Eckroat edges teammate Wood for 6A state title, Huskies romp by 57 shots

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By Ken MacLeod

The team race was decided early Monday, so the highly-competitive quintet of Edmond North golfers had one goal in mind when they returned to Karsten Creek Tuesday for the final round of the Oklahoma Class 6A Golf Championship.

The record 10th consecutive team title would eventually be won by an overwhelming 57 shots over Edmond Memorial. The individual crown was the prize highly sought by the Huskies, each of them already committed to Division I golf programs, as they started the final round.

In the end, it was precocious freshman Austin Eckroat who edged senior teammate Hayden Wood by a single shot. Eckroat came from five shots off the pace with a final-round of 1-under par 71, while Wood three-putted four times en route to a 77.

Wood, son of Champions Tour golfer Willie Wood and bound for Oklahoma State in the fall, is usually an excellent putter, but it betrayed him three times on the front nine. He played solid on the back and was tied going into the 16th hole when he hit his approach hole-high and about 18 feet away. He ran the first putt six feet past and missed it coming back for a bogey to trail by one.

Wood bombed a drive on the par-4 17th, leaving him just 118 yards. But he flared his second shot well right, leaving a near-impossible up-and-down and putting him two shots behind his young teammate, who was finishing off the 18th hole with his 15th par of the day to go with two birdies and just one bogey. Wood hit a brilliant 3-iron in on the par-5 18th after pushing his drive to the right to finish with a birdie but it was a bitter consolation.

Eckroat, just 15, has already given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State coach Alan Bratton. The son of talented amateur golfer Steve Eckroat, he has been playing golf since he was four and didn’t take long to become accepted by his older teammates.

"We’ve known him for a long time and he’s just a really talented, smart golfer," said senior Nick Heinen, also bound for Oklahoma State. "He hits it incredibly straight and has a good short game. We’re happy for him."

Eckroat hit every fairway and missed just three greens in regulation Tuesday. He said in practice rounds his teammates routinely drive the ball well past him, but he competes by keeping it constantly in play. He has had numerous rounds this season where he hit every fairway and green in regulation.

"Playing against these guys every day has made me a better player," said Eckroat, whose pronounced goal is to win four consecutive state championships. "They’ve helped me a lot."

Wood was visibly upset with himself for the two late bogeys which cost him the individual title, but was gracious in regards to his young teammate.

"Austin played a great final round," he said. "I’m happy for him."

As the team element evaporated with the commanding lead, it placed Edmond North coach Jeff Doherty in the odd and a bit uncomfortable position of removing himself as the information bearer to his charges, particularly to Wood and Eckroat down the stretch as it become apparent one or the other was going to win.

"Hayden was playing well down the stretch," Doherty said. "But the little freshman, my gosh, 1-under in this wind and conditions, that’s golfing your ball. He went and got it and I think Hayden understands that."

As for the 10th consecutive team title, Doherty said it was a staggering accomplishment for the school. This edition may have been the deepest team in the run, with University of Tulsa signee Sam Humphreys watching from the sideline as all five of his teammates, including University of Oklahoma commit Griffin Pierce and OSU commit Tyson Reeder, finished in the top seven.

"We’ve never had a team that went this deep one through six," Doherty said.

Future Sooner Thomas Johnson of Norman North finished third, four shots behind Eckroat, after losing in a playoff in 2013. Spencer Smythe of Muskogee was a shot back at 228, followed by Heinen at 229, Pierce at 231 while Reeder tied with Jacob Bishop of Memorial and Preston Crawford of Jenks for seventh at 234.

Memorial finished seven shots ahead of Owasso for second place, while Jenks was a shot back in fourth.

 

CLASS : 6A
SITE : Karsten Creek Golf Course (Stillwater)

RANK

PLAYER NAME

SCHOOL

FINAL RESULTS

1

Austin Eckroat

Edmond North

223

2

Hayden Wood

Edmond North

224

3

Thomas Johnson

Norman North

227

4

Spencer Smythe

Muskogee

228

5

Nick Heinen

Edmond North

229

6

Griffin Pierce

Edmond North

231

7

Jacob Bishop

Edmond Memorial

234

Tyson Reeder

Edmond North

234

Preston Crawford

Jenks

234

10

Casey Paul

Owasso

236

11

JohnCrawford Crants

Southmoore

238

12

Connor Houston

Jenks

239

13

Trent Evans

Edmond Memorial

240

Jacob Prentice

Edmond Memorial

240

Bryce Fanning

Southmoore

240

16

Justin Moore

Broken Arrow

241

Cody Troutman

Edmond Santa Fe

241

Thomas Ludwig

Norman North

241

Mike Biata

Owasso

241

20

Nick Reeves

Broken Arrow

242

Marc Kepka

Owasso

242

Turner Howe

Norman

242

23

Ty Tamura

Edmond Memorial

243

Garret Jelley

Jenks

243

25

Grant Peterson

Bixby

244

Laken Hinton

Edmond Santa Fe

244

27

Drew Ison

Edmond Santa Fe

245

Casey Bray

Owasso

245

Harris Jones

Mustang

245

30

Logan Smoak

Edmond Santa Fe

246

31

Dylan Igo

Mustang

247

32

Ty Shelnutt

Broken Arrow

248

Brett Hagan

Edmond Santa Fe

248

Reagen Bates

Norman North

248

Clayton Keck

Union

248

Aaron Fife

Mustang

248

37

Holden Crago

Bixby

249

Navid Majidi

Union

249

39

Bentley Bruss

Eisenhower

250

Michael Roberts

Eisenhower

250

41

McCain Schellhardt

Edmond Memorial

251

Connor Mears

Norman North

251

43

Lane Wallace

Yukon

252

44

Brett Tyndall

Jenks

253

45

Lance Gregory

Southmoore

254

46

Chase Carr

Bixby

255

Drew Williams

Jenks

255

48

Lazarius Darden

Bixby

256

Clark Killion

Owasso

256

Sam McCrary

Union

256

51

Jake Reddington

Moore

257

52

Jake Huber

Moore

258

Kaleb Houser

Booker T Washington

258

54

Connor Scott

Muskogee

262

55

Will Beaulieu

Broken Arrow

263

56

Harrison Gearhart

Broken Arrow

264

Jeff Whitson

Moore

264

58

Brennan Fanning

Southmoore

265

Daniel Nguyen

Union

265

Troy Fort

Stillwater

265

Andrew Lehman

Bartlesville

265

62

Jake Kouri

Putnam City North

267

63

Kade Davis

Midwest City

268

64

Ty Howell

Norman North

270

65

John Bonaobra

Union

273

66

Koty Dillinger

Moore

275

Dillon Long

Southmoore

275

68

Morgan Fletcher

Bixby

277

69

Derek Wise

Eisenhower

278

70

Mitch Summers

Putnam City North

282

71

Billy Nevins

Eisenhower

285

72

Matt O’Bryant

Moore

289

73

Connor Bridges

Eisenhower

292

74

Grant Miller

Sapulpa

DNS

OSSAA BOYS GOLF STATE TOURNAMENT DAY 2 TEAM RESULTS

CLASS : 6A
SITE : Karsten Creek Golf Course (Stillwater)

RANK

SCHOOL

FINAL RESULTS

1

Edmond North

900

2

Edmond Memorial

957

3

Owasso

964

4

Jenks

965

5

Norman North

967

6

Edmond Santa Fe

970

7

Broken Arrow

980

8

Southmoore

994

9

Bixby

1004

10

Moore

1054

11

Eisenhower

1060

12

Union

1101

 

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