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High schools: Drew Ison has tuned up his golf game

The Edmond Santa Fe standout realized that he needed to relax on tournament day — even if it meant singing a song.
by Scott Wright Published: April 30, 2014

EDMOND — The problem with Drew Ison’s golf game was simple. He wasn’t singing enough.

Maybe that statement is a little more figurative than literal, but the essence of it is accurate.

The Edmond Santa Fe senior has been in the Wolves’ top five for four years. In practice and qualifying rounds, he’s been one of their best players since he got to high school.

The talent has always been there. But the results on tournament day weren’t consistently showing that talent.

A couple of weeks ago, it finally clicked. Ison realized he needed to relax.

“One of his teammates commented to me that he was singing songs on the golf course,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Mike Stolz said with a laugh. “That’s what’s working for him. He got some good advice from a couple of people. He read a book that has really helped him.

“It’s not a change in his golf game. It’s a change in the way he approached it.”

Basically, once Ison stopped worrying about shooting low scores, he started shooting low scores.

“I’ve been enjoying myself on the golf course, just let loose and let my abilities take care of themselves without worrying about it so much,” Ison said. “I haven’t been stressed out about trying to play well and shooting good scores. I’ve just let my natural abilities take over and I’m being calm.”

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by Scott Wright
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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