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Recap of the first day of state tournaments

Recap of the first day of state tournaments

BLANCHARD — Ben Lathrop kept his promise.

A triple bogey on the first hole could have ruined his first round of golf at the Class 5A boys golf state tournament.

Instead, Lathrop turned to Heritage Hall boys golf coach Andy Bogert with a vote of confidence.

“He said, ‘I’m getting it back,’” Bogert said. “Do not worry.”

The Heritage Hall sophomore made a stellar comeback to move into second place on the first day of the Class 5A state tournament. Lathrop finished his first two rounds Monday at 4 under par at Winter Creek Golf Club in Blanchard.

He is just one stroke behind freshman Banks Cozby of Tulsa Cascia Hall. Cascia Hall shot 8 over par to rise atop the leaderboard, and freshmen have led the team. Coleman Sides finished the day in third place, while fellow freshman Trace Overland is tied for fourth with Heritage Hall senior Drew Kenney and Lawton MacArthur sophomore Cooper Watson.

Heritage Hall, a team that competed in Class 4A last year, is in second place, 21 strokes behind Cascia Hall. Carl Albert is in third place.

With the threat of severe weather looming, golfers tried to play 36 holes as quickly as possible, chowing down on sandwiches and snacks between rounds.

“We’re just very thankful that we didn’t have any weather today,” Bogert said. “I think everyone was sweating from the weather. I think we are very lucky.”

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Class 6A: Preston Albee is off to a flying start

Choctaw junior Preston Albee separated himself from his competitors on the first day of the Class 6A state tournament.

The OU commit finished 9 under par through two rounds, with a seven-stroke lead on the second day. Norman North’s Josh Stuart moved into second place, and Tulsa Bishop Kelley senior Will Hennessee shot 1-under to take third.

Albee had a solid first round, but his second made all the difference.

He had nine birdies in eighteen holes.

“(It’s) just his mindset,” Choctaw coach Jon Garfield said. “He has thought about this day for a long time, probably a whole calendar year.”

Edmond North shot 21 over par to top the team leaderboard, but Owasso finished the day just two strokes back. Jenks and Stillwater are tied for third.

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Class 3A: Community Christian appears to repeat

Community Christian is on track for its second straight state golf championship.

After winning the Class 2A title last year, the Royals are coming off a stellar 3A state tournament debut. Community Christian scored a 304 to end the first day with a 46 stroke lead. Oklahoma State senior signee Collin Bond shot 2 over par to be in first place, while sophomore Will Whorton finished the round two strokes back in second place.

Due to the difficult course conditions, no one finished under par on the first day.

“This tournament was a little tougher,” Community Christian coach Jerry Stephens said. “It’s more of a survival situation because the lanes are so saturated with water. You have to stay focused, otherwise you will get into trouble.”

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Class 4A: Plainview ranks first

Plainview leads in Class 4A with a 294. Plainview junior Jace Chaney shot a seven-under par to rise to the top of the leaderboard.

Crossings Christian sophomore Jackson Magness sits five strokes back. The Knights are ranked second as a team and Oklahoma Christian School is ranked third.

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Class 2A: Latta gains momentum

With Community Christian in Class 3A, Latta is the favorite to take the 2A crown.

Latta scored a 312 to move into first place, while Thomas-Fay-Custer shot a 340 in second place. Walters senior Carter Ray sits atop the individual standings, and Latta senior Parker Pogue is just five strokes behind.