EDMOND — Max McGreevy knows there's a long way to go.
He knows he and his Edmond Santa Fe teammates have a wide gap to cover if they're going to knock off eight-time defending Class 6A golf champion Edmond North.
But that's the goal, nonetheless.
And the Wolves got a boost of confidence with a team victory at a tournament in Longview, Texas, earlier this month.
They shot a school-record 276 in the opening round, and McGreevy, last year's individual state champion, finished fifth overall.
The team title came just a few days after coming in second to Edmond North by 50 shots at a 36-hole tournament in Ardmore.
“Having that feeling of winning in Texas, and knowing we can shoot the scores we did gives us confidence,” McGreevy said. “We want to see if we can play off that, and see how well we can play against North this year.
“Everybody practiced harder over the summer and fall, and we know everybody on the team got better. We have experience, even though we're young, and we have confidence we can play better this year.”
The team didn't graduate anyone from last season, and the internal competition at Santa Fe is one of its most motivating forces, says coach Mike Stolz.
“Guys are fighting for the fifth spot,” he said. “When you have that competition, it pushes everybody. They know they can't slack off, because your spot isn't safe.
“That's what Edmond North has had for years, that inner competition.”
In addition to McGreevy, who signed with Oklahoma in November, Drew Ison anchors the top of the Wolves' lineup, but anyone in the top five can go under par on any day.
It's just a matter of putting it all together at the right time.
That's where McGreevy, the team's lone senior, becomes even more valuable. He's continually trying to help his teammates improve.
“In qualifying, everybody wants to play with Max,” Stolz said. “He wants to help them. Guys will ask him to look at their swing, and he'll always do it. He's one of those rare talents who cares as much about his teammates as he does winning tournaments for himself.”
Edmond Santa Fe has never had a team championship in boys golf, and McGreevy would love for his senior season to be the time it happens.
“With the friendships I've made on this team, we've all grown very close,” McGreevy said. “That would be a special way to go out.”