HERITAGE HALL IN THE LEAD
Ada coach Robbie Powell is pragmatic about his team's chances to win the Class 4A boys golf 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.
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.
“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.
ROGERS SHINES IN FIRST ROUND
Cascia Hall senior Gabe Rogers led after a 7-under par first-round score of 65, but shot a 2-over 74 in the second to drop five strokes behind Heritage Hall's Trent Mewbourn.
“I struggled,” Rogers said of the second round. “I felt like the conditions were worse in the second. The wind was blowing a little harder; it got colder. The first round, I just got in this groove.”
Making Rogers' first round even more impressive is the fact that he bogeyed the second and third holes.
Rogers was part of Cascia's 2009 state championship team as a freshman, but left the school for Holland Hall as a sophomore. He returned to Cascia as a junior, but was ineligible to play because he'd transferred.
WEATHERFORD MAKES BEST IMPROVEMENT
Weatherford entered the second round Monday in last place as a team, but made the biggest first-to-second round leap — 12 strokes — to jump up to seventh out of 12.
Cummings shot a 1-over 73 in the first round, but improved his score by seven strokes in the second to lead the Eagles' surge.
Two other Eagles — juniors Brock Bell and Sam Wallman — also made big improvements, seven and five strokes, respectively.
COWAN BROTHERS COMPETITION
Piedmont twin brothers Cameron and Colton Cowan are each others' fiercest competitors.
The juniors are playing in the Class 4A state tournament as individuals because Piedmont's team didn't qualify this season. But the last two years, the team did, and a third Cowan — older brother Austin — was also in the mix. Austin Cowan graduated last year.
“It's a lot of competition,” said Colton Cowan. “None of us want to lose to each other.
Both brothers agree that Colton usually gets the better of Cameron, but in last week's regional tournament, Cameron beat his twin by two strokes.
In the state tournament, Colton leads Cameron by six strokes entering Tuesday's final round.