Shawnee coach Kelly Parsons was not pleased with the Wolves’ first 18 holes Monday in the Class 5A state golf tournament at Fort Sill Golf Course, but he’ll take the end result.
The Wolves enter Tuesday’s third and final round with a team score of 609, which puts them in second place behind Tahlequah’s 603.
“I didn’t think we played very well the first 18 holes,” Parsons said. “You don’t expect (Daniel Langley) to not break 80 when he’s broke 80 all year long.
“If you’re telling me I’m going to be six strokes behind going into the last 18 holes, I’ll talk it right then. It means you’re in the running.”
Shawnee finished second last year after starting the final day lower in the standings.
The Wolves were led by junior Braden Ricks, who shot a 6-over par 148.
“I was hitting the ball pretty well,” Ricks said. “I kinda blew up at the end of the first round, but I feel like we can win. I feel like we’ve got a chance.”
JOHNSON, TAHLEQUAH IN CONTROL
Tahlequah senior Jake Johnson remembers the final nine holes of last season’s tournament all too well.
He was holding the individual lead, only to fall apart and tumble to a fourth-place finish.
Entering the final round this year, Johnson is back in control with a 3-under par 141 and has the Tigers leading the team race.
“I was just consistent all day and not making any mistakes playing smart and playing the spots I know I can hit,” Johnson said. “The practice round helped yesterday and staying out of down-wind putts and down-wind shots made it a little easier. When you get putts to fall, it’s a lot easier too.”
Sophomore Blake Berry followed Johnson with an 8-over par 150.
McGuinness’ Karsten Kenworthy improved by 17 strokes in the second round, going from a 16-over par 88 to a 1-under par 71 to finish with a 159. … Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel is playing his home course well, shooting a 2-under par 142 in the first two rounds to enter the final round in second place.