Fellow high school golfers patted Oklahoma Christian's Zac Schaefer on the back and congratulated him.
The junior shot the lowest score of the tournament, 143 — including the lowest round with a 4-under 67 in the second round at the Class 3A state golf championships at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
Schaefer said his second round was better due to his short game.
Nothing lipped out.
“Not like the first round,” he said.
Monday marked the fourth time this year that Schaefer played Duncan's course. He had never played the course before this year.
He said he played “not this well” the three other times, shooting in “probably the mid 70s.”
Shooting below 70 in the state tournament is nothing new though for OCS' No. 3 bag. He said he shot a 69 last year.
“That wasn't close to this,” he said. “Everything fell together.”
2012 STATE CHAMPS FINISH AT THIRD ON DAY 1
When Oklahoma Christian won Class 3A last year, it marked the fourth straight year the Saints won the state championship.
The first three of those titles came while OCS was still a part of Class 2A.
This year, the state defenders finished third after Day 1.
In last year's state championship rounds, no player shot worse than a 79 in any round.
This year, two players shot 86 or above in the first and second round.
LEMON AMONG TOP FINISHERS
OCS's top golfer Jack Lemon finished nine strokes back of the individual leader with a 6-over 77 and 4-over 75 in his first two rounds, respectively.
Lemon finished tied for seventh with a 152 on the first day of the state tournament.
IDABEL'S STAUTER FINISHES OUT OF TOP 10
Idabel's Nick Stauter, who won the individual crown last year, hit a 14-over 85 and 13-over 84 for his first and second rounds, respectively.
*Bethel, Purcell and Mount St. Mary sent only individuals to the state tournament. None placed among the Top 10 individual finishers.
*Pauls Valley combined for the best opening round score (301), while Oklahoma Christian combined for the second-best second round score (305)