Class 3A boys golf: McAllister runs away from the field
Logan McAllister made it look easy.
The Christian Heritage junior breezed to his second straight state Class 3A golf championship Tuesday at Oklahoma City's Lincoln Park Golf Course, shooting 19-under par for three rounds and finishing 13 strokes ahead of runner-up Jaxon Dowell of Oklahoma Christian School.
“Logan does make it very difficult for us,” said Said Powers of Oklahoma Christian, who finished fourth, 21 strokes behind the University of Oklahoma commit. Jayden Jackson of Idabel placed third, shooting even par in the tournament.
McAllister held an eight-stroke lead after Monday's 36 holes of play and never felt threatened in the final round.
“It was obviously nice having an eight-shot lead going into (Tuesday) but I knew that I had to play well or Jaxon could sneak up on me,” McAllister said. “You never know. You got to stay aggressive like you are coming from behind. It wasn't necessarily super-hard, but it wasn't easy either.”
McAllister shot a 9-under opening round of 62 on Monday, than followed that with two rounds of 66, both 5-under par.
“Yesterday, the 62, I didn't miss any shots really,” McAllister said. “The 66, I could have gone out and shot another 62. I didn't play very well on the back nine.
“I hit the ball really hard all three rounds. I didn't quite putt as well today but I didn't make any bogeys which last year and the first two rounds this year, I didn't have any bogey-free rounds. So today was nice in the final round to be bogey-free.
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McAllister, who finished fifth in the Class 2A state golf tournament as a freshman, plans to return and try to become a three-time state champion. He also hopes to help Christian Heritage win another team state championship as the Crusaders did last year.
Christian Heritage finished fourth Tuesday as Oklahoma Christian won its eighth boys' state golf championship, but its first in five years.
The Saints had three players finish in the top six and lose just one player from this year's title team. While Dowell and Powers will be chasing McAllister for the individual crown again next season, the Crusaders will be chasing the Saints for the team title.
“We kind of new OCS was really, really good and Plainview was good, too,” McAllister said. “Our team played a lot better than I thought we would, which is good. We have the exact same team next year so hopefully we will able to improve and give it a run.”