Weatherford’s Quade Cummins won last year’ state golf tournament on the Hefner Golf Course shooting 15 under par, but he trails Poteau’s Cody Shore by one stroke after Monday’s first 36 holes on the same course.
Cummins gave himself a grade of a “B” on Monday.
“I was pleased with my back nine on the second 18,” said Cummins, a University of Oklahoma commitment. “The front nine on the first 18 was pretty frustrating.”
Cummins, a junior, shot a one-under par 71 on the first 18 holes Monday and a five-under 67 on the second 18.
Cummins said the course is playing much different this year in the state tournament.
“It’s a lot harder,” he said. “It’s a lot colder and windy this year.”
Poteau’s Shore has Day 1 lead
Shore, who tied for fourth in last year’s state tournament, shot a three-under 69 and four-under-68 for a 36-hole score of 137. He sank a dozen birdies on the day.
“I played pretty good,” Shore said. “I didn’t make many mistakes in the wind, just kept away from trouble. I have been playing pretty solid lately.”
Hilldale’s Chandler Puckett, who is only two strokes back, said the Hefner course fits Shore.
“I knew Cody was going to play solid,” he said. “This is kind of his style of course. His wedge game is really good and this course is kind of shorter, more of a driver-wedge kind of game. He is really good at that.”
Puckett puts together strong day
Puckett, a senior who finished sixth last year in the state tournament, had rounds of 70 and 69 on Monday and was one of just three players to shoot under 140 for the 36 holes.
“I hit consistently good shots,” he said. “I putted really well. I just kept myself out of trouble and consistently hit fairways and greens. I made birdies when I had the opportunity.”
Puckett shot a 6-under-par on the Hefner course last year in the state tournament.
“Conditions are a lot tougher this year,” he said. “Last year there was zero wind both days. It opened the field and you could go a lot lower.”
Heritage Hall gunning for title
Heritage Hall is the Day 1 leader for the team title behind a group of young guns. The Chargers have four sophomores and one freshman on the squad.
The Chargers lead second place Fort Gibson by seven strokes heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Cascia Hall is third, nine strokes back
“All of them at one point or another was under par today,” Chargers’ coach Andy Bogert said of his youngsters. “The sky is the limit for them.”
Heritage Hall has won eight state golf titles and three of the last six. The Chargers were state runner-up last year.