LAWTON — Shawnee’s Daniel Langley sat in a golf cart outside the clubhouse at the Fort Sill Golf Club in Lawton replaying the final hole in his head.
The senior quietly spoke about his two-day performance in the Class 5A state golf tournament, but he was hung up on his putt for birdie that narrowly missed on par-4 No. 18.
The miss left Shawnee in second place for the third straight year Tuesday, with the Wolves losing to Tahlequah by one stroke.
“I read it well, I hit it right where I wanted to and caught the lip,” Langley said about the 9-foot putt.
Tahlequah’s Jake Johnson bogeyed the final hole to finish with a 2-over par 74 to tie Langley in the final round, but clinch the team title and individual title.
It’s the Tigers’ first team title in school history, and it ends the two-year reign by Tulsa Kelley.
“It was a very emotional hole,” Johnson said. “It’s the last hole of high school and it ended awesome.”
Tahlequah finished with a team score of 912 and avoided a collapse of the six-stroke lead it carried into the final round.
Had Langley made that final putt, there would have been a playoff for the team title, the second playoff in three years for the Wolves.
As a result, Shawnee coach Kelly Parsons was left looking for answers.
“Of course, 54 holes I’m sure we left some strokes out there somewhere,” he said. “They’re all going to be beating themselves up. I don’t know what you tell those guys. It’s a tough deal for them.”
Shawnee shot a combined 304 in the final round, and junior Braden Ricks finished 10th overall with a 225. Langley finished with a 233.
But the combination of Johnson and sophomore Blake Berry was too much. Berry shot a total of 223, which left him in a tie for sixth alongside Tulsa Edison’s Alexander Hughes.
“It’s hard not to go shooting and hollering and tackling my teammates and stuff,” Berry said. “Man, it’s unbelievable.”
Shawnee now looks to finally get that top spot next season, and Langley thinks the Wolves are in a better position than when he started four years ago.
“We’ve started a dynasty, you can say, in Shawnee and there’s a lot of young kids playing and they want to be a part of the Shawnee program now,” Langley said.