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Class 6A golf notebook: Edmond Santa Fe's Max McGreevy doesn't feel pressure as defending champion

One year after winning the title, McGreevy finds himself atop the leaderboard after Day 1.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: May 6, 2013
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photo - Edmond Santa Fe's Drew Ison tees off during the 6A boy's state golf tournament at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, OK, Monday, May 6, 2013,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe's Drew Ison tees off during the 6A boy's state golf tournament at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, OK, Monday, May 6, 2013, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Edmond Santa Fe's Max McGreevy had a breakout performance at last year's Class 6A state tournament, topping two-time defending individual champion Taylor Moore of Edmond Memorial to take medalist honors.

That success has rolled into 2013, with McGreevy leading by one stroke following the first two rounds at Karsten Creek.

McGreevy said that victory gave him confidence entering Day 1.

“I feel like I don't have as much pressure on myself to win this time,” he said. “I have it under my belt, so I can kind of just free-will it and just let it happen like it should.

“I made a bunch of pars today. Just hit a bunch of greens. Probably left quite a few shots out there, but all in all, a pretty solid day to start it off.”

NINTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE ‘A BIG DEAL' TO EDMOND NORTH

Edmond North's Nick Heinen recently created a #9peat hashtag on Twitter to symbolize the school's quest for a ninth consecutive state championship.

And to symbolize how important it is to those five players.

“You don't want to be the team that messes up the streak,” he said. “It's pretty important. It's a big deal to us.”

NORMAN NORTH'S JOHNSON MAKES BIG JUMP IN SOPHOMORE SEASON

Perhaps the biggest rising star in the field is Norman North's Thomas Johnson, who tallied the best score of the first round with a 4-under 68 and is in medalist contention heading into Tuesday's final round. He is tied for third with a 1-under 143 and is two shots off the lead.

As a freshman last year, his final score was 78-77-77.

What was the biggest key to the 10-stroke improvement on the first 18 holes?

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