Ada coach Robbie Powell is pragmatic about his team's chances to win the Class 4A state championship in Tuesday's final round.
“I think we'll play well, but I really don't know that anybody's got anything for Heritage Hall,” Powell said. “We played about as well as we could play in the second round today, and still got beat.”
Heritage Hall leads Ada and Elk City by eight strokes after Monday's first and second rounds at Lake Hefner North.
And the Chargers' success starts at the top. Senior Trent Mewbourn is at 10-under par and leads his closest competition, Cascia Hall's Gabe Rogers, by five strokes.
After the first round, Mewbourn trailed Rogers, who shot a 65 in the first but struggled to a 74 score in the second.
“I was just trying to keep on the fairway all day,” Mewbourn said. “I hit my driver well.
“I'm feeling pretty confident, as long as I keep hitting the ball straight I'll be fine.”
Ada junior Wyatt Robson is six strokes back and in third place, and Weatherford's Quade Cummings and Clinton's Garrison Mendoza are seven back.
Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert wasn't terribly pleased with his team's overall output Monday morning, but challenged them between rounds.
“Trent played great, obviously, both rounds,” Bogert said. “But we challenged the other guys to come back, and we played quite a bit better.”
Heritage Hall trailed Elk City by two strokes after the first, but made a six-stroke improvement in the second.
Juniors Garrett Fraley and Gavin Mastell improved their individual score by four and five strokes, respectively, which fueled Heritage Hall's team surge.
Ada improved its team score by 10 strokes between rounds, but it wasn't enough.
“We've got an eight shot deficit going into tomorrow,” Powell said. “Unless (Heritage Hall has) got a plan to help us out a little bit, I think we're going to be behind them.”