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

Edmond North used a similar formula last year, ranking second in the team standings after the first round only to blow away the competition on the second 18 holes and cruise to its eighth consecutive championship.

Doherty is still trying to figure out the reason for the bumpy starts. Perhaps each player is trying to jump out to an early lead, he said, rather than just playing the round hole-by-hole.

“I think they all changed their mindset a little bit the first round,” the coach said, “and then they all just locked down. It can go south on you for two rounds, and fortunately, it just went the opposite.”

On the drive back to Edmond, Doherty said he planned to ask his team to be honest about what happened on those first 18 holes and what then keyed the gigantic turnaround.

And the message for Tuesday's final round will be simple and obvious: Use the second-round approach.

“I'm not going to get into any analytical thing,” Doherty said. “They know I'm not like that. They'd start laughing at me. I'll just tell them, ‘Tell me what was your thought the first round?' And I'll let them talk to me. Then I'll say ‘OK, now what was your thought the second round? Let's approach tomorrow like that.'

“That doesn't mean that they're going to shoot (a 282) again. That's unbelievable. But I think it does mean they'll just do things that they know are to their strengths. I don't want them to play safe. They wouldn't have shot 282 if they had played safe.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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