In Berek Dyson's words, he and Joby Gray have been playing golf together “since we picked up clubs.”
So it was fitting that the two Elk City golfers finished their competitive high school careers together, too.
Dyson and Gray paired up to shoot the low round of the All-State match, carding a 65 Monday at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa. The event pairs 12 two-player teams from the East and West against each other in six holes each of best ball, scramble and alternate shot competition.
The Elk City duo's stellar round wasn't enough for the West team, which lost the overall competition 31.5-16.5. But for Gray and Dyson, it was an ideal way to close their high school careers.
“We couldn't have gone out any better,” Dyson said. “We've grown up in Elk City together, known each other since grade school. We were just out there having fun; we had a few fist pumps — just having a good time. It was just a bonus that we won it.”
Gray, who was named the Jim Thorpe Boys Golfer of the Year, has signed to play collegiately for Central Oklahoma. He and Dyson combined to score three of the West's 6.5 points in the boys competition, which the East won 17.5-6.5.
SELL, ARRINGTON TEAM UP FOR WIN
Hinton's average attendance for OSSAA classification purposes is a little less than 170 students. Edmond North's is a little over 2,500.
But school size doesn't mean much on the golf course.
Edmond North's Allison Sell and Hinton's Maci Arrington combined to post the low round in the girls All-State match with a 68. It was the only girls' round below 70.
LEWIS, THORPE HONOREES NAMED
Each of the last three years after the All-State matches, the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association has given out scholarships to two players in honor of former Bethel golfer Kyle Lewis.
Lewis died in a one-car accident while driving home after competing in All-State in 2010.
On Monday, Kelsey Cotham of Ponca City and Trae Fairchild of Ketchum were named the recipients of the 2013 Kyle Lewis Scholarships, each worth $250.
In addition, the coaches announced their players and coach of the year.
Gray won the boys award, with Duncan's Allyson Wilcox selected as the Jim Thorpe Girls Golfer of the Year. Velma-Alma's Greg Gothard was chosen as the OCA Golf Coach of the Year.
All-State golf results
At Cherokee Hills, Catoosa
Boys: East 17.5, West 6.5
Girls: East 14, West 10
Overall: East 31.5, West 16.5
Cole Morgan, Owasso/Will Murphy, Tulsa Kelley (East) def. Ty Brooking, Deer Creek/Kevin Daly, McGuinness, 4-0
Joby Gray, Elk City/Berek Dyson, Elk City (West) def. Justin Powell, Ada/Wyatt Robson, Ada, 3-1
Taylor Asbill, Watts/Justin Strathe, Rejoice Christian (East) def. Brian Wenninger, Burns Flat-Dill City/Tanner Oxford, Frederick, 4-0
Brendon Jelley, Jenks/Tate Williamson, Broken Arrow (East) def. Colton Cowan, Piedmont/Eli Armstrong, Edmond North, 3-1
Brady Richardson, Tulsa Union/Trae Fairchild, Ketchum (East) tied Garrison Mendoza, Clinton/Ryan Roberts, Edmond Memorial, 2-2
Bryce Shaw, Idabel/Zac Harbor, Hugo (East) def. Sean Hazle, Marlow/Tanner Stiles, Bethany, 3.5-0.5
Baylee Price, Broken Arrow/Gabbi Shelton, Stillwater (East) def. Caroline Goodin, Deer Creek/Haley Hill, Deer Creek, 3-1
Allison Sell, Edmond North/Maci Arrington, Hinton (West) def. Katie-Lee Wilson, Rejoice Christian/Nadia Majidi, Tulsa Union, 2.5-1.5
Alyssa Goodnight, Seminole/Megan McDaniels, Oologah (East) def. Kennedy Hansen, Bethany/Desa Brewer, Pauls Valley 4-0
Kina Boone, Choctaw/Michaela Osborne, Lawton MacArthur (West) def. Alyssa Brown, Claremore/Kelsey Cotham, Ponca City 3-1
Emilee White, Comanche/Allyson Wilcox, Duncan (West) def. Morgan Brown, Henryetta/Emily Pippen, Tahlequah 3.5-0.5
Kailey Campbell, Oktaha/Faith Lasiter, Eufaula (East) def. Darby Morgan, Weatherford/Markie Hawkins, Fort Cobb-Broxton 4-0