LAWTON — Davis Woodliff shot well, but his day still ended in slight disappointment.
The Bishop Kelley senior had lofty goals entering the Class 5A state golf tournament at Lawton Country Club and for good reason. He placed second as an individual in 2018 after winning a title with the Comets the year prior.
So even as a medal was placed around his neck Tuesday for his third-place finish after shooting 223, he couldn’t help but feel he fell short. But Woodliff recognizes his disappointment comes from high standards. Finishing third allowed him to be named to the All-State team.
As he closes the door on his high school career, he has a lot to look back on. But mostly, he is ready to move forward to college, where he will continue to play golf for Samford University in Homewood, Alabama.
“The course played a lot harder today, which was a little unfortunate,” Woodliff said. “It left room for me to come out and try to make a comeback a little bit, which I didn’t necessarily do. But overall, I’m just kind of glad that high school golf is kind of done. It’s just been fun with my coach, Shawn Lawhorn. I’ve just learned so much about how to be a better man. Bishop Kelley has helped me with that so much. I had a lot of high goals coming into state this year. To not be able to accomplish that is a little disappointing.
“I can’t be too mad. There’s bigger things in life than golf.”
Bishop Kelley finished third, the highest of any Tulsa-area team. Its score of 949 fell five strokes shy of runner-up Bishop McGuiness. Guthrie won the team title with a 54-hole total of 916.
Coweta was the only other area school with a top-5 finish, as the Tigers shot 986 for fifth place. Tahlequah junior Seth Mascho finished 10th among individuals with a score of 236. He said his experiences at the state tournament the past two seasons helped to lead up to this, though he envisions an even better finish his senior year.
“It was a lot tougher the past couple of years because I wasn’t quite as good,” he said. “Now that I’m a little bit better and everything is a little slower I’m getting there. (I’ve developed) maturity. A lot of it is having been in experiences. I’ve had to overcome adversity and all that. Everything has just piled up. Next year, we’re going to go to win it.”
As the season closes, Woodliff looks back on his past four years and is proud of all the success he has had. Finishing among the top three the past two seasons is something he wont forget, and he said he considers himself lucky to have played at Bishop Kelly.
“It’s been awesome getting to go to state every year,” he said. “Bishop Kelly has kind of had a legacy where we’ve gone to state for a long time and we’re kind of known for that. It was good to live up to the legacy and the standards that we have of making a run. My last two year I was trying to get an individual one before I left. We’ve placed every single year I was on the team, so it was awesome to place in the top 10 the last two years.”
Class 5A Championship
At Lawton Country Club; par 71
1. Guthrie 304-304-308—916
2. Bishop McGuinness 311-308-325—944
3. Bishop Kelley 312-314-323—949
4. Piedmont 307-314-333—957
5. Duncan 325-319-324—968
6. Coweta 313-348-325—986
7. Claremore 339-316-343—998
8. McAlester 347-336-347—1030
9. Noble 340-352-347—1039
10. El Reno 353-347-354—1054
11. Tahlequah 344-356-361—1061
12. Collinsville 359-347-364—1070
1. Luke Morgan, Guthrie 69-68-76—213
2. Hunter Oden, Piedmont 71-72-74—217
3. Davis Woodliff, Bishop Kelley 74-74-75—223
T4. Bryce Carr, Duncan 72-76-78—226
T4. Bo Robbins, Guthrie 74-78-74—226
6. Cole Bardell, McGuinness 74-75-79—228
7. Chase Scott, Lawton Ike 76-78—154
T8. Ethan Dawson, McGuinness 77-77-80—234
T8. Izaac White 78-80-86—234
T8. M. Haliburton, Lawton Ike 75-81-78—234
Altus: Tyler Bush 91-94-91—276.
Bishop Kelley: Matt Barlow 82-81-78—241; Andrew Hennessee 78-80-84—242; Owen Beertoft 91-94-86—243; Jack Suess 84-83-87—254.
Bishop McGuinness: Matt Popielec 79-78-82—239; Carson Iven 82-79-84—245; Brooks Coats 81-78-87—246 .
Carl Albert: Carson Koon 83-81-85—249
Claremore: Trenton Strawderman 82-77-81--240; John Williams 83-82-83—248; Jordan Gotcher 86-76-91—253; Will Bethea 88-81-90—259; Christian Gotcher 89-82-89—260.
Collinsville: Canon Hunt 82-82-85—249; Walker Roberts 88-83-90—261; Jake Bays 87-84-93—264; Weston Neyeu 102-100-96—298; Tyler Walters 117-124-130—371.
Coweta: Tanner Griffith 74-83-80—237; Josh Mills 79-82-79—240; Conner Meehan 77-87-80—244; Logan Roberts 83-96-86—265; Matthew Hargrove 100-103-105—308.
Duncan: Kaden Fears 84-86-86—256; Logan Harper 94-77-87—258; Bryce Albin 88-89-84—261.
Durant: Cason Keel 82-86-85—253.
Edison: Anthony Manipella 89-87-83—259.
El Reno: Rafe Gouchet 79-83-85—247; Dalton Goddard 87-88-92—267; Hunter Roblyer 96-86-88—270; Cole Bass 95-90-89—274; Kannon Halpainy 92-106-wd—198.
Glenpool: Brandon Aikins 89-82-91—262; Brian Aikins 89-88-89—266.
Guthrie: Brady Hirzel 81-79-78—238; Luke Roach 80-79-81—240; Luke Dale 87-79-80—246.
Guymon: Nash Kaughtmann 83-91-86—260.
Lawton Ike: Mason Dixon 99-94-98—291.
McAlester: Trevor Spence 85-79-76—240; Connor Johnson 84-85-85—254; Brendon Justice 84-85-89—258; Caleb Miller 94-87-97—278; Garret Wilson 96-104-105—305.
Noble: Trevor Lorenz 82-84-85—251; Collin Mahaffey 85-83-85—253; Morgan Johnson 81-86-91—258; Robbie Cook 92-99-86—277; Coby Weaver 106-109-112—327.
Piedmont: Will Craig 78-83-78—239; Garret Morris 78-80-87—245; Hadyn Rodriquez 87-82-94—263; Harden Jones 80-97-98—275.
Pryor: Carson Murray 87-85-92—264; Brandon Steward 94-91-95—280.
Tahlequah: Seth Mascho, Tahlequah;83-73-80—236; Cooper Ferrell 77-86-83—246; Brett Bolin 86-93-93—272; Jaron Proctor 98-104-105—307; Dex Dotson 114-110-107—331.