TULSA — Piedmont's Colton Cowan has had better days at the state golf tournament, but his performance in the third and final round of the Class 5A tournament at Tulsa Country Club was his most special.
Cowan shot a final-round 74, four strokes better than his best round Monday, to move into the top 10.
“It was awesome,” Cowan said. “Not many people get to qualify for the state tournament for four years.”
Cowan and his twin brother, Cameron, made the state tournament in each of their four years at Piedmont. Cameron's best round of the tournament was an 81 in the second round.
Colton plans to play college golf at Southwestern Christian in Bethany, while Cameron will likely forego golf to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State.
IRISH WIN ACADEMIC TITLE
For the second consecutive year, Bishop McGuinness won the Class 5A academic state championship.
The Irish have a team grade-point average of 3.82.
“I'm very, very proud of that,” McGuinness coach Gary Savely said. “McGuinness doesn't win that many academic state championships. We have a really smart group of guys.
“Ten years from now, winning the academic championship is going to mean more than winning the state title.”
McGuinness finished fourth, one stroke behind third-place Deer Creek.
Wolves make big move
No team did more to improve on the second day than Shawnee.
The Wolves were in fourth place to start the day before shooting their best team score in the third round to pass Deer Creek and Bishop McGuinness for second place.
Shawnee's No. 1, Garrett McDaniel, shot a final-round 74 to finish fifth overall. Daniel Langley, the Wolves' No. 2, shot his best score in the final round with a 77.
Cole Humphrey also shot his best score in the last round.