EDMOND — Playing 36 holes, walking the hilly terrain of Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman will suck the strength out of your legs.
Playing a soccer match will do the same thing.
How about both in one day?
Edmond Memorial senior Jacob Bishop pulled it off on Monday, and he hopes he won’t have to do it again.
“There aren’t any more conflicts on the schedule,” Bishop said. “This game got moved up one day, to the day of the tournament. But I got to the game on time.
“There was a little bit of fatigue factor, but it was an Edlam game against Santa Fe, so I was riding on adrenaline. It’s a lot of fun. I love both sports.”
Bishop gave up soccer when he got to high school, focusing on golf, which turned out to be a good decision. He had a strong junior year, and followed it up with a summer season that was one of the best in the state.
His play produced a scholarship offer from Wichita State, and he signed last fall. Now, he’s one of the top players in Class 6A.
But Bishop saw a need on the soccer team. He talked to golf coach Scott MacDonald, who is close friends with soccer coach Jeff Lovett. And everyone found a method that would work for Bishop to play both sports.
“Jacob is ultra-competitive,” MacDonald said. “He thought he could help the soccer team. Golf is his main focus. That’s what he’ll do in college. But he gets to play soccer on top of that. It’ll be a special memory for him.”
The Bulldog golf team has a strong senior class that includes Bishop, Kansas State signee Trent Evans and Oklahoma Christian signee Ty Tamura.
MacDonald has high hopes for his team this season, but he isn’t worried about soccer creating a distraction for Bishop.
“He is truly a product of dedication and hard work to become the best at his craft,” the coach said. “Over the course of last season and last summer, he really exploded as a player. He wants to be in that leadership role for our team. He’s incredibly focused and wants to do well.”