Albee takes command in Class 6A, team race up for grabs

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By Ken MacLeod

Preston Albee of Choctaw put himself in position to do exactly what he told his teammates was likely to happen if he could manage to hole a few putts. The junior and University of Oklahoma commit was so confident in his ballstriking coming in to the Classs 6A state tournament at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa that he predicted he could win by eight or nine shots.

He struck the ball beautifully in the first round but didn’t make many putts in a 1-under 70. But he poured them in throughout the second round, making nine birdies and one bogey in an 8-under 63 that missed tying the course record of 62 held by Matt Mabrey by a single shot.

All the more remarkable, he did it in gusty winds and soft conditions with little roll. His 9-under total opened a seven-shot lead over Josh Stuart of Norman North, who shot 70-70. Will Hennessee of Bishop Kelley, the 2023 Class 5A state champion, is the only other golfer under par at 1-under. OU signee Cameron Cheek of Owasso is fourth at even-par after rounds of 70-72.

The team race is much more in doubt, with Edmond North holding a two-shot lead over Owasso and five shots over both Jenks and Stillwater.

“At least we’re still in it,” said Stillwater senior and the state champion in 2022 Grant Gudgel, who was in the final pairing with Albee and Sam Morris of Jenks. Morris told Albee it was the best round he had ever witnessed and Gudgel said considering the conditions it was one of the best rounds of golf he has seen as well.

“Oh my goodness,” said Gudgel  who has been striving to overcome a ganglion cyst in his right wrist. “He did what you have to do out here. You have to drive it straight and you have to make putts. He checked every box, really.”

Preston Albee

Albee, who has won four events this spring including last week’s regional, birdied four of his first seven holes before making his lone bogey on the par-4 eighth. He then started the back nine with three consecutive birdies and added two more on the par-4 15th and par-5 16th before making solid pars on the difficult 17thand 18th holes to close out the 63.

“I’ve been hitting it so well coming in that I told my teammates I could win it big if I can make some putts,” he said. “I didn’t make anything the first round, but they started to fall this afternoon. The birdies on 10, 11 and 12 I made some really good putts, a couple of 15 or 16-footers in there.”

It’s one of the most talented fields ever in this event just going by the number of Division I signees, but Albee will have to help them a lot for anyone to catch him in Tuesday’s final 18 holes.

Class 6A State Championship

At Oaks Country Club

Par: 71

Teams: 1. Edmond North 294-295–589 (Parker Sands 70-74–144; Hunter Baumann 72-71–143; Chase Blaser 77-72–149; Blake Berry 75-78–153; Jake Mourning 80-80–160); 2. Owasso 294-297–591 (Cameron Cheek 70-72–142; Ian Wilcoxen 72-73–145; Jones Vrska 75-77–152, Ben Field 75-77–152, Wyatt Farley 78-81–159); 3T. Stillwater 297-297–594 (Ty Hyatt 73-73–146; Grant Gudgel 74-74–148; Jack Berger 74-75–149; Tristan Parks 76-75–151; Weston Lacy 79-76–155); 3T. Jenks 298-296–594 (Bam Morris 72-73–145; Blake Bollenbach 73-76–149; Lars Prior 74-76–150; Carson Scrymgeour 79-71–150; Parker Fine 81-76–157); 5. Norman North 304-299–603 (Josh Stuart 70-70–140; Mack Moore 76-71–147; Hayden Russ 76-78–154; Dax Rambo 85-77–162; William Brackin 85-87–172); 6. Union 302-302–604 (Jesse Tandey 70-75–145; Samuel Benaobra 72-74-146; Bo Gentry 79-76–155; Jackson Summar 81-81–162; Nathan Brown 87-77–164); 7. Bishop Kelley 309-306–615 (Will Hennessee 70-71–141; Ty McGinty77-80–157; Brody Miller 81-76–157; George Miley 81-80–161; Henry Bayles 83-79–162); 8. Edmond Memorial 313-302–615 (Kale Flinton 77-72–149; Garrett Thornhill 77-75–152; Max Thompson 78-79–157; Owen Mitchel 81-77–158; Cole Casey 81-81–162); 9. Broken Arrow 308-315–623 (Jacob Newsom 71-77–148; Cameron Surles 71-79–150; Garvin Desilva 82-81–163; Mason Brown 84-81–165; Luke Chang 88-78–166); 10. Choctaw 324-304–628 (Preston Albee 70-63–133: Parker Albee 82-71–153: Corey Boles 84-84–168; Dawson Butler 88-90–178; Aaron Cook 88-86–174); 11. Moore 325-320–645 (Casen Bell 77-82–159; Charlie Dowell 82-77–159; Preston Baker 82-81–163; Jesse Dowell 84-80–164; Max Norman 86-82–168); 12. Enid 327-307–634 (Mason Haley 76-74–180: Dawson Branstetter 80-74–154; Austin Kalow 85-79–164; David Shepherd 86-81–167; Landon Jung 92-85–177).

