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Chris Combs monitored the weather for several days ahead of the Class 4A boys’ golf regional.
Held Monday at the Kingfisher Golf Course, the boys’ regionals are usually 36 holes…weather permitting.
“We knew with the forecast that it could be shortened to 18 holes in the days leading up to it,” Kingfisher’s golf coach said.
“We talked about being aggressive and putting out a number.”
The Yellowjackets did just that.
KHS shot a 304 on its first 18 holes, putting it in second place in a tournament that would advance three state teams.
As expected, the weather did not hold up. The golfers were taken off the course in their second round of the day.
The storms that produced a tornado moved through Kingfisher County and eventually canceled the remainder of the tournament.
This put Kingfisher in condition as a regional runner-up.
Top-ranked Heritage Hall took the regional crown with a 292. No. 11 Bethany also moved up with his 315.
Kingfisher fired solid balls from his top two sacks – Tristun Burnham and Blake Hill.
Hill led the way with a 72 of 2 over par. This tied him for third medalist honours.
Burnham was two shots back.
“Blake continues to improve,” Combs said. “And Tristun just does what he does. They remain solid for us.
But Kingfisher’s reservation at the state tournament was secured by Jax Sternberger, Cash Slezickey and Paytun Burnham.
Sternberger and Slezickey both carded 79s. Paytun Burnham shot an 83.
These three scores are the best rounds of competition for this trio.
“It was a good time to deliver,” Combs said. “You want to play your best golf right now.”
The Jackets prepared for the regional by participating in last Thursday’s Bluejay Bash at Lake Hefner Golf Course.
Burnham and Hill shot below par.
Burnham shot a 2 under 70, which put him seventh in a loaded field.
Hill’s 71 was good for ninth place.
Sternberger delivered an 83, Slezickey an 85 and Paytun Burnham an 96.
Kingfisher’s 309 finished tied for fifth with OKC Storm B.
Christian Heritage won the tournament with a 289 while Heritage Hall finished second with 293. OKC Storm’s A team shot 300 and Oklahoma Christian School a 301.
Now the Jackets are looking to Boiling Springs in Woodward. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and another 18 on Tuesday…weather permitting.
“We had a good week of practice before regionals and it paid off,” Combs said. “We need another good week to improve our corner game and our short games this week before we head to the state.”