Heritage Hall has a rich tradition in golf. The Chargers have won eight state championships, including three of the last six, but never have they been so good and so young.
The Chargers, who take a seven-stroke lead over Fort Gibson heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes of the Class 4A state golf championships, are the youngest team in the tournament.
Heritage Hall fields a squad of four sophomores and one freshman. Three of the sophomores – Sam Jackson, Tripp Harris and Andrew McDonald – played on Heritage Hall’s runner-up squad last year as freshmen.
“We have never had a team so good so young,” Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said. “Some of them don’t even drive yet.”
Freshman Beau Turrentine and sophomore Blake Brigham comprise the rest of the team.
Turrentine and Harris each shot a 36-hole score of 147 Monday at the Hefner Golf Course. McDonald posted a score of 148 while Jackson scored 149. Brigham shot 159.
“We are all about the same,” McDonald said. “The No. 1 bag’s scoring average is like 74 and the No. 5 bag’s average is 77. Every single day we are out there practicing, pushing each other to get better.”
The teammates are also close friends.
“Ever since we were 9, we’ve all been members of the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club and just kind of play every day of the summer,” he said.
“I would say that Andrew and I are the long hitters on the team but not by far. Sam Jackson is a pretty good iron player and Blake Brigham is a good wood player. He hits it will off the tee.”
Bogert said the group is very competitive, even with each other.
“They’ve grown up playing together,” he said. “They play every day. They practice every day. They love being out on the golf course. They have those friendly battles going every day.”
The battles, however, are not always just for fun.
“We play for money a lot,” Turrentine said.
McDonald said the individual rivalries ultimately benefit the team.
“Every single day we are always out practicing, pushing each other to get better,” McDonald said. “It makes us a lot better because in most tournaments you are competing against your team.”
Bogert said the sky is the limit for the group.
“I think they are going to get better and better,” he said.