Behind a big day from Edmond Memorial’s Cooper Wilguess, who is second with a 142, the Bulldogs finished five strokes back of Owasso and three back of Edmond North.
But the story of the day belonged to the Rams’ second round.
Ben Stoller shot a 4-under 68, while Brett Wilcoxen and Braden Lang each shot a 1-under 71.
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Guthrie in control
Guthrie is in the driver’s seat for a repeat for the first time in school history.The Bluejays lead Piedmont by three strokes after two rounds in Class 5A at Lawton Country Club, with star junior Luke Morgan up six strokes for the individual championship.Piedmont’s Hunter Oden is within striking distance, trailing Morgan by six strokes. Morgan had a big day with a 69 and 68 in his two rounds.
Goodman’s first round pushes him to lead
Christian Heritage star sophomore Drew Goodman made the first round look easy to open the Class 3A tournament at Tulsa Country Club.
The Oklahoma commitment shot a 7-under 63 and then followed with a 1-under 69 to finish Day 1 atop the leaderboard.
Goodman leads fellow Sooners commit Jaxon Dowell of Oklahoma Christian School by four strokes. Dowell, the defending state champion, shot 67 and 69.
Tulsa Regent Prep star junior J.P. Roller, a Texas Tech commitment, is in third following a 2-under 68 and even-par 70.
Regent Prep also holds a 12-stroke lead over two-time defending champion OCS for the team title.
Heritage Hall primed for three peat
Heritage Hall is one round from a third straight state championship.
The Chargers have a commanding 30-stroke lead in Class 4A at Ardmore’s Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club, with Arkansas signee William McDonald leading the charge.
Cascia Hall trails Heritage Hall with 605-635.
The only race that truly remains is the individual title. Ada’s Max Roberts leads McDonald by two strokes. Roberts shot a 70 and 72, while McDonald recovered from a 75 in the opening round with a 69. Tulsa Holland Hall’s Drew Mabrey is third with a 145.
Edmond North’s Wilson in control
The high temperatures only made Edmond North sophomore Jordan Wilson stronger.
Wilson shot a 4-under 68 and a 2-under 70 to finish with a 138 and four-stroke advantage over Wilguess.
“I felt good,” Wilson said. “It just motivates me a little more. I feel like I’m pretty mentally strong. It motivates me to keep pushing because those guys are faltering and I’m going to get even better.”
Big Pasture’s Boydston leads in Class 2A
Conner Boydston has seen first-hand how to win a state golf tournament.
The past two seasons, the senior at Big Pasture has finished fourth at the Class 2A tournament. Those same years, a teammate bested him each time. Kolton Baber won the individual title two years ago and was a runner-up last season.
This year, Boydston is the leader and gunning for a title. He leads at Trosper by one shot against Braydon Strickland of Lincoln Christian and is two up over Jackson Hoelker of Oklahoma Bible Academy.
“I need to shoot a red number,” Boydston said.
Turner leads the team scoring with a 614 after two rounds. Lincoln Christian is in second at 629 while Tishomingo sits third at 636.
Jacob Unruh and Cameron Jourdan, Staff writers
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›
Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internships with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in... Read more ›