MCALESTER — Jake Johnson shot a 36-hole total of 151 and led Tahlequah to a Class 5A regional tournament at McAlester Country Club on Monday. The Tigers finished with a total of 628, which was three strokes better than Bishop Kelley.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” Tahlequah coach Nick Baker said, adding that it was Tahlequah’s first regional crown in school history. “It was a really really tough day for everyone on the course because of the windy conditions and the conditions of the greens.”
Johnson started the day with a 74 on his first 18 holes, and he followed that with a 77 for a one-day total of 151. He finished second on the individual leaderboard, despite tying with Edison’s Alexander Hughes.
Adding to Tahlequah’s regional effort was Blake Berry (151, 74-77), Blake Cochran (160, 80-80), Hunter Pennington (164, 85-79) and Kyler Arnall (170, 79-91).
“It was really hard to make putts,” Baker said. “But our guys had a lot of character, hung in there and got the job done.”
Both Tahlequah and Bishop Kelley — along with Edison (657), Skiatook (665), Noble (674) and McAlester (676) — will take part in the Class 5A state tournament next week at Fort Sill Golf Club in Lawton.
“To win the regional championship is a big confidence booster heading into the state tournament,” Baker said.
Tahlequah’s doubles teams reach state
Both of Tahlequah’s doubles teams qualified for the Class 5A state tournament on Monday.
Tahlequah’s No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Schiefelbein and Katie Schneider finished second in regional play, losing to a Cascia Hall duo in the finals.
Tahlequah’s No. 2 doubles team (Amanda Milnick and Destiney Guzman) finished fourth during Monday’s regional tournament.
Both of Tahlequah’s doubles teams will compete at the state tournament, which starts Friday in Oklahoma City.