OKLAHOMA CITY – The Ada High School boys golf team struggled to a 13th-place finish Monday at the Class 4A State Preview at the Lake Hefner Golf Course.
The Cougars, who once again saw their top golfer, Ben Pruitt, withdraw while batting a lingering injury, couldn’t overcome 30 mile-per-hour wind gusts and the absence of their talented senior.
“This was a very difficult day for us,” said Ada head coach Robbie Powell. “The conditions were very difficult with the wind blowing at about 30 miles per hour the entire day, and on top of that, we just did not play very well.”
Heritage Hall captured the team title with a 302, followed by Hilldale at 322 and Putnam City North at 324. There were 24 teams in the field.
Ada recorded a team score of 350.
The Cougars did get a solid effort out of Reed Townsend, who shot an 83 to top the squad. Matthew Brown followed with an 87, Ryan Hagar recorded an 89 and Sam Brown ended up with a 91.
“Reed was the only one that played very well at all. He played pretty well, with the exception of two holes in which he hit the ball in the water and made triple bogies,” Powell said.
It is unclear whether Pruitt will be ready for the playoffs.
“Ben is still struggling with his injury and was again unable to finish his round. It has been a difficult year for him, and I feel bad for him,” Powell said. “He works really hard and is trying to get healthy enough to be able to play. I really hope he is able to participate and finish a tournament.”
The top individual performance from the tournament came from Heritage Hall’s William McDonald, who fired a 69 and edged out second-place Dalton Daniel, of Newcastle, by one stroke. Daniel’s 70 was two shots better than third-place Ryan Ward, of Poteau.
Ada will compete in the Class 4A Regional on Monday at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course in Seminole.
“We will have to do a better job handling tough conditions at our regional on Monday if we hope to be playing at the state tournament in two weeks,” said Powell.