Photo: Regent Prep left to right, Braden Gilbert, JP Roller, Grant Benjamin, Karsten Sanders and Jackson White. Photos by Chad Sanders
By Ken MacLeod
Christian Heritage sophomore Andrew Goodman piled up an astounding 15 birdies in 36 holes at Tulsa Country Club, shooting 8-under 132 to take a four-shot lead over junior Jaxon Dowell of Oklahoma Christian in the Class 3A state championship at Tulsa Country Club Monday.
Goodman’s opening round of 63, comprised of 10 birdies and three bogeys, is the lowest round shot in competition at TCC, although it won’t stand as the course record since it was from just over 6,300 yards on the 7,002-yard TCC layout.
He came back with five more birdies in a second-round of 1-under 69. Record or not, it was a mighty impressive show.
In the team race, Regent Prep had two players shoot under par and is threatening to win the team title a year after moving up from Class 2A, which it won last year. Regent Prep has not finished ahead of Oklahoma Christian in numerous previous meetings this year, but built a 12-shot lead. Junior J.P. Roller shot rounds of 68-70 for a 2-under 138, matched by teammate Jackson White (69-69). Regent Prep shot 579 while OC shot 591, led by Dowell’s rounds of 67-69.
Regent Prep also received strong play from Grant Benjamin, who is fifth after rounds of 72-70. Karsten Sanders knocked five shots off his score in the afternoon (83-78).
The tournament was expected to be a shootout between the highly-ranked trio of Goodman, Dowell and Roller and all three played well. Goodman and Dowell have committed to the University of Oklahoma and Roller to Texas Tech. Having White step up with his two under par rounds has given an edge to Regent Prep in the team race.
Goodman took it to another level in the individual competition with his massive driving, overpowering the soft and short layout. He had birdie putts of inside 15 feet on a vast majority of the holes.
“I really drove it well,” Goodman said. “I didn’t make as many putts as I hoped to, but when you’re that close some have to go in.
Starting on the back nine in his first round, Goodman birdied holes 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17 to reach 5-under through eight holes.
“I knew there were a couple of other guys who were going to shoot low numbers, so I just wanted to make birdies whenever I could,” Goodman said. “What really made the difference was the driver. I hit it really good and it put me in good position to attack. I didn’t make as many putts as I hoped but overall I’m really happy with the day.”
Goodman came into the state championship on a roll, having won his previous five prep events. An attendee at coach Ryan Hybl’s OU golf camp since age 11, he said his decision to commit to OU was an easy one and is looking forward to being Dowell’s teammate there.
Class 3A championship
At Tulsa Country Club; Par 70
1. Regent Prep;292-287–579
2. Oklahoma Christian;295-296–591
4. Crossings Christian;317-324–641
6. Christian Heritage;328-323–651
7. Victory Christian;325-334–659
10. Claremore Sequoyah;352-346–698
1. Drew Goodman;Christian Heritage 63-69–132
2. Jaxon Dowell, Oklahoma Christian;67-69–136
3T. Jackson White, Regent Prep;69-69–138
5. Grant Benjamin, Regent Prep;72-70–142
6. Craig Sanders, Crossings Christian;73-74–147
7. Talon Funk, Claremore Sequoyah;73-75–148
8T. Said Powers, Oklahoma Christian;75-75–150;
8T. Parker Rose, Stigler;73-77–150;
10. Buddy Wehrli, Victory Christian;73-78–151.
Atoka: Lyndon Burnett 86-90-176
Chandler: Jacob Casey 79-86-165
Claremore Sequoyah: Zach Perry 86-85-171; Payton Lane 86-87-173; Carter Wagner 110-99-209; Cooper Thompson 107-108-215
Crossings Christian: Graeme McElroy 77-81-158; Boone Howeth 80-84-164; Reese Atkins 87-85- 172; Noah McSpadden 91-90-181
Dewey: Hayden Thornton 81-88-169
Dickson: Chase Hightower 83-84-167
Heavener: Braxton Sullivan 86-85-171
Idabel: Rylin Coleman 86-83-169; Jackson Armstrong 85-91-176; Browning Snider 88-89-177; Jonah Scott 102-97-199; McCain Wake 108-98-206
Inola: Carson Stookey 78-81-159
Jones: Luke Huckaby 102-91-193
Keys Parkhill: Isaac Latta 84-79-163
Kingfisher: Peyton Burns 77-76-153; Caleb Cameron 79-82-161; Colby Campbell 84-78-162; Logun Burnham 86-83-169; Caden Hill 91-95-186
Kingston: Trey Keatts 76-76-152; Matthew Osteen 79-73-152; R.J. Weeks 75-82-157; Jesse Rouse 81-87-168; Drew Capps 85-83-168
Lindsay: Seth Tucker 76-80-156; Stephen Singleton 85-77-162; Rayden Hill 89-91-180; Carter Russell 108-97-205; Garrett Johnson 109-101-210
Marlow: Blake Harris 93-87-180
Oklahoma Christian: Boston Benn 78-74-152; Wesley Sachs 75-78-153; Ian Fritts 81-78-159
Purcell: Hunter Askew 79-83-162; Bryce Tuck 94-87-181
Regent Prep: Karsten Sanders 83-78-161; Braden Gilbert 98-89-187
Seminole: Carson Newton 79-88-167; Brendan Rodriguez 83-87-170; Blake Bell 93-87-180; Logan Bennett 84-97-181; Carson Dean 106-91-197
Sulphur: Hunter Mann 84-75-159; Dawson Hinson 82-85-167; Mason Lance 86-86-172; Dawson Padgett 92-88-180; T.J. Horn 102-107-209
Victory Christian: Mason Hill 78-77-155; Christian Ross 85-81-166; Brennan Richardson 89-98-187; Ashton Fernandez 100-109-209