Class 3A boys golf notebook: OCS captures eighth state championship
OCS STARTING ANOTHER DYNASTY?
Oklahoma Christian School won its eighth boys golf state championship Tuesday but its first in five years.
The Saints had three players among the top six individuals: freshman Jaxon Dowell was second, sophomore Said Powers was fourth and junior Carson Tewell was sixth.
“It feels great to bring the championship back to OCS,” Powers said. “Our track team just won state, so we are bringing home another state championship.”
OCS won four-straight golf titles from 2009 to 2012. With only one senior on this year's squad and Dowell and Powers both underclassmen, Tuesday's state championship might be the beginning of another run of titles.
However, Saints' golf coach Tosh Hays didn't want to think about that possibility on Tuesday.
“We will enjoy this one first,” he said.
McAllister the best of a strong group of players
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Logan McAllister of Christian Heritage won his second consecutive Class 3A state championship Tuesday by shooting 19-under par for 36 holes on the Lincoln Park West Golf Course.
“It's a really competitive field,” said Dowell, whose 6-under total was only good enough for second. “Just because we are 3A and it's smaller schools, it's still got really good golfers.”
Even though McAllister is just a junior, he said he is firmly committed to the University of Oklahoma, mainly because of Sooners' golf coach Ryan Hybl.
“Coach Hybl is an awesome coach,” McAllister said. “I visited a few other schools, but (OU) is close to home. Once they gave me the offer I committed on the spot.”
Winning as a player and coach
Tuesday's title was Hays' first state golf championship as OCS head coach, but he also was part of a Saints' first title squad as a player in 1994.
Hays was a sophomore in 1994 and was wearing the OCS state championship ring from that year on Tuesday.
He then transferred to Class 6A power Edmond North, where he was on state championship clubs for the Huskies as a junior and senior.
Taking on the world
Dowell and Powers will head to the Dominican Republic later this month to compete in an American Junior Golf Association tournament against players from around the world.
“It's going to be a very humbling experience,” Powers said.
ED GODFREY, STAFF WRITER