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State golf tournaments: Oklahoma Christian School competing for fourth straight title

Rustin Purser, Alexander Hall and Preston Schaefer provide senior leadership, and low scores to go with it. Purser shot 10-under-par 62 at qualifying two weeks ago, while Hall and Schaefer each finished in the top five at regionals.
by Scott Wright Published: May 6, 2012

Oklahoma Christian School golf coach Cheryl Hitchcock knows that a good athletic program is built from the bottom up.

So, when she saw the excitement generated by the boys team winning the state championship in 2006, she took the opportunity to propagate it.

By 2008, OCS was regularly fielding a successful junior-varsity team, made up mostly of kids who came up through the middle-school program.

Most Class 3A schools don't have the chance to build up middle-school or junior-varsity teams to the point that it eventually bears fruit at the varsity level. But Hitchcock has seized the opportunity to run her program that way.

“We've been fortunate that we've had a lot of interest in golf,” she said. “We've created a program where a lot of golfers get to participate in junior varsity, which helps you build for the future.”

On Monday and Tuesday, the Saints will be competing for their fourth consecutive state championship in the Class 3A tournament at Dornick Hills in Ardmore.

This is the team's first year at 3A after getting bumped up because of new OSSAA rules governing private-school teams.

That has made for a more challenging season, and Plainview is playing in its own backyard at Dornick. Plainview has to be considered the favorite after defeating OCS by 15 strokes in regionals last week.

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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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