Class 3A boys golf notes: Oklahoma Christian School's Zac Schaefer reverses playoff fortunes, wins title

Zac Schaefer shot a 7-over-par 220 over the three rounds and sat in a tie with Pauls Valley’s Matt Henry. Schaefer eventually prevailed on the fifth hole of a sudden-victory playoff to claim the title at Lakeview Golf Course in Ardmore.
From Staff Reports Published: May 13, 2014
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Oklahoma Christian School’s Zac Schaefer was in a familiar position tied atop the leaderboard after the final round at the Class 3A boys’ golf state tournament on Tuesday.

Schaefer shot a 7-over-par 220 over the three rounds and sat in a tie with Pauls Valley’s Matt Henry. Schaefer eventually prevailed on the fifth hole of a playoff to claim the title at Lakeview Golf Course in Ardmore.

At last season’s tournament, Schaefer fell on the third hole of a playoff to finish runner-up.

Last year's playoff defeat was fresh in Schaefer's mind on Tuesday.

"I really didn't want to repeat myself," he said. "I was grinding pretty hard. I played with (Henry) in my last round and his short game was pretty good. I felt like if I could hit my irons close and give myself a chance to make birdie, I could win."

Schaefer, who will play college golf at Oklahoma Christian, birdied the fifth playoff hole with a 5-foot putt for the win.

Plainview’s Nate Hoben (221) was third.

PLAINVIEW REPEATS AS CHAMPION

With three individuals finishing in the top five, Plainview claimed its second consecutive team title on Tuesday.

Hoben, Cooper Little (227), and Carson Seals (228) finished second, third, and fourth in the individual standings for the Indians. Conner Kesler (236) also contributed to Plainview’s 907.

Pauls Valley (925) took second and OCS (955) third.