All-State golf notebook: West boys and girls teams top East
Gary Savely gave a quick message before players started teeing off in the All-State golf tournament Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
“We’re here to have fun,” the McGuinness boys coach told them.
That’s exactly what the players did as they competed in their final high school sporting event.
On a day the West boys team beat the East 8.5-6.5 and the West girls won 10.5-9.5, the outcome of the competition wasn't necessarily important.
After having their senior seasons canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All-Staters were just happy to be on the course.
“It means quite a bit, especially because we didn’t have a golf season this year,” Kingfisher’s Colby Campbell said. “I thought it was really awesome to get to come to it.”
The opportunity for the event taking place was in jeopardy after the Oklahoma Coaches Association canceled its All-State week and coaches clinic in May, but the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association developed a plan and decided to host Monday’s event.
The tournament had a Ryder Cup-style of play and included two-person teams. There were six holes of best ball, six holes of modified alternate shot and six holes of scramble.
Some of the duos, including Purcell’s Alicia Baker and Oklahoma Christian Academy’s Rylei Gunter, had never played with each other until Monday.
Baker and Gunter’s unfamiliarity didn’t faze them. They shot a 69, the lowest score in the girls division.
Baker and Gunter will both play sports in college. Baker intends to play basketball at Henderson State, and Gunter will golf at Oklahoma Baptist.
“This has been one of the funnest tournaments I’ve ever been in,” Gunter said. “We got to bounce off each other, and this is the lowest score I’ve ever shot with someone.”
Ardmore's Glaser, Owasso's Rhodes receive scholarship
Ardmore's Maile Glaser and Owasso's Tyler Rhodes were named the winners of the Kyle Lewis Memorial Scholarship.
Glaser and Rhodes will each receive $1,000.
The award, which is given annually by the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association, is named in honor of a Bethel golfer who died in a single-car accident while driving home from the 2010 All-State golf tournament.
Clift, Morgan finish with lowest score
Edmond Memorial's Asher Clift and Guthrie's Luke Morgan shot a 63, the best round of the day.
Both golfers plan to continue their careers in college.
Clift will golf at Oklahoma Christian. Morgan, who was trying to help Guthrie win its third consecutive Class 5A state title before the season was canceled, is a Baylor signee.