High school boys golf state tournament notebook: Dowell captures Class 3A crown in playoff
Oklahoma Christian School junior Jaxon Dowell was already planning the next hole as the ball rolled on the green.
A 3-foot putt from Christian Heritage star sophomore Drew Goodman was supposed to be automatic to force a tie and second playoff hole Tuesday afternoon.
But it missed.
“I was shocked,” Dowell said.
In perhaps the most loaded field of talent across the boys golf state tournaments, the individual championship came down to a playoff between two future college teammates. Dowell topped Goodman to complete a Day 2 rally and win a second straight Class 3A state championship at Tulsa Country Club.
“To beat Andrew in a playoff is awesome, but it kinda sucks to win on a missed putt on his part,” Dowell said. “It’s still awesome to be a back-to-back state champ.”
Regent Prep won the team championship, knocking off two-time defending champion OCS by eight strokes with an 882.
Goodman led by four strokes entering the final round.
Dowell’s putts started falling, though. He shot a 4-under 66 as Goodman shot an even-70 to finish tied at 202. That forced the playoff between the Oklahoma commitments.
Heritage Hall captures third consecutive title
Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said his team’s third round was more relaxed compared to the second.
The Chargers led by only three after the first round. He asked them to buckle down, and they delivered. Heritage Hall won its third straight Class 4A golf state title at Ardmore’s Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club. Standout senior William McDonald, an Arkansas signee, finished third overall, six shots behind Ada’s Max Roberts, who won the individual title.
Ben Thionnet (229) and Matthew Smith (230) finished ninth and 10th for the Chargers. Bogert said he is happy with how his team responded following a slower start.
“We kind of put it out of reach after the second round,” Bogert said. “It feels good to win another one.”
Guthrie’s Morgan captures Class 5A individual title, Bluejays win team title
It took three seasons, but Luke Morgan is an individual champion.
After leading after the first 36 holes his freshman and sophomore years, he wasn’t able to capitalize and capture the crown. This season was different for the junior from Guthrie.
Morgan fired a 76 on Tuesday in the final round of the Class 5A tournament at Lawton Country Club, winning by four strokes with a three-day total of 213.
Guthrie also captured back-to-back golf titles, which marks the first time in school history that a Guthrie team repeated as champion. Piedmont finished in second 28 strokes back.
Guthrie coach Ric Meshew said this season’s team might be the best he has had in his 27 years leading Guthrie.
“They’ve had the best run of any golf team in Guthrie history,” Meshew said. “The kids who are juniors now were third as freshman and won last year and this year. They’re pretty special.”
Boydston captures Class 2A title, Turner wins team crown
Conner Boydston knew a low number would win the individual title.
As scores started to trickle in, he stood in a doorway of the clubhouse at Trosper Golf Club and was saying to himself, "Please be enough." Boydston posted a 70, which would be the best score of the day.
Big Pasture’s senior captured his first individual title after coming in fourth the past two seasons in the Class 2A tournament. It is the second individual title for a Big Pasture player in three years, as Kolton Baber won in 2017.
Turner captured the team title with a three-round total of 924, topping Lincoln Christian’s 955 and Community Christian’s 956.
Big Pasture coach Chuck Storm said it’s pretty crazy how a small school like Big Pasture has produced two individual state champions in its five seasons being a program.
“It’s hard to grasp,” Storm said. “But it’s a credit to these kids. They put in the work, and Conner deserved this.”
Cameron Jourdan and Jacob Unruh, 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 ›