Class 6A boys golf: Austin Eckroat caps impressive freshman season with a title

Austin Eckroat shot 1-under-par 71 to come from five shots back and win the Class 6A individual state championship Tuesday at Karsten Creek.
by Scott Wright Published: May 13, 2014
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STILLWATER — What began as one of the best freshman seasons in the well-decorated history of Edmond North golf ended as one of the best freshman seasons the state has ever seen.

Austin Eckroat shot 1-under-par 71 to come from five shots back and win the Class 6A individual state championship Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

Eckroat tied for the top spot in his first varsity tournament in March, then won the next event. He’s been in the top five at nearly every high school tournament he played this spring.

But Tuesday was by far his most impressive performance as a Husky. His round of 71 was the only under-par round by any player in the three-round tournament.

Eckroat looks the part of a high school freshman, with his braces, skinny build and unruly tufts of brown hair sticking out under his Edmond North hat.

But his game is all grown up. Poised and confident on the course, Eckroat has a knack for keeping the ball down the middle, a quality that served him well on the narrow fairways of Karsten Creek.

“I have a lot of confidence, but I was pretty nervous today,” Eckroat said with a laugh. “I hit the ball pretty straight, so I thought this could be a good tournament for me. A lot of kids have to hit 3-woods and irons off the tee to keep it straight, but I was able to hit driver.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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