The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 12, 2014

Chisholm 3rd, OBA 5th at 2A state golf

ENID, Okla. — Balance is the key to Chisholm’s boys’ golf success this season.

That was evident after the first 36 holes of the Class 2A state golf tournament at Oakwood Country Club Monday.

Chace Stalker, the Longhorns’ No. 1 player, had the highest score among his teammates (88-90-178), but Chisholm was a solid third going into today’s final round.

The Longhorns had a 659 after cutting 13 shots from their first round (336) with a 323 in the afternoon. Laverne was leading with a 640 with defending champion Rejoice Christian in second at 652.

“It’s a good thing we have a good team,’’ Stalker said.

No. 4 player Karsten Brady had the low score among the Longhorns with a 79 in the morning and a 78 in the afternoon for a 157.

He was followed by No. 2 Austin Swann (85-81-166), Brock Elmore (85-83-168) and Zachary Hill (87-81-168).

“We’re about where we hoped we would be,’’ said Chisholm coach Stephen Rempe. “Everybody was steady. It wasn’t a bad day at all. Today wasn’t a good day to be playing golf. I’m glad we can go home, sleep in our own beds and be restful for tomorrow. We just need to eliminate the little mistakes.’’

Brady “didn’t have very many birdies’’ but “had a lot of pars’’ and stayed away from trouble.

“I felt pretty good,’’ he said. “I was hitting drives pretty good and getting up-and-down pretty well. I just kept going.’’

Swann said he hit the ball well but struggled putting.

Elmore said he “didn’t play very well. Honestly, I couldn’t make any putts.’’

Hill said he didn’t feel he played well.

Oklahoma Bible Academy shot a 347 in the morning round, which was interrupted by rain and a 333 in the afternoon for a 680, good for fifth place in the 12-team field. Christian Heritage was fourth at 661.

The Trojans all improved on their morning scores, led by No. 2 player Josh Barnthouse, who had a 76, which included two birdies on the back and one on the front. He had an 83 in the morning for a 36-hole score of 159.

“I came out and hit the ball a lot better,’’ Barnthouse said about his afternoon round. “I was able to make some putts. I didn’t play well in the morning.’’

Adam Eaton, the Trojans’ No. 1 player, had an 84 in the morning and an 82 in the afternoon for a 166.

“Nothing went right,’’ said Eaton, who was expected to be a contender for individual honors. “All  I can do is come back tomorrow.’’

Other OBA scores were Thomas Freison (87-85-172), Andy Eaton (93-90-183) and Seth Schrader (134-110-234).

“It was a battle,’’ said Trojans coach Stephanie Ediger. “We could have done better. I was pleased we improved our scores. We’ll do better tomorrow.’’

Laverne had a 324 in the morning and 316 in the afternoon. Mason Overstreet, the defending individual champion, had a 70 in the afternoon, while Colten Person had an 80 and Jake Fanning an 81.

“We didn’t putt that well,’’ said Laverne coach Todd Overstreet, “but we did okay, the conditions were tough out there. We have a lot of young guys who have never played here before. We’re in the lead so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.’’

Rejoice Christian, the two-time defending champion, went from a 316 and an eight-shot lead over Laverne to a 333 in the afternoon to trail the Tigers by 12 shots.

Laverne, Rejoice Christian and Chisholm will be playing together, beginning at 8:53 this morning. OBA will be teeing off, beginning at 8:08.

“We’re going to be chasing tomorrow,’’ said Rejoice Christian coach Joyce Deason. “Our goal is to get that third state championship. We’ll give it everything that we have.’’

Hobart sophomore Brad Dalke, playing as an individual, was the individual leader at 137 after shooting a 70 in the morning and  a 67 in the afternoon.

Mason Overstreet, the defending champion, was five shots back at 142 (72-70). Rejoice Christian’s Brandon Strathe was third at 145 (71-74).

Dalke,who has already committed to the University of Oklahoma, had six birdies in both of his rounds.

The morning round was offset by five bogeys. He only had two bogeys in the afternoon.

“In the first round, I was hitting it pretty well, but I wasn’t making too many putts,’’ Dalke said. “In the afternoon, I didn’t hit it as well, but I made a lot of putts. I started to make the 10- to 15-foot putts. I could have had the same score in the morning if I was making my putts.’’

Dalke, who was in the first group to tee off, didn’t have his round interrupted by the round. He took advantage of the break by going on the putting green.

“I just worked on a few things,’’ he said. “I made some putts early and got my confidence back. Tomorrow, I’m going to stick with the same game plan, play it safe and make a few more putts.’’

Overstreet rallied in the first round after a bad start.

“It was pretty rough in the wind,’’ he said. “I was able to make some long putts. I don’t if I can catch Brad. He’s pretty far ahead. If he shoots another 67, he’ll deserve it.’’

Strathe had 16 pars to go with one birdie and one bogey in the morning. He had a 74 in the afternoon.

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