Edmond North’s Austin Eckroat came into the season with some reasonable fears for a freshman joining the state’s most prolific high school golf program.
He worried he wouldn’t make the cut for the top five spots on the varsity team.
And if he did, he worried he wouldn’t be good enough to contribute.
And if he did that, he worried he’d be part of the team that ended Edmond North’s streak of state titles.
All those fears were entirely understandable. Yet now, with Eckroat’s name etched in history as the only freshman to win the Class 6A individual state championship and the Huskies holding their 10th team trophy, they seem completely unnecessary.
“If we wouldn’t have won state, it would’ve been horrible,” said Eckroat, The Oklahoman’s Boys All-City Golfer of the Year. “It’s a lot different type of pressure when you’re not just playing for yourself, but playing for your team. You want to be able to help your team.”
Out of 12 tournaments, several of which had multiple rounds, Eckroat’s score was dropped only once — meaning it was the worst of the team’s five, and not used to count toward the team score.
He finished the year with a 72.18 stroke average, finishing first or second at seven of the 12 tournaments the Huskies played. He only finished outside the top six at a tournament once.
Somewhere between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring season, Eckroat started driving the ball about 25 yards farther.
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