After a three-putt bogey — his first of the day — on the 17th hole, Ada senior Justin Powell went to the 18th tee angry.
He ripped a drive down the fairway of the 471-yard par 5 that left him only a pitching wedge to the green, then rolled in a 15-foot eagle putt to post the low round of the Class 4A state golf tournament, an 8-under-par 64, on Tuesday at Lake Hefner's North Course.
As special as it was for Powell personally to shoot his best round on the final day of the state tournament, it was even bigger for his team.
Behind Powell's 64 and fellow senior Wyatt Robson's 3-under 69, Ada defeated Heritage Hall by six shots to win the team title. Elk City was third, 13 shots back.
Tied with Heritage Hall entering the final round, Ada shot a 4-under 284 Tuesday. It was Ada's 10th title in boys golf, but first since 1989.
“It's been 24 years, so it's cool to take this one back to the community and all the people that support us,” Robson said. “This is a good win.”
Powell's round, which included three eagles and three birdies, moved him into third individually at 208, with Cody Shore of Poteau and Garrison Mendoza of Clinton tying for fourth at 209.
“In practice, I've shot 66 before, but this is my lowest round by far,” he said. “Good to go out with a bang.”
CHARGERS BUILT FOR LONG HAUL
As frustrating as Tuesday's runner-up finish was for Heritage Hall, especially for seniors Gavin Mastell and Carson Yates, the Chargers aren't going anywhere.
Three freshmen, Andrew McDonald, Sam Jackson and Tripp Harris, combined to shoot 73 or better in five of their nine combined rounds.
The Chargers had the most balanced effort of the tournament, with all five players finishing in the top 20 with a 54-hole total of 222 or better. Mastell's 1-over-par 217 was good for 12th place.
ALL-STATE, ACADEMIC AWARDS GIVEN OUT
In addition to their team state championship, Ada's Robson and Powell will get to team up once again at the All-State golf matches in Tulsa this summer. They earned the two east spots from the Class 4A tournament, while Clinton's Mendoza and Elk City's Joby Gray earned the west spots.
Tuttle was named the Class 4A academic state champion.