Been there, done that
The Class 2A boys golf state championship is shaping up very similar to last week's 2A girls golf tournament.
Katie-Lee Wilson of Rejoice Christian won the individual title in the 2A girls state tournament at Trosper Park in Oklahoma City while Hinton captured its first team state golf championship.
After Monday's opening two rounds of the Class 2A boys golf state championship at Sugar Creek Canyon in Hinton, Rejoice Christian's Justin Strathe is tied with Tishomingo's Preston Lovett for the individual lead.
Meanwhile, Hinton has a four-stroke advantage over Rejoice Christian for the team title heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes.
The Comets, playing on their home course, are looking for their first state championship in boys golf to make it a sweep for Hinton.
Rejoice rejoicing in new league
Like his classmate Katie-Lee Wilson, Justin Strathe is a former state golf champion in the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association. And like Wilson, he is glad Rejoice Christian — a private school in Owasso — joined the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association this school year.
“It's a lot more competition and nicer courses,” Strathe said of his new league.
Last year, Strathe won the OCSAA title by one stroke over his younger brother, a seventh-grader.
Stults having breakout senior year
Luther's Ryan Stults' senior season is by far the best of his high school career.
Stults is only two strokes behind the leaders after Monday's opening two rounds. Stults didn't finish in the top 20 at the state golf tournament last year.
“I started working on my short game and just continued to improve,” he said.
Stults predicts he will have to shoot par or better Tuesday to win the state championship, something he has never done at Sugar Creek Canyon.
“I am going to have to be at my best,” he said.
Twice as many juniors
The field in the Class 2A boys' state golf tournament is dominated by juniors. Of the 64 competitors, 33 are juniors, 16 are seniors, 13 are sophomores and 12 are freshmen.
New 2A champion
A new Class 2A boys' team champion will be crowned Tuesday no matter which team comes out on top.
Oklahoma Christian School has won the 2A championship the past three years, but the Saints were bumped up to Class 3A this season because of the new OSSAA rule governing private schools.