The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 13, 2014

Laverne wins first title; Chisholm, OBA top-five at state golf

Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Tuesday was a story of success and emotion for northwest Oklahoma at the Class 2A state golf tournament at Oakwood Country Club.

Laverne won its first-ever team championship for departing coach Todd Overstreet and his son, Mason, the Tigers’ No. 1 player, who will be moving to Kingfisher.

Mason, a sophomore and the tournament’s defending champion, was second in the individual competition with a 214,  two shots behind Hobart wunderkind Brad Dalke, who had a 75 Tuesday to finish at 212.

Chisholm had its highest-ever finish at state — third behind Laverne and Rejoice Christian.

Oklahoma Bible Academy’s Adam Eaton received a certificate for a top-15 showing and beat Laverne’s Jake Fanning in a playoff for one of two automatic All-State berths with a par on the first hole.

The champion Tigers had a team score of 954, 31 shots better than runner-up and two-time defending champion Rejoice Christian.

“It’s a pretty big deal,’’ said Todd Overstreet, who has taken the principal’s job at Kingfisher. “It was important for Mason to go out with these guys with a team championship.”

The team win meant more to the younger Overstreet than any individual title.

“I’m really happy,’’ he said. “I really wanted the team trophy. It was pretty rough out there. I would play good, then play bad ... I was all over the place, but winning the team championship makes everything worth it.’’

Overstreet received solid support from his teammates. Colten Person, a sophomore, had a 78 for a 54-hole score of 245. Fanning, the  team’s lone senior, had a 79 for a 240. Freshmen Trayven Kirkhart and Hunter Person both had 85s for 54-hole scores of 259 and 257, respectively.

“We’re strong from top to bottom,’’ said Todd Overstreet. “All of these kids enjoy playing. They play all the time in the summer.’’

Chisholm shot 342 overall Tuesday to finish at 1001, 15 shots ahead of fourth-place Christian Heritage.

“I’m more than happy with that,’’ said Longhorns coach Stephen Rempe. “The guys played like they have all year. Everyone was within a few strokes of each other.’’

Brock Elmore had the low score both Tuesday for the Longhorns with an 82 to finish at 250 overall. Karsten Brady, who had an 86 Tuesday, was Chisholm’s low man overall at 243.

Other CHS scores were Austin Swann (86-252), Zachary Hill (88-256) and Chace Stalker (94-272).

“I didn’t hit the ball very well today,’’ Brady said. “I was all over the course. We had a good year as a team. We got better as the year went on.’’

Elmore said he could have putted better, especially on the back, where he had a 44 as opposed to a 38 on the front. Swann said he “couldn’t make a put at all and I didn’t hit the ball well.’’

OBA finished fifth at 1,025 after shooting a 345, helped by Eaton’s 74. He made all-state by being one of the lowest scoring seniors in the West area (240). He had four birdies on the day, on Nos. 3, 5, 13 and 17.

“Things went a little better today,’’ said Eaton, who will play golf at Wheaton College, “but I still left a lot of shots out there. I decided to play the shot that I had instead of fighting it like I did yesterday (84-82). I definitely had a lot of fun.’’

Josh Barnthouse earned a certificate for a top 15 finish by matching Eaton’s 54-hole score with an 81 Tuesday. Other OBA scores were Andy Eaton (91-274), Thomas Friesen (99-271) and Seth Schrader (120-364).

“I could have hit the ball better,’’ said Barnthouse, who had three birdies. “I had some big numbers out there.’’

“I’m proud of those two and I’m proud of the whole team,’’ said OBA coach Stephanie Ediger, whose team improved six places from last year’s finish.’’

Dalke, a nationally-ranked player who moved to Hobart from Texas this year, was happy about being the 2A medalist.

“It’s important to me and important to the school.’’ Dalke said. “I really wanted to get a state ring. I didn’t play as well as I wanted, but it was still enough to get the win.’’

Dalke played as an individual accepted the state academic trophy for Hobart, which had an average grade point average of 3.9.

Kody Whitehead of Cameron and Austin Hamilton of Stroud garnered the East All-State spots. They were fourth (226) and fifth (229), respectively. Clay Dobbins of Christian Heritage, who was sixth at 230, was the West’s other all-stater.

Matt Herring of Kiefer beat Kason Cook of Hydro-Eakly on the sixth hole of a sudden-death playoff for the 10th place medal.