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By BRETT TYNDALL
Big Pasture junior Kolton Baber closed with a 1-under par 71 Tuesday in the Class 2A State Championship at the Golf Club at Cimarron Trails in Perkins. Combined with his opening rounds of 72-71, Baber’s 2-under total was good for a five-shot victory over Regent Prep freshman J.P. Roller, who also shot a final-round 71 after opening 76-72.
Baber credited a strong positive attitude borne of hard preparation coming in for his strong play over 54 holes. He’ll head off for a busy summer of amateur events before returning to try to repeat as a senior.
Team honors went to Laverne, which has now won two state titles in the last four years. The senior-laden squad (four starters) shot 1,000 (347-326-327), good enough to edge Regent by 10. Laverne was led by Lane Fanning (245) and Hunter Person (246), who each had a round in the 70s over the course of the tournament, Fanning’s 79 came in the second round, while Person’s 78 came in the final round.
Laverne also won its regional, so Laverne coach Matt Cox said expectations were high. He was happy for his four seniors, saying “they deserved every bit of it.”
Newcomers shined at the 2A State Tournament, as Regent Prep and Crossings Christian School finished second and third, respectively.
Regent didn’t have enough players to have a high school team until this year, so finishing as runner-up in its first attempt was an impressive debut. Coached by Maggie Roller, the director of instruction at Cedar Ridge Country Club and a former All-America player herself at the University of Tulsa, as well as the mother of J.P. Roller, Maggie said she didn’t quite know what to expect due to the fluid nature of her roster.
For example, her fifth player, junior Evan Shapleigh, doubles as a baseball pitcher. Shapleigh played in two tournaments due to his baseball schedule, and those two were regionals and the state championship. Despite the hurried schedule, Shapleigh’s scores counted toward the team total in all three rounds. With J.P. Roller just a freshman, the future is promising and Maggie expects a larger turnout for tryouts in 2018.
Crossings was also playing in its first state tournament. Coach Nathaniel Estrada commended his “incredible young men” for having the best season in program history. And young they are, as Crossings starts three freshmen, one sophomore, and one junior, a similar composition to Regent’s squad.
Laverne collected the hardware, but don’t be surprised if a team like Regent or Crossings collects it in the near future.
Class 2A Championship
At Cimarron Trails, Perkins
- Laverne 347-326-327—1,000
- Regent Prep 346-329-335—1,010
- Crossings Christian 343-337-347—1,027
- Walters 337-357-341—1,035
- Washington, Okla. 359-342-344—1,035
- Tishomingo 362-341-346—1,049
- Big Pasture 365-350-344—1,059
- Turner 353-361-347—1,061
- Cordell 371-351-346—1,068
- Wewoka 365-362-344—1,071
- Community Chr. 351-368-360—1,079
- Wilburton 392-384-367—1,143
- Kolton Barber, Big Pasture 72-71-71—214
- JP Roller, Regent Prep 76-72,71—219
- Jake Bay, Shattuck 79-76,69-224
4t. Conner Boydston, Big Pasture 81-73-72—226
4t. Heston Brown, Cordell 82-75-69—226
- Craig Sanders, Crossings Chr. 79-75-73—227
- Jackson White, Regent Prep 75-75-79—229
- Ethan Bailey, Victory Christian 79-75-76—230
- Justice Hartman, Turner 75-79-77—231
10t. Brantley Hughes, Haworth 79-77-78—234
10t. Jaston Korzan, Stratford 78-81-75—234
Big Pasture: Colton Thompson, 105-101-102—308; Connor Powell, 105-101-99—311; Caleb Thompson, 108-119-103—330.
Canadian: Hayden Hopper, 82-78-78—238.
Cashion: Seth Brown, 80-80-85—245.
Community Christian: Hunter Abrahamsen, 89-88-85—262; Peyton Oehlhof, 84-92-92—268; Heath Abrahamsen, 85-100-86—271; Grant McAlister, 93-88-97—278; Victor Do, 118-109-106—333.
Cordell: Kale Kank 98-93-94—285; Koby Celsor, 99-90-100—289; Rhett Putnam,103-101-95—299; Payne Penner, 92-93-88—273; Koby Celsor, 99-90—189; Kale Kank, 98-93—191; Rhett Putnam, 103-101—204.
Crescent: Tate Lacey, 88-80-81—249.
Crossings Christian: Boone Howeth, 87-80-83—250; Derek Mecklenburg, 85-88-94—267; Josh Grubbs, 92-94-97—283.
Frederick: Malachi Newton, 97-86-89—272.
Laverne: Lane Fanning, 83-79-82—244; Hunter Person, 87-80-78—245; Trayven Kirkhart, 85-81-83—249; Dane Duvall, 92-92-84—268; Trey Allen, 94-86-89—269.
Luther: Josh Grounds, 85-82-79—246
Ninnekah: Dalton Wenzel, 85-78-80—243.
Oklahoma Bible Academy: Jackson Hoelker, 79-82-83—244.
Okemah: Wesley Sikes, 87-82-76—245.
Olive: Bryce Beall, 89-81-83—253.
Pawnee: Garrison Shears, 87-89-83—259.
Regent Prep: Evan Shapleigh, 98-87-97—282; Jack Wright, 97-97-88—282; Braden Gilbert, 98-95-101—294.
Thackerville: Ethan Scarbrough, 76-74-85—235
Tishomingo: Aaron Elliott, 88-86-80—254; Paden Cripps, 86-85-90—261; Macen Morris, 95-85-88—268; Lane House, 93-87-90—270; Quade Hays, 104-85-88—277.
Turner: Jacob Stewart, 79-93-89—261; Dillon Mathis, 91-91-93—285; Logan Perryman, 108-98-98—304.
Walters: Cale Hilbert, 74-87-82—243; Tucker Gregory, 81-85-84—249; Ely King, 84-93,86—263; Brad Winfree, 98-93-89—29-; Nate Hart, 122-100-103—325.
Washington: Conner Kirtley, 83-78-79—240; Carson McCalip, 88-85-88—261; Thomas Green, 94-88-88—270; Sam Schmidt, 94-91-89—274; Luke Green, 116-100-128—344.
Wewoka: Jace Weatherly, 79-86-79—244; Evan Stafford, 88-96-84—268; Cole Ward, 97-88-89—274; Kole Slovacek, 106-92-92—290; Tanner Hudnall, 101-108-103—312.
Wilburton: Garrett Smith, Wilburton, 81-75-79—235; Nate Ivanhoff, 99-97-91—287; Chet Donoley, 102-100-98—300; Tyler Holliday, 110-112-99—321; Jeff Neering, 122-115-101—338.