OCS charges to front
Flexing its muscles from the start, Oklahoma Christian School put itself in good position to win its fourth consecutive state championship, and first in Class 3A.
The Saints shot a 36-hole team total of 585 (285-300) on Monday to take a 12-shot lead over Plainview at Dornick Hills in Ardmore.
Senior Rustin Purser is in a tie for second in the individual race with a 142 total (70-72) with 18 holes to play Tuesday. But it was the Saints' depth that was most impressive in the opening round.
Zac Schaefer and Jack Lemon, the Saints' Nos. 4 and 5 players, shot 69 and 74, respectively, on the first 18 to help the team post a 285 total and grab the early lead. Schaefer's 144 total landed him in fourth place overall.
“Our depth has been a factor in every tournament,” OCS coach Cheryl Hitchcock said. “The important thing is that the guys know they can rely on one another, and it takes some pressure off.
“They know if they don't play their best, there's someone there to pick them up.”
Four OCS players are in the top 10 after two rounds, with Alexander Hall in eighth (148) and Lemon tied for 10th at 151.
Idabel's Stauter in front
As winds picked up and legs grew tired in the second round of the day, many players saw their scores go up, but Idabel's Nick Stauter was able to fight off the trend.
Stauter shot 68, five shots better than anyone else in the afternoon round, to give him a 138 total and four-stroke lead over Purser and Okmulgee's Jackson Hess, each at 142.
Hess opened with a 68, matching Stauter for the low rounds of the day. OCS' Schaefer was the only other player to break 70.
Paced by Stauter, Idabel is in third place at 606, with Pauls Valley fourth at 630.