Colby Cox, Hilldale

Hilldale shot its best round Tuesday of the 54 holes played, but the Hornets couldn’t climb the leaderboard any further than the sixth spot they held after Monday’s 36 holes of the Class 4A state boys golf tournament at Dornick Country Club in Ardmore.

Hilldale shot a 341 and 1,036 for the 54 holes. The top five stayed the same as well. Heritage Hall won its third consecutive title as team champ at 306 and 911, Cascia Hall was second at 315 and 950, Holland Hall at 314 and 951, Elk City at 317 and 960 and Ada at 332 and 984.

Max Roberts of Ada shot a final round 71 and at 3-over 213 won by four strokes over Drew Mabrey of Holland Hall (72, 217).

Five of the top 10 golfers were from private schools.

Hilldale’s Colby Cox just fell outside the top 10. His 77 gave him a 233 total, three shots behind Matthew Smith of Heritage Hall, who finished with a 74 and 230 for 10th.

“I didn’t play as well as I could have but it was a great experience being at state,” Cox said.  “This course really wears you out faster than any other course we played just because of the elevation and walking up hills, walking down hills. The second 18 (on Monday) I felt that.

“I didn’t have any birdies (Tuesday). It could have been a big help. I didn’t give myself good looks at birdies.”

The Missouri Southern signee won two tourneys this year and tied for first in one and lost in a playoff. He just missed being among the top two seniors that will make all-state.

“I’m pushing to get him an alternate spot,” said Hilldale coach Mike Clayborn. “He deserves it, the year he’s had.”

Lance Lienhart shot a final-round 89 and totaled 260. Caleb York 88 and a 270, Kurrin Finch shot 87 and 273 and Scott Miller 98 and 296.

The Hornets were eighth last year at Buffalo Rock in Cushing.

“It’s been a good year,” Clayborn said. “We won our conference. This is a challenging course. We’d practiced here before the State Preview, but the field of teams wasn’t the same and we were fourth in that, then practiced here before state. We probably could have played it a couple more times and it would have helped us out more.”

Private schools have won the last six 4A titles, with Heritage winning five. Not since Ada in 2013 have the publics took the top spot.

“It is getting almost ridiculous watching them win everything,” Clayborn said. “It really isn’t an even playing field.”


2A state

Oktaha freshman Bren Dunlap shot a 74, his best of three rounds, at Trosper Park in Oklahoma City on Tuesday and won a playoff tiebreaker with Nowata’s Maddox Bullen and Turner’s Luke Odell for 10th. All wound up with 226 totals. 

Dunlap used a 6-iron on the par 3 11th, hit to the right of the pin and off the fringe. He chipped up to within two feet and dropped the only par of the tiebreaker.

“I was a little nervous, my hands were shanking, but I made the putt,” he said.

Dunlap had a 75 and 77 on his first day.

Conner Boydston of Big Pasture won with a final round 70 and 210 total after opening with a 66 and a 74. He won by five shots over Lincoln Christian’s Brayden Strickland.

Turner shot 924 after a third-round 310 and beat runner-up Lincoln Christian by 31 shots.


5A state

At Lawton Country Club, Tahlequah’s Seth Mascho shot a 236 after an 80 on Tuesday and finished 11th. Guthrie’s Luke Morgan shot a 76 and won by four strokes, his 213 total besting runner-up Hunter Oden of Piedmont. Guthrie beat runner-up Bishop McGuinness by 28 strokes with a 916 total. 

Tahlequah was 11th of 12 teams at 1,061.


3A state

At Tulsa Country Club, the lone area golfer, Stigler’s Parker Rose, was 16th. He shot an 84 in the third round and was at 234 for the tournament, in 16th place. Jason Dowell of Oklahoma Christian beat Drew Goodman of Christian Heritage in a playoff. Both finished at 8-under 202, Dowell playing catch-up with his 66 to Goodman’s 70. Regent Prep shot 303 and finished at 882, eight shots ahead of runner-up Oklahoma Christian.


6A state

No area golfers took part. Owasso shot an 897 for a four-shot win over Edmond North and Stillwater at Rose Creek Country Club in Edmond.

Edmond North’s Jordan Wilson shot a 3-under 213 to win individual honors.

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