Total. Dominance. Decade.
The Edmond North boys golf team won its 10th consecutive Class 6A state championship, and its 13th in all, running away from the field in Tuesday’s final round at Karsten Creek.
Over the first two rounds Monday, Edmond North built a 30-stroke lead, but on Tuesday, the Huskies turned a comfortable lead into a commanding one, finishing 57 strokes ahead of second-place Edmond Memorial.
“I’m always nervous. I never take anything for granted, but I was shocked by the scores (Monday),” Edmond North coach Jeff Doherty said. “Today, we weren’t playing great, but in the conditions, I thought we were playing pretty good. Then we win by 27 more, so I guess the course was harder, and those 77s and 78s weren’t that bad.”
Over the three rounds, Edmond North didn’t have to count a score higher than 80, and all five players finished in the top seven individually, led by champion Austin Eckroat.
“You could see when we went to Texas in March and won by 55 strokes down there, then won another tournament we’d never won before, I knew this was a special group,” Doherty said. “The group we had with Kevin Tway was special. These are dream teams. These teams don’t come along that often. They’ve come along for me twice, and some people never see them.”
BISHOP EARNS TOP 10 TO START BUSY DAY
Edmond Memorial senior Jacob Bishop took some time to celebrate with his teammates after the Bulldogs were able to hold onto second place, seven shots ahead of Owasso.
He posed for photos with his team and their runner-up trophy, wearing his top-10 medal around his neck.
But Tuesday’s success on the golf course was only half of his day. Bishop left Stillwater to head to Owasso, where he was set to suit up with the Edmond Memorial soccer team in a Class 6A semifinal match.
“We’re gonna go celebrate getting second place for a little bit, then I’ll head straight up to Owasso with my family,” Bishop said. “I’ve got a little bit (of energy) left. I stayed hydrated. It’s a tough golf course. It wears you out mentally, but I’m looking forward to the soccer game.”
Bishop shot a 54-hole total of 234 to tie for seventh.
NORMAN NORTH’S JOHNSON NETS ANOTHER TOP-THREE
For the second straight year, Norman North junior Thomas Johnson finished in the top three at state. Last year, he lost in a three-way playoff for the individual crown to Edmond Santa Fe’s Max McGreevy.
Johnson shot 78 on Tuesday for a 227 total, taking third place by himself.