Class 5A golf: Chris Karlovich, Tulsa Kelley win state championships

Comets dominate on home course, finish 40 strokes ahead of Shawnee
by Ryan Aber Published: May 7, 2013
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photo - Chris Karlovich of Bishop Kelley tees off on the 16th hole as Kevin Daly of Bishop McQuinness (left) and Brady Bellinger of Deer Creek look on in the final round of the 5A State Championship Golf Tournament at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, OK, May 7, 2013. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1305071709332256
Chris Karlovich of Bishop Kelley tees off on the 16th hole as Kevin Daly of Bishop McQuinness (left) and Brady Bellinger of Deer Creek look on in the final round of the 5A State Championship Golf Tournament at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, OK, May 7, 2013. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1305071709332256

TULSA — Tulsa Kelley coach Shawn Lawhorn came up to his top golfer between the 17th and 18th holes with instructions.

“He told me I just needed a double (bogey) on 18 to win so that's what I went for,” Comets senior Chris Karlovich said. “I attacked the hole differently.”

It paid off — if barely.

Karlovich played conservatively and squeaked by with a double bogey to win the individual title at the Class 5A state tournament at Tulsa Country Club with a 219. Tulsa Edison's Alexander Hughes finished one strike behind.

“That might be the first time in four years that he's actually listened to me,” Lawhorn said afterward. “He hit a good shot and just played it in from there.”

Things weren't nearly as close in the team competition, as Tulsa Kelley finished 40 strokes in front of second-place Shawnee.

The win came on Kelley's home course.

“We struggled as a team for a lot of the year,” Karlovich said. “We started coming together here in the last few weeks. Our whole goal entering the year was to repeat as state champions.”

Now, Karlovich has the individual title to go along with it.

Karlovich was also happy that Hughes, his longtime friend, finished in second.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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