There will be no team or individual state championship crowned in high school golf in Oklahoma this spring. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors voted 13-0 Thursday on executive director David Jackson’s recommendation to cancel OSSAA-sponsored activities for the remainder of the academic year as continuing measures against the spread of the coronavirus.
The move was largely a formality after the state board of education voted on Wednesday to extend school closures through May 8-15, which also prohibited extracurricular activity during the same time. Meeting online with some 100 viewers logged into an OSSAA livestream, each board member voiced his strong support of Jackson’s recommendation before the vote was taken.
Maggie Roller, coach of the Class 3A defending champion Regent Prep boys team, said it was disappointing particularly for her four seniors, including her son J.P. Roller along with Karsten Sanders, Braden Gilbert and Evan Robinson. However she said the players weren’t wasting time moping.
“We’re going to do something special for them,” Roller said. “But right now, they seem pretty resilient. They’re all out playing golf every day. I’m so glad the Governor (Kevin Stitt) left the courses open. The college guys are all home and they’re all out having battles every day. They’re not moping around.”
Class 3A would have had its high school championship at Lakeside in Stillwater, and it would have been highly anticipated with three of the state’s top players in Roller, two-time defending champion Jaxon Dowell of Oklahoma Christian and Andrew Goodman of Christian Heritage, the state’s top ranked junior in national rankings.
Roller has signed with Texas Tech and Dowell with Oklahoma. Goodman, a junior, has committed to the Sooners.
“J.P. and Andrew were both ready to come after Jaxon,” Maggie Roller said. “It would have been a great event.”
In Class 6A, Owasso coach Corey Burd had all five starters back from the team that wrested the title from Norman North last spring. Burd said the team was disappointed but understood safety was paramount in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You try to keep it in perspective,” Burd said. “These are young guys, but they understand what’s going on.”
Starters returning from last year’s title team were Ben Stoller, Brett Wilcoxen, Tyler Rhodes, Antonio Gilestra and Braden Lang.