The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 30, 2014

Enid Invitational tees off Monday

Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Today’s Enid Invitational boys golf tournament at Meadowlake (8 a.m.) and Oakwood (1:30 p.m.) definitely lives up to its name.

For Plainsmen coach David Lee, the tournament offers some answers about his team first. The Plainsmen will carry four teams, allowing almost the entire roster a chance to play.

“We’re still in our qualifying stages (for the major tournaments),’’ Lee said. “We’re trying to find our five best players. It will be a true test for everybody. There’s a lot of importance for us for the future.’’

Playing 36 holes in one day for the first time this season will give Lee an idea of how his players handle the physical and mental grind of playing golf for up to nine hours.

That’s especially important considering both the regional and the first round of state are 36 holes. Getting to play two “challenging’’ courses is yet another test.

The EHS varsity will go with Stephen Nicholas (91.7 strokes per round), Chris Hayes (94.7), Patrick Blevins (99.7), Haskell Henson (97.0) and either Alex Vaverka (91.5) or Jack Batchelder (99.7).

Nicholas (86) and Hayes (81) broke 90 for the first time Friday at Weatherford.

“It doesn’t really matter who’s playing on what team,’’ Lee said. “We’re playing the course. We’re looking forward to seeing who shoots good scores for us.’’

EHS will be joined in the field by Stillwater, Chisholm, Heritage Hall, Edmond Santa Fe, Edmond North, Guymon and McGuinness.

Lee sees Edmond Santa Fe, Edmond North, Heritage Hall and McGuinness as the top teams. Both the morning and afternoon rounds will have shotgun starts.