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Class 6A golf: Edmond North in first place after crazy two rounds

The Huskies, who are after a ninth consecutive state championship, lead second-place Edmond Santa Fe by 13 strokes heading into the final round.
BY GINA MIZELL Modified: May 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm •  Published: May 6, 2013

STILLWATER — It's been Edmond North's strategy all season.

An unintentional strategy. One that has driven coach Jeff Doherty crazy.

Edmond North has always started slow in the first round, then rebounded on the next 18 holes.

But never like this.

After shooting a 21-over 309 in Monday's first round of the Class 6A state tournament, Edmond North shaved 27 strokes off its second-round score to finish the day with a 591.

That allowed Edmond North to jump from third to first — with a 13-stroke lead over second-place Edmond Santa Fe. And it has put Edmond North in prime position to capture its ninth consecutive team title heading into Tuesday's final round.

“That's the worst round of golf that I've seen since 2004, and it's the best round of golf that I've seen since 2004,” Doherty said. “In the same day. We've shot lower to par than that, but not a course as hard as Karsten Creek.

“ … They weren't down (after the first round). They were so embarrassed that I knew they would play well. I just did not know they were going to do this.”

Every Edmond North player improved their score by at least three strokes, led by Hayden Wood's 6-under 66 and Nick Heinen's 4-under 68. Heinen's Day 1 score of 142 trails Edmond Santa Fe and defending medalist Max McGreevy by one stroke for the individual lead, while Wood is four shots back with a score of 145.

“At a course like this, anything can happen,” Wood said. “We always kind of get off to a slow start, but this golf course is hard and we just get warmed up ...”

Wood's 66 was the best round of the day. He tallied seven birdies and an eagle on 14 on a putt off the green.

Others that enter Tuesday in contention for medalist honors include Jenks’ Brendon Jelley, Norman North’s Thomas Johnson and Edmond Memorial's Ty Tamura, who all finished with a 1-under 143.

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