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Cougar Boys Golf Finishes Seventh At State
05/10/18 -

CUSHING — The phrase “Too hot to handle” is usually associated with baseball, referring to a ball hit so hard a defender can’t catch it.

It was the perfect way to describe the Heritage Hall Chargers during the Class 4A State golf tournament, held Monday at the Buffalo Rock Golf Course.

The private school powerhouse blistered the course with an opening round of 281 and never eclipsed the 300 mark en route to claiming a Class 4A state championship. The Chargers finished with a three-round total of 281-294-293—868 and were 27 strokes ahead of second-place Plainview that scored a 309-305-281—895.

The Ada Cougars settled for seventh place with a three-round score of 310-317-330—957. The Cougars challenged Heritage Hall April 17 at the Cushing Invitational on the same course. Heritage Hall won that tournament with a score of 314, while Ada finished a stroke back at 315.

The Chargers were too good at the state tournament.

“I was disappointed with where we finished this week, and the kids were too. We really felt like we had a chance to compete for a championship and played a good first round (310),” Ada head coach Robbie Powell said. “But Heritage Hall came in with a great first round, and the tournament seemed like it was over before we knew what was going on.”

Powell said he thought his team tried to make up too much ground too quickly from that point on.

“The kids never recovered from the shock of being so far behind after round one. They really started to press to try and catch up, and that did not work out,” he said.

Poteau finished third at 313-289-307—909, Elk City was fourth at 311-306-312—929 and Cascia Hall rounded out the Top 5 with a score of 310-313-308—931.

Matthew Braly of Cascia Hall won the medalist crown with a 71-69-65—205, while William McDonald of Heritage Hall was next with a 65-72-73—210. Ryan Ward of Poteau finished third at 73-67-71—211, Saxon Ross of Plainview was fourth at 72-74-69—215, and Alec Dominic of Sallisaw (73-72-71—216) and Tyler Neher of Plainview (77-71-68—216) tied for fifth.

Ada’s Max Roberts was all alone in seventh place with a score of 70-75-72—217.

Other Cougar results were Mack Weems (84-78-85—247), Ryan Hagar (83-83-84—250), Matthew Brown (78-81-92—251) and Aiden Plumlee (79-84-89—252).

All five Ada golfers finished in the Top 50.

The good news: Ada returns its full state tournament lineup in 2019.

“Hopefully, they take this experience and benefit from it next season. We have everyone back next season that played in the regional tournament and the state tournament, so we should be strong again next year,” Powell said.


Special thanks

“I need to thank the membership at Oak Hills Country Club for allowing us to practice with all of our high school golfers. It is a great facility and we certainly benefit from their hospitality and the donations that they make to the program,” Powell said.

“I also want to thank Del Howry at Pecan Valley Driving Range and David and Mildred Muse at Lakewood Golf course for allowing our junior high golfers to practice at their facilities. Our golf program is better because of the support of all of these people and our school administration that supports everything we do,” he said.

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