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.