Behind four sophomores and a freshman, Heritage Hall closed strong in the final round to win the Class 4A boys’ golf state title on Tuesday.
The Chargers shot an 855 over the three rounds at Lake Hefner’s north course to finish 16 strokes ahead of Ft. Gibson.
“We had a seven-shot lead going into the last round, and we thought if we could shoot around 295 no one could catch us,” said coach Andy Bogert. “We came out and shot a 294, so basically got exactly what we wanted.”
Sophomores Tripp Harris (219), Andrew McDonald (223), and Sam Jackson (225), and freshman Beau Turrentine (225) combined to give Heritage Hall the title. Sophomore Blake Brigham shot a 230 as all five team members finished in the top 20 individually.
“These kids have grown up playing together,” Bogert said. “They play all year long, all the time. And they’re always playing in big tournaments, so they just go out and play. Two of them even went out and played another nine after we won the tournament.”
POTEAU’S SHORE TAKES INDIVIDUAL TITLE
Poteau junior Cody Shore spent 17 holes of the Class 4A state championship Tuesday trying to ignore the scoreboard. Then came the 501-yard par-five 18th. He couldn’t help himself.
“I knew I had to make birdie to tie or eagle to win,” Shore said.
A birdie meant a playoff against Hilldale’s Chandler Puckett, already in the Lake Hefner clubhouse with a five-under 211. An eagle gave Shore a final-round 73 for the day, a 210 for the tournament and a state championship.
Shore had to hold off Puckett and defending 4A champ Quade Cummins from Weatherford, plus the slew of underclassmen who made Heritage Hall the 4A team winner.