The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 28, 2013

Plainsmen land state golf berth

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s boys will be attempting to qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 2007 at today’s Eastern Regional at Emerald Falls, just east of Broken Arrow.

The Plainsmen must finish in the top sixt in the 15-team field to qualify for next week’s state tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater.

The top six finishers from non-qualifying teams also make the state field.

Jenks, Owasso, Union and Broken Arrow are all strong favorites to qualify, EHS coach David Lee said. Tulsa Washington is “pretty good’’ as well.

“There are about five or six other teams (including Enid), who if they have four guys shoot a good score for 36 holes, have a good shot to make it,’’ Lee said. “If the team doesn’t work out, we have a number of individuals who could qualify.’’

Veteran Colton Jackson is averaging 80.7 strokes per round, followed by Mason North (84.5), Stephen Nicholas (86.8), Scott Phillips (88.7) and Michael Houston (91.6). The top four scores from each round count toward the team total.

Jackson has three sub-80 scores this season. He is the lone Plainsman to be in the 70s this spring.

“If we can have all of our kids shoot 80s on the same day, we will have a good chance,’’ Lee said.

The Plainsmen probably will need to be in the 320-330 range each round to qualify, Lee said.

“We’re going to have to be at the top of our game,’’ he said. “Emerald Falls isn’t forgiving. If you spray the ball around, you will definitely have high scores.’’

The Plainsmen, in their three previous 36 hole tournaments, had lower scores in the afternoon round.

“I don’t want to call it a grind,’’ Lee said, “but you’re going to be out there eight to nine hours. If you have a bad hole, you have to chip away and keep a good mindset. We just have to keep the ball in play and make some putts.’’

The rest of the field includes Bartlesville, Bixby, Choctaw, Midwest City, Ponca City, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Westmoore.