McALESTER — Golfing 54 holes at the Class 5A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Fort Sill Golf Course in Lawton, each McAlester Buffalo submitted three scores within a range of at most nine strokes. That was a marked improvement over Regionals a week prior, when scores between the two rounds varied by 20 or more strokes.
Consistency matters in golf, but even the more-consistent Buffs couldn’t match the veteran golfers on some of the other 5A teams.
McAlester’s five golfers posted a total score of 1,034 across three rounds, finishing 12th out 12 teams at State.
Tahlequah won the tournament with a total score of 912. Shawnee finished second with a 913, followed by Bishop Kelley with a 939.
“Overall, I thought we had a very successful season,” Buffs coach Jude Schlesselman said Wednesday.
“Two of them, coming into this year, had very limited experience. And the other two, besides Dexter (Brown), obviously, had zero experience on the varsity level. So I thought any time you can come out with a young group of guys with limited experience (and) qualify for State, you’re doing a lot better than most of the other teams.”
Playing two rounds Monday, McAlester shot a 684 and ranked last with one round to go. The Buffs shot a 346 in the first round, then dropped eight strokes to a 338 in the second round.
McAlester shot a 350 in the final round Tuesday.
Dexter Brown, a junior, shot a 76 in the first round and an 81 in the second. He was tied for 16th overall heading into the second day of competition, shot an 85 on Tuesday and finished tied for 28th with a 242.
Brown is the only member of this year’s boys’ golf team to compete in back-to-back state tournaments. This year he was consistently among the best individual golfers at multiple tournaments, including Regionals and State.