Edmond North is back on top; Albee holds off Stuart for Class 6A title

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By Ken MacLeod

The beast is back. After two years of frustrating performances in the state championship, the Edmond North Huskies put together a brilliant final round of 3-over 287 in windy and wet conditions to pull away from all challengers in the Class 6A state championship at The Oaks Country Club in Tulsa.

Led by Florida signee Parker Sands’ 2-under 69, the Huskies also had 1-over 72s by freshman Chase Blaser and senior Hunter Baumann and a 74 by senior Blake Berry. At 876, they finished 11 shots ahead of Owasso while Jenks took third at 890 and Stillwater fourth at 892.

The 18th championship in the school’s proud history thrilled coach Cody Murray and assistant coach E.J. Pfister.

“Very, very proud of them,” Murray said. “To win this you’ve got to play three solid rounds under 300 and we managed to do that. After the last two years this is really special.”

“I thought we might have a chance today, but to catch North and pass them would have been a really special round,” said Owasso coach Corey Burd. “They played really well.”

The individual title was large decided Monday afternoon when Choctaw junior Preston Albee shot a stunning 63, one shot off the course record. Starting the final round on Hole 10 at 9-under with a seven-shot cushion, Albee bogeyed three of his first five holes to give his competitors a glimmer of hope. But he turned that around with birdies on holes 15, 16 and 17 to get back to even on the day.

The birdie on 17 came after he pushed his drive right into trees Taking his 60-degree wedge from 111 yards, he lofted it over the tree in front of him to about 5 feet for a birdie.

“That was huge, it meant a lot,” said the University of Oklahoma commit. “To get back to even par there gave me a big lift.”

Albee made nine consecutive pars after that before a closing bogey left him at 8-under. Josh Stuart of Norman North, who got to 4-under on his round through seven holes, stayed there and shot 67, finishing second at 6-under 207.

Stuart, who has signed with University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., was disappointed he could not reel in Albee, but still grimly satisfied with his finish, feeling that he was somewhat overlooked in the recruiting process by local Division I schools. He hit 17 greens in regulation and just missed on a number of birdie putts.

Parker Sands lining up a putt.

“I wanted to win this so bad, you have no idea,” said Stuart, who finished sixth as a freshman, helped his team win the state title as a sophomore and finished third individually as a junior. “I’ve been close three times and it kills me.”

Stuart was set back by a left wrist injury as a junior and said his ball striking has actually improved as he has limited his practice time. He is excited about Pacific and its facilities but still not happy he’s not joining some of the more celebrated signees in this rich class that are going to OU or Oklahoma State.

“They had four years to recruit me and didn’t do anything and I kind of take that as a shot to be honest with you,” he said. “I see all the guys going to OSU and OU and I’m just as good as every single one of them. I just had a kind of a rocky recruiting time and that’s how it ended up. I’m going to a good school. It actually motivates me to work really hard.”

Oklahoma signee Cameron Cheek of Owasso shot a 1-under 70 in the final round to finish third at 1-under 212. Sands was fourth at 213 followed by Baumann and Jenks senior and Oral Roberts signed Sam Morris at 215. Tied for seventh were Seton Hall signee Will Hennessee of Bishop Kelley and Mack Moore of Norman North at 216, while the top 10 was completed by Jay Wasermiller of Bartlesville and Samuel Bonaobra of Union at 217.

Photos by Brett Rojo
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