If someone is to keep Edmond North from winning its 10th consecutive Class 6A boys golf title, it’s going to take a performance bordering on miraculous in the final round Tuesday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater.
Edmond North’s two-round total of 597 is 30 strokes ahead of Edmond Memorial, with Jenks 32 back after 36 holes Monday. All five of Edmond North’s players are in the top 10 heading into the final round, including the individual leader, Hayden Wood, and two more tied for second.
While most of the team got off to a slow start Monday, the Huskies got on track quickly enough to hold the lead after 18 holes, and extend it after 36.
“The last two years, we’ve been behind after the first round,” Wood said. “It was kind of feeling like déjà vu at first. But it was really good to start the second round with a lead, because we weren’t sure about the weather. That could’ve changed a lot of things.”
NORMAN NORTH’S JOHNSON IN THE MIX AGAIN
Norman North junior Thomas Johnson was one of three players in a playoff for the individual title last season. And a year later, Johnson is right back in the middle of things after a first-day total of 149, two shots off the pace of Wood.
Johnson already feels like last year’s experience on the big stage has helped him this time around.
“I’m definitely more comfortable with the pressure putts and shots,” he said. “I hope that carries over to tomorrow and helps me learn from it.”
EDMOND MEMORIAL JUMPS INTO SECOND.
Though only one player shot below 81 in the first round, Edmond Memorial managed to keep itself in a tie for third place.
And with all five players shooting 80 or better in the second round, the Bulldogs fought their way into second place entering Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Jacob Prentice is in eighth place at 155, and Jacob Bishop is tied for ninth at 156.
“It’s playing pretty tough out there, and each of us has had a few bad holes,” senior Trent Evans said. “But overall, we’re playing well as a team. If we go play our game, we’ll see if we can put up a good score tomorrow.”