MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 8, 2013

PREP STATE GOLF: Three from area finish in top five


Phoenix Staff Reports

— Wesley Jackson knew even a run like he had to finish Monday’s 36 holes at the Class 4A golf championship at Lake Hefner Golf Course in Oklahoma City wasn’t going to make up the gap Tuesday.

Having shot 1-under through 15, the Fort Gibson junior found out Weatherford’s Quade Cummins was in the clubhouse at 5-under for the day. That combined with the one-shot deficit he had going into the day all but had him resigned with a runner-up spot he ended with, five shots off the lead.

Even with a three-birdie run like he had in Monday’s second round, the tournament’s lowest at 66 following a 70 in his first round. He finished Tuesday with a 70 and a 10-under 206 total.  The 5-under Cummins shot was his third consecutive of the tournament.

“I really can’t complain considering it was the best golf I’ve had,” he said. “I played with (Cummins) on Monday and had no idea what he had until I had three holes to play.

“Overall I thought I swung good. I played like I did at the regional. I made some putts I needed to make for par but I missed some birdie opportunities I needed.”

His third round on Tuesday began with a double bogey which would ultimately be the hole he didn’t need to be in. He had three birdies to reach the turn at 1-under.

“I spent the first nine trying to get those back,” he said. “After that I had two good looks at birdies but didn’t make those. Other than that I really never gave myself good chances at anything but par. But I still feel good about the week. Second is nice. I give the glory for that to the man upstairs.”

Meanwhile, Hilldale’s Chandler Puckett finished fifth and nine strokes back with a 210. He shot a 3-under 69 on Tuesday after shooing 72 and 69 in the first two rounds.

Puckett, like Jackson a junior, along with the sophomore Cummins will return. For Puckett, there’s less climbing to do after he improved from his 17th-place finish at state a year ago.

“I’ll work on a better short game, my putting and chipping, shots just around the green,” Puckett said. “I hit the ball really well and obviously made some birdies, but not as many as I needed to.

Ada won the team title with a 868. Fort Gibson (915) finished eighth and Hilldale (936) placed 11th in the 12-team field.

The other Fort Gibson scores include Dalton Rhoden, who shot 83 on Tuesday for a 235, Collin Abdallah 75, 236, Rayne Cox 78, 239 and Jake Gandara  82, 253.

The other Hilldale scores include Brent LaCrone (77, 234, Eli Lawley (76, 235, Tanner Ingle (89, 257) and Chandler Cotner (91, 267).



6A

Muskogee slipped past Moore and tied with Southmoore for 10th in the 12-team state field, capping their first state tourney as a team since 1998.

The Roughers shot a 343 and finished at 1,021 on the par-72 Karsten Creek Golf Course at Stillwater. After back-to-back rounds of 78 on Monday, Harris Jones shot a 12-over 84 and finished at 240, low man for the Roughers. Spencer Smythe had Tuesday’s low-round teamwise with an 83 and ended at 249  for the tournament after an 87 and 79 on Monday. Rounding up Muskogee’s scores, Connor Scott’s 94 gave him a 266, Austin Jones shot 85 for 276 and Tanner Felts 91 for 280.

Edmond North shot 884  (308-282-293) for a comfortable 27-shot advantage over runner-up Jenks at 911 (305-304-302).Edmond had three of the top four team scores with Santa Fe (918) and Memorial (926) third and fourth, and two of the top three medalists. Max McGreevy of Edmond North shot a 2-under 214 and won in a two-hole playoff with Nick Heinen of Edmond North and Thomas Johnson of Norman North. McGreevy shot 1-over 73 on Tuesday, Heinen a 72 and Johnson made up two strokes with a 71.





5A

 Tahlequah’s Jake Johnson shot a final-round score of 77 and finished the Class 5A state tournament in a tie for third at Tulsa Country Club on Tuesday.

Johnson tied with Bishop Kelley’s Will Murphy for third place.

Johnson’s seven-over-par round came after a 71 and a 75 on his first day of the tournament on Monday.

Bishop Kelley’s Chris Karlovich won medalist honors with a 219. As a team, Tahlequah tied for fourth with Bishop McGuinness. Both clubs ended up with a 962 after 54 holes.



3A

In the Class 3A tournament at Duncan Country Club, Stigler tied for eighth with a 334 total for the third round and 1,035 total, same as Sulphur. Eufaula shot 361 to finish 10th  (1,057) and Keys was 12th of 12 (381, 1,141). Plainview (302, 896) was champion by 29 strokes over Oklahoma Christian, followed by Pauls Valley in third.

Stigler’s Levi Moss had his team’s low third round with an 81 and finished at 256, three strokes behind his teammate Cameron Buckner (85-253). Tyus Mitchell (91, 266), Lee Stanfield (84, 267) and Gibson McAlvain (84, 284) rounded out the Panthers’ scores.

Eufaula’s top golfer was Luke Vancleave (84, 242), followed by Chris Johnson (90-260), Calahan Henry (95, 277), Mason Dobbs (92, 278) and Ethan White 99, 303).

Shea Heble shot a 78 and finished at 245 to lead Keys, followed by Kris Beres (285), Zach Rogers (299), Larry Caviness (312) and Alex Thompson (323).



2A

Rejoice Christian shot 929  for a 28-shot victory over runner-up Lincoln Christian at Emerald Falls Golf Club in Broken Arrow. Mason Overstreet of Laverne (72 on Tuesday, 210, 6-under overall) won medalist honors by eight strokes over Brandon Strathe of Lincoln Christian. No area golfers competed in the 2A tourney.