Boys Varsity Golf · Boys Varsity Golf finishes 9th place at 4A State Tournament

  Place Points
Heritage Hall High School 1st 0
Blanchard High School 9th 218

Mark Twain once describe a round of golf as, “a good walk spoiled”. BHS Senior, Kaden Upton disputed this fact in two ways this week.
Upton qualified for the 4A State Golf Tournament as an individual, based on his two-round total of 153 strokes in the Elk City Regional Tournament. He was disappointed that his Lion teammates wound not compete with him, but he was determined to carry the Blanchard banner with pride. Kaden had qualified for the State Tournament three previous years, so he knew what to expect in the grueling 54-hole, two-day event. The one variable which made this years’ experience unique, was the fact that graduation exercises were to be held on the first day of the tournament.
This was Kaden’s schedule for this past Monday and Tuesday. He was up at 6:00 AM, on Monday, to get to the golf course at 7:00. Teed off at 8:00 AM, and played 36 holes. All of the players are required to walk the course, and to carry or pull their golf clubs. This day included walking approximately eight miles, pulling 25 pounds of equipment and swinging assorted clubs approximately three hundred times (including practice swings). He finished the first day’s play at 5:27 PM, and jumped in the car with his Mom and Dad for the one-and-a-half-hour drive from the Buffalo Rock Golf Course back to Blanchard for graduation exercises that were to begin at 7:00. Fortunately, he arrived just moments before the band began to play Pomp and Circumstance. This timing was due primarily to his Dad’s high-speed driving skills, and to the high school administration and class sponsors who graciously delayed the ceremony in anticipation of Upton’s pending arrival. This was the first of the two “walks” for the graduating Senior that was not spoiled.
What an ordeal, right? Well, after all of the graduation festivities and family celebrations Kaden was able to get to bed at about 12:30 AM on Tuesday. The story doesn’t end there, though. Kaden was up again at 4:30 AM, to catch a ride with Coach Queen back to Cushing, for another 18-hole round of golf. Why not ride back with his parents, you ask? They left for Cushing at 4:00 AM, to ensure that they would be able to secure golf carts for the family entourage that accompanied Kaden on his last round. Kaden arrived at the Buffalo Rock Golf Course at 7:00 AM, and teed off in his last round of High School golf at 8:10. Yes, he walked another four miles, pulled the equipment and swung assorted clubs another 150 times or so, to finish the 54-hole marathon.
Upton shot even-par 70 in the first round, a 74 in the second round on Monday and a 74 in the final round on Tuesday. His three-round total of 218 strokes was the lowest among the 13 individual tournament qualifiers. This total earned Kaden ninth place, among the 73 total players in the 4A State Tournament. This result proved to the be second “walk” that was not spoiled for this fine young golfer, and outstanding young man.