KINGSTON — El Reno senior Logan Gray wasn't displeased with his performance on the first day of the Class 5A boys state golf tournament, but he knows there's room to trim a couple strokes.
“I had three or four double-bogeys today, and I still shot 74-74,” said Gray, who took a one-stroke lead after 36 holes at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course on the shores of Lake Texoma. “I hung in there, so I was pleased. I believe I'm in the hunt.”
Ardmore's Jacob Oaks shot 149 Monday, but no other player is within five shots of the lead.
The team race is shaping up to be even more competitive, with three teams separated by three strokes. Deer Creek holds the advantage with a two-round total of 634, but Tulsa Bishop Kelley is one shot back and Shawnee is three behind with 18 holes to play Tuesday.
And still, Ardmore (643) and Durant (647) are lurking as well, clearly within striking distance on a long, difficult course.
Gray is ready for the challenge of Tuesday's potential showdown for the title, having shown that he can play under pressure this season. He's been in contention at virtually every tournament he played, and won twice. In each victory, he won in a playoff.
But passing the physical test Chickasaw Pointe presents will be crucial in winning on Tuesday.
“Playing 36 holes on this course puts a toll on you,” Gray said. “It has a lot of walking up and down hills. The last nine holes, your legs get weary and you start to lose shots. But you've got to fight through.
“I just need to play smart (Tuesday) and we'll see what happens.”