SEMINOLE – The Ada High School boys golf team struggled through the first round but battled back strong in the second to finish runner-up in a Class 4A Regional earlier this week at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course.
Heritage Hall overwhelmed the field by posting a team score of 607. The Cougars were second at 661 after registering a 338 on the first 18 holes. But Ada responded with a 323 in the final round, cutting 15 strokes off the opening 18 holes. Blanchard was third at 675.
“The day turned out to be a good one, but we really did not start off very good. I thought the kids rallied really well in the afternoon,” said Ada head coach Robbie Powell. “We were 15 shots better in the afternoon than we did in the morning, and I was happy to see that. They could have gotten their heads down and started feeling sorry for themselves, but they decided they wanted to pass Blanchard and get into second place, and that is what they did.”
Reed Townsend fueled the Cougar effort with a final, round 77, after starting off with a 82. Teammates Ben Pruitt and Sam Brown were tied for second on the squad as Pruitt shot an 82 and 81, while Brown recorded an 83 and 80. Ryan Hagar posted a 91 and 85 for Ada, and Matthew Brown had a 93 and 89.
“I thought Reed and Sam played pretty well and I was very proud of Ben, who gutted out all 36 holes. He is still struggling with an injury and was in a lot of pain for the last 27 holes,” Powell said. “We will keep treating him and hopefully continue to make progress toward feeling better for the state tournament next Monday and Tuesday at Lake Hefner.”
Heritage Hall’s William McDonald captured medalist honors after firing rounds of 72 and 74, which were four shots better than second-place Don Franklin, of Anadarko. Franklin shot back-to-back rounds of 75 each. Blanchard’s Kaden Upton was third after a 77 and 74.
“We are still making too many mistakes, and that is why Heritage Hall is getting away from us,” said Powell. “Hopefully, we can correct those mistakes and be a little more competitive.”