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Edmond North golf team so deep that a Division I signee is the Huskies' sixth man

Two Edmond North golfers — Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood — have signed with Oklahoma State. Griffin Pierce is headed to OU. Junior Tyson Reeder is bound for big-time college golf as well.
by Scott Wright Published: April 3, 2014
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— Edmond North golfer Sam Humphreys shot a two-round total of 1-over-par 141 to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Edmond Memorial Bulldog Invitational at Kickingbird Golf Club on Tuesday.

He has already signed a letter of intent with the University of Tulsa.

He could’ve spent his entire high school career as the No. 1 player for about 95 percent of the high school teams in the state.

Instead, he’s in a constant battle just to crack the top five at Edmond North.

That’s how deep the nine-time defending champion Huskies are this year. Their sixth man is a Division I golfer.

Two players — Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood — have signed with Oklahoma State. Griffin Pierce is headed to OU. Junior Tyson Reeder is bound for big-time college golf as well.

Then there’s the freshman. Austin Eckroat is already making history for an historically powerful team. Through his first five tournaments, Eckroat has won once, tied for first at another tournament and taken second at two more.

“We’re all pretty competitive with each other, but especially with the freshman. We’ve gotta stop him from winning everything,” Pierce said with a laugh.

With so much talent, the question becomes, is this the best Edmond North team we’ve seen?

Not yet, says Heinen, pointing back to the teams of the mid-2000s led by Robert Streb and Kevin Tway, both of whom are on the PGA Tour now.

“Since my freshman year, we’ve gotten better every year, and this is definitely the best team since I’ve been here,” said Heinen, whose older brother, Alec was in the program at the end of Tway’s run. “But we’re not as good as those guys. If we play well, we can be, but they were way more consistent. Those guys never played bad.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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