Tahlequah senior Jake Johnson is hoping to use the momentum of winning the Class 5A individual title Tuesday to qualify for the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
But first he has to make a celebratory stop in Oklahoma City.
Johnson said he’s attending the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday before heading to Wichita, Kan., for the tournament.
“It’s just always been a goal to make it to the U.S. Open and I want to go try it,” the Northeastern State signee said.
Johnson shot a 215 to win the tournament at Fort Sill Golf Course and also help the Tigers win the team title.
He said he made five putts longer than 10 feet, with his best coming uphill on No. 17 from 12 feet out.
“I about gave myself a heart attack on some of the holes,” Johnson said.
LAWTON MACARTHUR’S MEISEL NEARLY WINS IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD
Lawton MacArthur senior Trent Meisel didn’t think he’d be in the state tournament midway through the season.
After finishing second individually, the Highlander who is bound for Air Force was pleased with how his season turned out.
“I wanted to work hard all year and win,” he said. “It’s working its way back together.”
Meisel shot a 2-over par 74 in the final round, one shot shy of Johnson. Much like the team title, it came down to the final hole.
Meisel bogeyed on No. 18, just like Johnson, after making birdie putts on Nos. 16 and 17.
“I wanted to come out here at least shoot even, maybe a couple under, and shots weren’t going my way,” Meisel said. “I just left a whole lot out there. I didn’t play my best today.”
DEER CREEK NAMED ACADEMIC CHAMPION
Deer Creek was named the Class 5A academic champion by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association following the tournament.
The Antlers had a GPA of 3.80.
They finished fifth in the tournament with a team score of 945. Senior Jake Badrell led the team with a total score of 230 (75-79-76).