Top Individuals: 1: Preston Albee (Choctaw) 70-63–133; 2. Josh Stuart (Norman North) 70-70–140; 3: Will Hennessee (Bishop Kelley) 70-71–141; 4, Cameron Cheek (Owasso) 70-72–142; 5: Hunter Baumann (Edmond North) 72-75–147; 6: Parker Sands (Edmond North) 70-74–144; 7T: Ian Wilcoxen (Owasso) 72-73–145; 7T: Jesse Tandey (Union) 70-75–145; 7T: Bam Morris (Jenks) 72-73–145); 10T: Samuel Benaobra (Union) 72-74–146; 10T: Austen Mueller (Piedmont) 70-76–146; 10T: Jay Wasemiller (Bartlesville) 73-73–146; 10T: Ty Hyatt Stillwater) 73-73–146.

Other Individuals: Bartlesville, Jay Wasemiller 73-73–146; Bixby, Nick Friedrichsen 80-69–149; Bixby, Luke Friedrichsen 72-80–159; Deer Creek, Deacon Caldwell 90-79–169; Edmond Santa Fe, Grady Thompson 75-73–148; Mustang, Johnathan Benton 83-83–166; Norman, Benson Diehm 75-78–153; Piedmont, Austen Mueller 70-76–146; Piedmont, Rhett Ritchie 83-85–168; Ponca City, Hunter Austin 76-81–157; Sand Springs, Zane Downey 78-81–159; Southmoore, Gavin Elmore 84-83–167; Southmoore, Kouper Romo 83-80–163.

Class 5A at Winter Creek

Cascia Hall has opened a 21-shot lead over Heritage Hall after 36 holes, led by individual leader Banks Cozby who is 5-under par after rounds of 68-71.

Ben Lathrop of Heritage Hall is right behind at 4-under, followed by Coleman Sides of Cascia Hall at 3-under.

Class 4A at Shangri-La Resort

Plainview leads by six shots over Crossings Christian and by nine over Oklahoma Christian School. Jace Chaney of Plainview is 7-under through 26 holes and leads Jackson Magness of Crossings Christian by five shots. Koen King of Tuttle is in third place at 1-under.

Class 3A at Muskogee Golf Club

Community Christian rolled to a 46-shot lead over Lincoln Christian through 36 holes. University of Oklahoma signee Collin Bond led the way at 2-over after consecutive rounds of 72 on the par-71 layout. Will Whorton of Community Christian and Kaden Risenhoover of Stigler are just two strokes back at 4-over.

Class 2A at The Territory in Duncan

Latta leads Thomas-Fay-Custer by 31 shots with 18 holes to play at The Territory, Carter Ray of Walters has a five-shot lead over Parker Pogue of Latta with Benton Manly of Regent Prep seven shots back in third

Complete results will hopefully be posted on the OSSAA website here.

You can also view them on the Iwanaker.com site or app for a fee.

 

 

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