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Class 2A boys golf: Laverne leads defending champion Rejoice Christian by 12 shots

Rejoice Christian is inexperienced this season with four sophomores and one freshman making up the team.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 12, 2014


Laverne rallied with a strong second round Monday at the Class 2A boys state golf tournament at Oakwood Country Club in Enid. The Tigers own a 12-shot lead over Rejoice Christian, a church-based school in Tulsa gunning for a three-peat.

The Eagles have won back-to-back state titles their first two years since joining the OSSAA.

“We shot a very good score for us,” said Rejoice Christian coach Joyce Deason. “We have a really young team. We have four sophomores and one freshman. That’s my entire team. We don’t have anyone in reserve. We just hope to hang in there and have a shot in the end.”

Laverne is the team to beat. The Tigers are led by Mason Overstreet, who shot an even-par 142 on Monday. Overstreet shot a 1-over 72 in the morning round, 1-under in the afternoon session.


Hobart sophomore Brad Dalke is one of the top golfers in the country. On a cold day, Dalke shot 5-under on the par-71 layout, a 1-under in the first round, shooting 4-under in the afternoon session.

Dalke, who has been committed to Oklahoma since he was 12 years old, leads Laverne’s Mason Overstreet by five strokes heading into the final round on Tuesday.

Golfweek ranks Dalke the No. 4 player in the nation among all golfers 18 or under. Dalke recently finished third at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, S.C., one of the premier junior tournaments in the country.


Strong north winds made it difficult to post low scores. Golfers also had to sit out a 30-minute delay. Players played a few holes in light rain during the morning round, but Oakwood Country Club head pro Tim Mendenhall said lightning in the area was the reason for the delay.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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