STILLWATER — Max McGreevy first passed the time following his final round at the Class 6A boys golf state tournament by hanging out on the putting green with his dad.
About 30 minutes went by. To him, it felt like two or three hours.
Then the Edmond Santa Fe junior had to watch his competition on the 18th hole.
McGreevy had finished the tournament with an even-par 216 after shooting a 1-under 71 on Tuesday. He was in the lead. But Edmond North's Nick Heinen had a 15-foot putt that would tie the score and send the tournament to a playoff.
The ball didn't drop.
“I was kind of cringing over it,” McGreevy said. “But I've always been a good friend of Nick. You always want them to make it, but it was nice knowing that I had won.”
McGreevy, a junior, won a tight individual race by one stroke to take medalist honors at Karsten Creek. Heinen finished one stroke back at 1-over 217, while Edmond Memorial's Taylor Moore was third with a 2-over 218 and North's Hayden Wood was fourth with a 3-over 219. All four golfers were either tied or within one stroke of the lead after 36 holes.
Heinen and Wood did get to celebrate with their teammates, however, as North rolled to its eighth consecutive team championship. The Huskies finished with a score of 894, which was 27 strokes ahead of second-place Memorial (921). Jenks finished third with a score of 936.
“I really felt the whole year we had the best talent from 1 to 5,” North coach Jeff Doherty said. “I didn't think I had the best No. 1 player. … Taylor Moore's the best player. But I always felt that 1 to 5, we were deeper and stronger, and it paid off over 54 holes on a championship golf course.”
McGreevy's individual victory ends Moore's run as the two-time defending state champion. The Arkansas signee was tied for the lead after shooting an even-par 144 through 36 holes but shot 2-over on the final day.
“You've got to put it on the fairway here, and I didn't do that effectively,” Moore said. “And then when I did, I didn't hit a great approach, so I didn't get that many birdie opportunities. But I fought hard and grinded it out.
“Max just played a little bit better than I did.”
It's been a bit of a breakout season for McGreevy, who did not finish in the top 10 at last year's state tournament. He attributes his success to his close relationship with his teammates and to getting the stresses of the recruiting process out of the way (he committed to Oklahoma just before Christmas). Moore said he's noticed McGreevy mature and develop better driving distance.
McGreevy capped off his junior season by improving his score in every round of the state tournament (73-72-71). He was the only player to shoot under par in the final round.
Next, he hopes he can parlay Tuesday's state title into a strong senior season.
“It gives me a lot of confidence,” McGreevy said of the win. “I was kind of skeptical about myself. I had played with Taylor a long time, and he's beaten me for a long time.
“I beat him my last two tournaments this year, so I'm ready for the summer and I'm ready to get back and play some high school golf again.”