Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler made a surprise appearance in Oklahoma City on Monday to give a clinic and free Cobra golf bags to the high school golf teams at Moore, Westmoore and Southmoore.
Fowler, along with Farmers Insurance, one of his sponsors on the PGA Tour, organized the event as a way to support the Moore community that is still healing from the May 20 tornado.
During disaster recovery efforts last May, Farmers executives met Moore High golfer Jake Reddington, a big fan of Fowler. That encounter inspired Monday's clinic, giving Reddington a chance to meet one of his heroes, and to help nearly 100 golfers at the three Moore high schools.
“This definitely stands out for me, being able to come back to Oklahoma, a place that's close to me,” Fowler said. “Being able to come back and being able to hang out with some high school golfers, it's pretty cool. They always have golf to go hang out, have fun with their friends, and it's something they can always use to have a good time.”
CHANDLER'S GRAY WINS OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AT CUSHING
Chandler's Heath Gray received one of two outstanding wrestler honors from the Cushing wrestling tournament last weekend.
Gray defeated Cale Wilson of Sallisaw 7-6 in the 170-pound championship match. Bartlesville's Michael Hamilton was also named outstanding wrestler after claiming first at 160 pounds with a 15-0 technical fall over Perry's David Thomas.
Chandler, which finished eighth in the team standings, also had a champion at 182 pounds with Darian Mixon defeating Sperry's John Gruenwald 3-0 in the championship finals.
Perry, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, won the team title with eight total placers and 199 points. Class 4A No. 2 Cushing was second with 179.5 points, and Plainview took third with 154 points in the 31-team field.
NORMAN NORTH RUNNER-UP AT GRAPEVINE DUALS
The Norman North wrestling team, ranked No. 7 in Class 6A, took second place at the 24-team Grapevine Duals tournament last weekend in Grapevine, Texas.
The Timberwolves went 7-1 in the tournament against all Texas-based competition with wins over Flower Mound, Frisco, Arlington Bowie, Springtown, Hebron, Liberty, and Grapevine.
Norman North fell 38-32 to Morton Ranch (Katy, Texas) in the championships finals.
SANTA FE'S HELSLEY WINS MEECE SCHOLARSHIP
Edmond Santa Fe senior Sarah Helsley was named the winner of the 17th annual Volney Meece Scholarship on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America for her work in and out of the classroom.
Helsley, the daughter of The Oklahoman's Oklahoma State reporter John Helsley, will receive a grant of $1,000 for four years. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the FWAA and named for the late Volney Meece, who served 22 years as the FWAA's executive director and was the organization's president in 1971.
Sarah Helsley is a National Merit Semifinalist who ranks in the top two percent of her senior class. She's a member of the National Honor Society and the Pablo Neruda chapter of the Spanish Honor Society.
She is also an editor for the student newspaper and costume designer for the drama department. She also volunteered at the University of Oklahoma Children's Hospital and leads a confirmation class at her church.