Boys Varsity Golf · Lions Golf Team Wins Okemah Invitational

  Place Points
Blanchard High School 1st 341
Tecumseh High School 2nd 396
Chandler High School 3rd 419

The 2019 high school boy’s golf season started on March 1st. The Blanchard team had scheduled their Tee-Off Classic tournament at Winter Creek Golf & Country Club on that day, but Mother Nature intervened. Due to the sub-freezing temperatures, and to the threat of frozen precipitation in multiple forms the tournament was cancelled. Spring golf in Oklahoma is precarious, at best. Some weeks you need all of your winter gear, to stay warm, and other weeks you break out the shorts and sunblock while keeping a watch over your shoulder for tornadoes.
The tournament cancellation caused the Lion golfers to wait another seven days to open their season. This extra week seems to have taught the young men some patience, which they used to their benefit in the Okemah boy’s tournament. For most of the players in the field, this was their first competition of the year. Shaking of the rust from last year, and calming the jittery nerves was essential for this first tournament. The Blanchard team consisted of five Senior players, four of which are two-year lettermen already. This experience proved to be an asset, as the Lions took first place among a field of nine teams. Blanchard’s final score of 341 strokes used scores of 80 by Cooper Gosnell, 81 by Jacob Craig, 89 by Karson Horner and 91 by Mason Callaham. The fifth score in the team format was a 93 by Ethan Weatherford.
Blanchard took two individual players to the tournament as well. Sophomore, Colin Hacker had just finished his basketball season the week before this tournament. However; his performance on the 2018 Lion Golf Team gave Coach, Greg Queen the confidence to include him in this opening competition. Hacker started his round with two bogeys, but quickly recovered. He made par on ten of the next 16 holes, and finished with a solid round of 79. This score earned Hacker the low individual honors. Junior, Peyton Pierson also participated in the tournament as an individual. He shot a round of 99.
The Lion team will travel to Marlow on March 14th, to defend their tournament champion status from last year. No tournaments are scheduled for the week of spring break, but the season will begin in full-force as the warm weather approaches.