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May 6, 2014

Four boys teams packing backs for state tournament

After the wind had stopped blowing and the dust had settled at all the boys’ golf regionals, Fort Gibson, Tahlequah, Stigler and Keys earned berths in next week’s state tournament.

Fort Gibson carded the lowest round of golf since coach Gary Hendrix has been head of the program in capturing the Class 4A regional on Monday at Peoria Ridge Golf Course in Miami.

The Tigers posted a 303 in their opening round before carding an even-par 288 for a 23-stroke victory over host Miami, who finished with a 614 two-round total. Metro Christian was the third team that qualified for next week’s state tournament with a 632.

“It’s pretty amazing to me,” said Hendrix, who last week coached the girls to this week’s state tournament  which begins Wednesday at the Lake Hefner South Course. “I was very pleased, Everybody played pretty well.”

Individually, Wesley Jackson led Fort Gibson with scores of 73 and 69 for a 2-under 142, finishing second in the individual standings. Dalton Rhoden shot 78-70 for 148, Kade Rodgers posted 74-75 for 149, Jordan London shot 78-74 for 152 and Rayne Cox posted 83-77 for a 160.

“It was a little bit windy,” Hendrix said. “The course was set up, I think, relatively easy. All the pin placements were in very accessible spots – pretty much in the middle of the green. That made it easy to score.”

The Class 4A state tournament is three rounds and begins next Monday at the Lake Hefner North Course.

5A at McAlester

The Tahlequah Tigers are headed to state for the first time after putting up scores of 310 and 318 to win at McAlester Country Club. Tahlequah brought home the regional title by three strokes over Bishop Kelley.

Jake Johnson led the way with rounds of 74-77 for a 151 total to tie for second individually. Blake Berry shot 77 and 82, Blake Cochran posted back-to-back 80s, Hunter Pennington went 85-79 and Kyler Arnall came in at 79 and 91.

“It was very difficult because of the wind,” said Tahlequah coach Nick Baker. “The greens were crusty and fast and everyone had trouble. But we are headed to state.”

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