Heritage Hall senior Trent Mewbourn was in trouble Tuesday after bogeying the 17th hole at Lake Hefner North.
Chargers golf coach Andy Bogert told Mewbourn, who took a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Class 4A state tournament, he needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to win.
“I kinda thought he was joking; I thought he was trying to get me to two-putt,” Mewbourn said.
Whether he believed his coach or not, it didn't matter. Mewbourn eagled the hole to earn the individual 4A state championship.
“He took all the mystery out of it,” Bogert said. “That was great.”
Mewbourn topped Cascia Hall's Gabe Rogers and Clinton's Garrison Mendoza by two strokes for the individual title, and his play, combined with impressive final rounds by his teammates, lifted Heritage Hall to the team title as well.
The Chargers topped second-place Elk City by seven strokes.
Senior Michael Helton, who struggled with a 5-over-par score after the first two rounds, went out to the range early Tuesday to practice.
It paid off; Helton scored a 3-under 69 in Tuesday's final round and finished tied for sixth place individually.
“I told Michael last night, ‘We need a big round out of you,' and he said, ‘You've got it,'” Bogert said.
Helton, who has signed with George Washington University, said: “Yesterday was so rough for me, and then today was just awesome.”
Junior Gavin Mastell was also impressive Tuesday; he shot a 2-under 70 in the final round and finished tied for ninth overall.
“It was amazing,” Mewbourn said of his teammates' efforts. “I can't believe how well they came through.”
Mewbourn had hoped to walk on to Oklahoma's golf team as a freshman, but was told there was no room on the team. He'll still go to Norman to study, though, and hope a spot opens up next year.
“I'm going to go to school there as a freshman and try to get everything situated,” Mewbourn said. “I'll keep playing and maybe try to walk on as a sophomore.”
For Heritage Hall, it was the team's second golf title in the last three years; the Chargers won the Class 3A championship in 2010, but finished second to Tishomingo a year ago.
“It was their mission to win it again this year,” Bogert said.