OKLAHOMA CITY — The bad news for the Poteau Pirates golf team was for the first time this season they did not place in a tournament.
However, the good news was they had by far their best tournament of the season as they were eighth at the Class 4A Preview, which took place Monday at Lake Hefner North Golf Course. The Pirates had a team score of 307, but were well behind the team champion Heritage Hall (283).
“This is what we've been shooting for all year going into the regional tournament,” Poteau Boys Coach Mike Thomas said. “We were hoping we could get four golfers into the 70s. I thought if we could shoot a (team score of) 310 to 314, we'd be in good shape — and we go out had get a 307. It was the first time all season that we had four kids shoot in the 70s. I'm more than pleased with the way we shot.”
Cody Shore had the best round with a 75, followed by Connor Wheat and John Scott Sanders with a 77, Jarrett Lowrimore with a 78 and Trey Wells with an 82.
“John Scott is just now starting to find his game,” Thomas said. “He shot a 77 in this tournament, and he's starting to come around like we need him to. We need this kind of performance out of him right now. We also need to keep Trey in the high 70s or low 80s.”
The Pirates will be taking momentum from their good showing on Monday to this Monday's 36-hole Class 4A Regional Tournament at Wolf Ridge Golf Course. Action will begin at 8 a.m., and the top three teams will send all their golfers to the Class 4A State Tournament the following week at the same course the Class 4A Preview took place.
Being home should give the Pirates a small edge
“It helps a little bit that it's our course,” Thomas said. “We know the course better than anybody. I'm pretty confident that we'll be among the top three. I think it's going to come down to us, Fort Gibson and Ada. I think Ada is the team to beat, but they're having to come to our course — so anything can happen.”
Monday's regional tournament will mark the last time fans can see the Pirates play.
“The admission is free, and golf carts will be available for those who want to come see us play,” Thomas said. “This will be the last high school golf for the season in the area.”