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March 27, 2014

Norman course too tough for DHS golf

Bob Morris
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DUNCAN — The Duncan boys golf team played a tough course Tuesday in Norman.

Demon coach Lindy Welborn described the course Jimmie Austin Golf Club as one that will challenge any golfer. Golfers played two rounds of 18 holes each.

The Demons’ No. 1 player, Blake Graham, had a good outing, scoring 78 in the first round and 79 in the second.

“He’s been in the 70s all three rounds he’s logged,” Welborn said. “You can depend on him to do well.”

Logan Harris struggled in the first round, scoring 92, then scored 77 in the second. Welborn thought Harris became more familiar with the course, and it showed in his scores.

The coach saw improvement as well from freshman Graham Cox, who scored 90 the first round and 85 the second. Carson Hogstad showed consistency, scoring 83 and 86.

Welborn didn’t think his players were pleased with their overall play, but he expects them to get better and that playing agaisnt tough teams will help. The Demons and Lawton MacArthur, neither who placed in the top 10, were the only Class 5A schools in the mostly 6A field. Edmond North won the tournament with 589.

Playing the challenging course also helped. The Jimmie Austin course has narrow fairways, plus sand traps and natural terrain around the greens.

“You have to be pretty precise in your approaches to the greens,” Welborn said.

The Duncan boys head to Shawnee Monday.