Today already was going to be special for Idabel senior Zac Myers, even before he captured the Class 4A boys medalist crown with a 3-under-par 69 on Tuesday.
Myers will sign a letter of intent with Oklahoma Baptist today.
"I couldn't be happier," Myers said after his two-stroke victory at the Hefner North Course. "Winning this tournament is definitely a confidence-booster and something I can be proud of."
Slow start, fast finish
Despite standing 2-over after the first four holes, Myers shaved 11 strokes off Monday's opening-round of 80, which was played in high wind gusts.
"I thought it was going to be just like (Monday) when I couldn't get anything going," Myers said of the second round. "I think I was pressing really hard because it was my senior year. I think I tried too hard. I didn't think I had any shot at winning. I definitely didn't think I was going to shoot 5-under (31) on the back nine."
Myers' teammate, senior Harrison Shipp, finished in a four-way tie for second. Myers initially was more concerned about keeping up with Shipp than he was about winning the medalist title.
"I thought, 'Oh, man. He's going to beat me, ' " Myers said with a smile. "It was our goal to finish 1-2 at regionals and state. Harrison was deserving of winning this as well. I was proud of him to play this well. He's a really talented player."
Legendary pep talk
Myers becomes the first boys medalist from Idabel, which is the hometown of four-time girls state medalist Lacey Jones (2001-04).
Jones addressed the Idabel boys team before the state tournament and stressed the importance of mental toughness.
All in the family
Piedmont, which placed fourth, has a triple threat in the Cowan family.
Junior Austin Cowan finished 15th, freshman Colton Cowan finished 16th and freshman Cameron Cowan shot 82 on Tuesday.