In a football-crazy town like Weatherford, powerfully built 6-foot-3 sophomores generally find high school stardom at left tackle, not on the delicate grass of a golf course.
But Quade Cummins knows where he belongs.
The long-hitting sophomore shot 5-under-par 67 Tuesday — his third straight round of 67 — to run away with the Class 4A state golf championship, posting a 54-hole total of 15 under par to win by five shots on Lake Hefner's North Course.
“A teaching pro told me he might be the best junior golfer in the state,” Weatherford coach Tom Bergman said. “He's intelligent, a hard worker. Golf is his life. You can't keep him off the golf course.
“He's a great course-management kid, even as young as he is. It's a privilege to watch him play and be part of his success.”
Cummins closed the tournament with an eagle on the 18th hole, a 471-yard par 5. His booming drive left him only a 9-iron to the green.
“I played junior high football. I was the center,” Cummins said with a smile. “I just play one sport now.”
Understandably so. Cummins has already made a name for himself on the summer tours, and his performance the last two days had golf fans buzzing.
Cummins recorded two bogeys and one double-bogey over 54 holes, while recording three eagles on his way to a 201 total.
Even after shooting 10 under par through the first 36 holes, Cummins knew he'd need to go low again Tuesday to hold on.
“In the past, the winning scores had been right around 10 under, but I knew I'd have to go under par today to win,” he said. “I knew (runner-up Wesley Jackson of Fort Gibson) would come out and try to make a bunch of birdies.”
Jackson, who started the day two behind Cummins, shot a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday to finish five shots back.
Cummins finished fifth last year as a freshman, and said Tuesday's title is the most meaningful win he's had.
“This is pretty special,” he said. “I'll get to always be a state champion.”
The round of the tournament came from Ada senior Justin Powell with an 8-under-par 64 Tuesday, helping the Cougars post a six-stroke victory over Heritage Hall for the team title.
It was Ada's 10th team championship in boys golf, but first since 1989.
Powell's round, which included three eagles, three birdies and just one bogey, moved him into third individually at 208, with Cody Shore of Poteau and Garrison Mendoza of Clinton tying for fourth at 209.