By Chuck Reherman
ENID – Yukon may not have qualified as a team, but the Millers will be represented at the class 6A State Golf Championships.
Yukon’s Mavrik Clemons and Gage Tennyson earned their spot in the state tournament at Meadowlake Golf Course in Enid.
The two will compete as individuals in the state tournament at Rose Creek Golf Course in Edmond.
Clemons will tee off at 8 a.m. and Tennyson at 8:10 a.m. from the first tee.
The Millers missed qualifying as a team, shooting a 638 total for two rounds. The Millers shot a 316 first round and finished with a 322 the second round.
YHS finished seventh overall with the 638, edged out by Norman who shot a 630. Mustang was fourth with a 629.
Edmond North won the regional title with a 578. Edmond Memorial was second with a 587, Edmond Deer Creek was with with a 606 and Norman North was fourth with a 607.
“It was frustrating to not qualify for state,” YHS head coach Jamie Tate said. “But I am so very proud of these scores. They were our two lowest team scores of the year.
“It was awesome to see how they handled the pressure and did not fold in the slightest,” he added. “We had been struggling in transition from the range to the course, but we gathered ourselves together for the regionals and played well.”
The team did turn in their best scores despite the weather. The regional was played in a steady rain most of the day.
“It poured on us for the majority of the first round and cleared up around the last nine of the second,” Tate said. “It was definitely not the 65-degree weather that was forecasted.
“The weather conditions didn’t bother us, which was awesome,” he said. “We practice in these conditions often (especially this year). The thing about golf is that the tournament usually doesn’t stop because of rain or cold.”
Clemons had one of his best rounds of the season, shooting a one-under par 70 over the first 18 holes. Clemons came back with a 75 over the second 18 to finish with a 145 score.
He finished third in the top six individual qualifiers.
Tennyson shot a 78 over his first 18 holes. He had a 79 on the second 18 to finish with a 157. He was the sixth and final individual qualifier.
By Chuck Reherman