The Edmond Sun


May 11, 2013

"North" to Stillwater

Edmond North wins 9th successive state title at Karsten Creek Golf Club; Santa Fe's McGreevy takes home back-to-back individual titles

STILLWATER — Edmond North did it again.

The robust Husky golf team romped to their ninth consecutive Class 6A state championship Tuesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater.

The Huskies won it in a landslide, clearing second-place Jenks by a whopping 27 strokes with four players placing in the top 10 individually.

North carded a three-round total of 884, including a smoking 282 aided by Hayden Wood’s 6-under-par 66 in the middle session. Jenks placed second (911), Edmond Santa Fe third (912) and Edmond Memorial fourth (926).

“I think Hayden and Nick (Heinen) firing a combined 10-under turned the tide,” stated Edmond North head coach Jeff Doherty about yet a ninth straight state crown. “They are supposed to carry us, the No. 1 and 1A players. They just went above and beyond the call of duty.”

For the second straight spring, Santa Fe’s Max McGreevy lassoed the individual championship, outdueling North’s Nick Heinen on the second playoff hole Tuesday.

“Oklahoma golf is pretty good in general,” Santa Fe head coach Mike Stolz said, referring to the stalwart competition McGreevy has overcome the past two seasons. “Oklahoma golf is tough.

“His ability to concentrate and hit shots is pretty incredible.”

When the smoke cleared at the end of the tournament, McGreevy, Heinen and Norman North’s Thomas Johnson all were deadlocked at a 2-under-par 214. On the initial playoff hole, Johnson was eliminated when he failed to birdie after 3-putting.

McGreevy (71-70-73) then birdied again on the ensuing playoff hole to top Heinen (74-68-72) for the gold medal.

“Mentally, I’ve never had anyone better,” Stolz said of his individual champ. “You take all the best players I’ve had and you will come up with Max.”

McGreevy was invited to play for the Team USA junior squad in Japan last year and will attempt to qualify for this year’s U.S. Open in Wichita, Kan. He will attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

Wood (79-66-73—218) placed fifth, Edmond Memorial’s Ty Tamura (72-72-78—221) wound up sixth, North’s Eli Armstrong (79-74-72—225) placed seventh and North’s Tyson Reeder (77-74-76—227) tied for ninth. Finalizinag the Huskies’ state scores was Griffin Pierce, who turned in a 79-75-83—237.

“These kids (Edmond North) work so hard for many reasons,” Doherty noted. “1. Because it is the right thing to do; 2. they do not want to get beat out; 3. I believe it is how their parents taught them. Don’t wait for a handout, get out there and work your bottom off.”

Santa Fe’s remaining scores were junior Drew Ison (76-78-76—230), Cody Troutman (82-72-83—237), sophmore Brett Hagan (78-77-80—235) and Kyle Buck (87-80-86—253).

“Brett Hagan just continues to improve,” Stolz said. “He’s really going to come on and do well.”

Also for the second successive year, the Wolves won the state academic trophy with a combined 3.97 gpa.

Rounding out Memorial’s scores were Trent Evans (78-78-78—234), Jacob Bishop (83-79-74—236), Ryan Roberts (79-77-79—235) and Jacob Prentice (86-79-86—251).

On Karsten Creek’s par-3 15th hole, Jenks’ Connor Houston rolled in a hole-in-one from 177 yards out.

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