Boys golf roundup: Edmond North clinging to one-shot lead

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STILLWATER – Two Edmond North players were at the top of the leader board at the end of Monday’s action, and the Huskies had the team lead as well, but they have plenty of work to do on both fronts to finish off the Class 6A boys state golf tournament.

Play was halted midway through the second round Monday at Karsten Creek Golf Club and any holes played during that round will not count. Shortened to a 36-hole tournament, it will conclude with 18 holes Tuesday.

Junior Laken Hinton shot 73 to hold a two-stroke lead over teammate Austin Eckroat Monday. Four players are tied for third at 76.

In the team standings, Edmond North is in the lead by a shot with a 311.

“Our top two guys really bailed us out,” Edmond North coach Jeff Doherty said. “If it hadn’t been for Austin and Laken, we would’ve been in trouble.

“The other guys were playing better in the second round before they stopped it, so hopefully we can keep that going tomorrow.”

The Huskies are one shot ahead of Edmond Memorial, and defending champion Owasso is third at 615.

All three teams are paired together for Tuesday’s final round.

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Class 5A: Hartzog pushes through OB debate

SHAWNEE – Noble senior Jake Hartzog just wanted to move forward.

On a day where weather wreaked havoc with the Class 5A golf state tournament, Hartzog had his own drama Monday on Hole 11 at Shawnee Country Club when his tee shot went right. Whether the ball was in play or not became the focal point of a 30-minute debate.

Four coaches offered varying opinions before Hartzog marked the spot, returned to the tee and played a provisional ball.

“I thought it would affect me, but then I birdied the next hole,” Hartzog said. “But toward the end, I just wanted the drama to be over with.”

The ball was ruled out of bounds by club professional Derek Claborn following Hartzog’s first round, costing him two strokes.

It took some effort to determine it, too. Rope had to be tied from two posts, which were more than 100 yards apart, in an area not marked. The ball was 2 inches out of play.

But that didn’t dampen Hartzog’s day. He officially finished with a 76, which has him in contention for the individual title after 18 holes.

“Two strokes is big, but he shot well today,” Noble coach Bill McConnell said.

Play was limited to 18 holes after heavy rain overnight delayed the start of the tournament by two hours. Play was then delayed for more than an hour with a three groups remaining as severe weather struck the area.

Class 4A boys golf: Cascia Hall sophomore Matt Braley leads field entering final round
Tuesday’s finals will be 36 rounds and it is expected to be around 90 degrees without the strong winds that plagued Monday’s golfers.

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Braley leads Cascia Hall to lead in 4A

Matt Braley chose not to speak with reporters Monday. The Cascia Hall sophomore let his golf game do the talking.

After two rounds in the Class 4A boys championships at Lake Hefner Golf Club’s North Course, Braley is the field leader with an on-par 72 and a 3-under 68. It comes as little surprise to his coach, Brian Rahilly, who has watched Braley grow as a golfer since he was just a middle-schooler.

“There’s confidence and there’s superior confidence,” Rahilly said. “He kind of lives in that zone where if it doesn’t happen this time, it will happen again. Because of that, he doesn’t really dwell on anything good or bad.”

That mentality was needed about 4 p.m. when a lightning producing thunderstorm rolled overhead and play was suspended. For about 30 minutes, Braley huddled with his Cascia Hall teammates in the cart shed where they went over specific shots needed for upcoming holes before returning to the course.

Meanwhile, Rahilly added extra motivation for Braley by talking up the play of his own teammates: “Cole (Goekeler) and Tyler (Wedding) are going low.”

“That lights the rocket,” Rahilly said, “because (Braley) wants to be the best player on our team.”

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