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May 1, 2012

Hornet state bound: Hilldale sophomore qualifies with second-place finish

— Chandler Puckett wondered how he would follow up a tournament championship he won last week.

The Hilldale sophomore had rounds of 76 and 73 for a  total of 149  to finish in second place at the regional tournament at CobbleStone Creek Golf Club. A week ago, he won the Pryor Invitational with rounds of 76 and 71 for a 147.

“I’m really glad to back up what I did last week,” he said. “I kept making pars (on Monday). I stayed out of trouble. I had a lot of confidence after shooting my career best last week.”

Puckett will be the lone Hilldale representative at the state tournament at Lake Hefner North Course in Oklahoma City. The Hornets finished in fourth with their team total of 660.

Less than two weeks ago, coach Larry Childers’ squad placed 11th out of 19 teams at their own invitational.

“You’d think we would do better on our home course, but we haven’t,” he said. “Maybe it’s a lack of concentration or focus. If you don’t focus in golf, that leads to trouble. It’s hard to figure out because we play on that course every day.”

Metro Christian (622) won the team title, while Casica Hall and Seminole tied for second at 657. Seminole’s Blade Knox was the medalist with his 143 that including shooting a 1-under par 71 in the second round.

Elsewhere in 4A, Fort GIbson shot a 322 to finish third in its regional at Wolf Ridge Golf Club in Poteau and qualify for the state tournament. The regional only played 18 holes because of rain.

Justin Morrow finished second in the individual standings with his 75 and Wesley Jackson (79) was fifth on the par 72 course. The other Tigers’ scores included Collin Abdallah (83), Relton Walters (85) and Jordan Mackey (87).

Ada (309) and Poteau (322) finished first and second in the team standings.

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