BY JOHN D. FERGUSON World Correspondent
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
7/24/12 at 3:15 AM
Union’s Jason Goben had
a hot day with his putter
during Monday’s All-State
A quick recap of Monday's All-State golf games at Cherokee Hills at Catoosa.
The story: A Ryder Cup format was used for the first time, instead of individual players vying for medalist honors. Mustang's Charter Lawson and Duncan's Amanda Johnson combined for a 6-under 66 to win all four points in the Ryder format of scramble, four-ball and alternating shots. The girls' par was 72.
Lawson and Johnson's effort helped the West girls win the team title 15-9. The combined scores for the boys and girls champion found the East winning by a 24 1/2 to 23 1/2 total.
Top performances: Coweta's Tiffany Thompson and Shawnee's Kurstyn Mills combined for five birdies during the round and finished with a 3-under 69. That was a rare high number of birdies in a round for Thompson.
"It was a lot of fun playing with the other girls," Thompson said.
Broken Arrow's Mikayla Rosser had a big moment when she drained a 35-foot eagle putt on No. 14.
"The format took the pressure off and was fun to get to play as a team," said Rosser, who will attend Redlands College in El Reno and play golf.
Noteworthy: Megan Gowens of Purcell was the Jim Thorpe player of the year recipient. Mills won the Kyle Lewis golf coach's scholarship. Mooreland's Terry Kellner was the coach of the year.
WEST 15, EAST 9
(18-hole combined total in parenthesis)
West-Lawson (Mustang)-Johnson (Duncan) (66) d. Pearson (Muskogee)-Higley (Fort Gibson) (75) 4-0; East-Mills (Shawnee)-Thompson (Coweta) (69) d. Bolnien (Altus)-Lewis (Guthrie) (66) 2.5-1.5; East-Schroeder (Bristow)-Guthrie (Poteau) (83) tie Delong (Elgin)-McCann (Anadarko) (83) 2-2; West-Gores (Plainview)-Gowens (Purcell) (72) d. Voise (Perry)-Humphrey (Bethel) (84) 4-0; East-Vasquez (Tishomingo)-Day (New Lima) (75) d. Stuever (Washington, Okla.)-Smith (Hinton) (79) 3-1; West-Tigert (Mustang)-Thompson (Edmond Deer Creek) (72) d. Rosser (Broken Arrow)-Crawford (Henryetta) (74) 2.5-1.5.
The story: The Ryder Cup format received high marks from almost everyone who played on the par 70 boys format. The East boys won the team title 15 1/2 to 8 1/2.
The difference in the overall win for the East could be attributed to one drive on the 18th hole by Sallisaw Central's Tyler Martindale. Martindale drove the green to within 12 feet of the cup on the 374-yard hole. Teammate Austin Welch of Lincoln Christian was part of that birdie outcome and arguably the most important shot of the day for the East. The birdie secured a crucial one-shot team win for East and Martindale.
Top performances: Ardmore's Jacob Oaks and El Reno's Logan Gray shot a 10-under 62 for the low round.
Ponca City's Eric Kline and Union's Jason Goben made up one of two East teams to sweep the scramble, four-ball, alternating-shot format and total score for a 4-0 outcome. Okmulgee's Jackson Hess and Checotah's Will Oliver also went 4-0 while carding a sizzling 63 total.
Jenks' Will McDonald and Durant's Jackson Stuteville got off to a hot start en route to a 66.
"The first hole we birdied after I hit it to within two feet of the hole and made it," said McDonald, who will play golf at Drake University next season.
Noteworthy: Oaks won the Jim Thorpe award for player of the year and the Kyle Lewis scholarship. ... Cascia Hall's Gabe Rogers played his last competitive round. He will attend the University of Oklahoma, but not play golf.
Rogers' most memorable shot of the All-State game?
"Putting," Rogers said. "I couldn't make a thing."
EAST 15 1/2, WEST 8 1/2
(18-hole combined total in parenthesis)
East-Kline (Ponca City)-Goben (Union) (64) d. Hampton (Edmond North)-Folsom (Edmond Deer Creek) (71) 4-0; West-Oaks (Ardmore)-Gray (El Reno) (62) d. Wheeler (Durant)-Holder (Memorial) (71) 4-0; West-Mewbourn (OKC Heritage Hall)-Helton (OKC Heritage Hall) (65) d. Rogers (Cascia Hall)-Knox (Seminole) (68) 3-1; East-Hess (Okmulgee)-Oliver (Checotah) (63) d. Roberts (Plainview)-Purser (Oklahoma Christian) (68) 4-0; East-Welch (Lincoln Christian)-Martindale (Sallisaw Central) (72) d. Stults (Luther)-George (Hinton) (73) 3-1; East-McDonald (Jenks)-Stuteville (Durant) (66) d. Stahl (Lawton Ike)-Rhodes (Lawton Mac) (68) 3.5-0.5.
Catrina Pearson of Muskogee hits a chip shot on the 18th hole at the All-State golf tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa on Monday. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World