Edmond North's top two players, Hayden Wood and Nick Heinen, are members at Karsten Creek in Stillwater. Wood even went as far as to say the pair “grew up here some” because of the amount of times they've played that course.
After Monday's first two rounds, Wood and Heinen are two parts of a three-way tie for first place in the individual standings at an even 144. Has that course familiarity given them an advantage in the state tournament?
“I'm so used to playing it with the greens so fast,” Wood said. “Now they're slow. You think that some of the putts are just going to run away from you, but they're just so slow now, (so) that kids can finish. The course is great, and it always is.”
Edmond Memorial coach Scott McDonald walked outside the Karsten Creek clubhouse after most of the players and families had left and simply stared at the leader board.
What he saw was a group in great position after the first round, with the lowest team score (296) and with two players that had shot even or better in Taylor Moore (72) and Ty Tamura (71).
But the second round got away from Memorial. There was a 13-stroke difference in team score and two players that shot above 80.
What did McDonald tell his team to motivate them for Tuesday?
“One more round to play,” McDonald said. “We're just going to come back strong and play like we've been playing all year. Hopefully we've still got our best golf left in us.”
Lawton Eisenhower's Cullen Stahl showed up at Karsten Creek Monday in head-to-toe lime green Puma gear, down to the flat-billed hat.
One might think the wardrobe choice was a nod to former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler the day after he notched his first career PGA Tour victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. Fowler is known for wearing bright orange Puma gear on Sundays.
But Stahl said bright colors have also been his signature look for golf tournaments since he was 14 — and that he doesn't wear them because of Fowler.
“It's new school, not old fashioned,” he said. “It's kind of the new age, just keeping it young. Starting a new era, I guess.”
Stahl was the highest-scoring individual who was not competing with his team Monday, finishing with a 74-78—152.