Outlaw Invitational a victory for Marlow Boys Golf

by Toni Hopper

Winning the home invitational golf tournament is always a big deal. The Outlaw varsity boys’ won Team Championship with a score of 294 on Wednesday, April 17. Both the junior varsity and JV 2 teams also placed in the top 14.

The varsity team finished 13 strokes ahead of Kingston, who placed 2nd. Lane Boyles finished in a tie for 1st with a 2-under par 70, but ended up in 2nd after the individual championship playoff. Tommy Miller shot a 72, for 4th place, Ethan Travis scored 74 for 7th place. Bradley McClure shot a 78 and finished in a tie for 13th place, and Drew Wollenberg’s 80 landed him a tie for 19th place.

Coach James Brown, who has been overseeing the boys’ program for seven years, feels good about this year’s season. Marlow is ranked 3rd with 150 points, behind Lone Grove and Community Christian as of April 10.

On Monday, April 15, at the Plainview Invitational at Dornick Hills in Ardmore, Marlow landed in sixth place.

“We have won more tournaments in one year than we have in my previous seven. This is the first time that we broke 300. It is one of the most exciting years,” Brown said. “In our Class 3A, the top average is 307 and there’s a couple schools that on any given day, any one of those teams can win state. We talked about this the other day,” he said referencing a conversation he had with the team.

In year’s past, they competed against multiple private schools, many of which have moved up to 4A. Currently, the 3A competition includes Lone Grove, Community Christian, Metro Christian, Tishomingo, Lincoln Christian, Stigler, Kingston, Eufaula and Henryetta (top 10).

“That’s what is so exciting. In the past with so many private schools, you would just try, and if you were a public school, hope for 6th place, but now everyone has a shot.”

Wollenberg and McClure are the only seniors on this year’s team. McClure is a 4-year starter, went to State his freshman year and missed by two strokes. He returned to the State playoffs as a sophomore. Wollenberg is Brown’s most improved player, having gone from shooting in the 100s to the 70s.

Rounding out the team roster are juniors Lane Boyles, Kyler Blundell, Bradyn Brantley, Aidan Duke and Jonah Barton; sophomores Gatlin Greer, Ethan Travis, Tommy Miller and Carter Mitchell; and freshmen are Devin Woods, Carter Duke, Justin Choate and Garrett Cox.

The Outlaw JV Boys team finished in 3rd place overall (18 teams). They had a score of 312, five strokes behind second place Kingston. Additionally, four of the team members landed in the top 20 individual rankings. They were Devin Woods with 75 for eighth-place tie, Kyler Blundell 78 for 13th place tie, Aidan Duke 79 for 16th place tie and Carter Mitchell with 80 points for a 19th place tie. placed 14th in the Invitational that was held at Marlow’s Generations Golf Course.

Final team results: Marlow 294, Kingston Redskins (3A-SE) 307, Marlow 2 – 312, El Reno Indians (5A- C) 325, Duncan Demons 2 (5a-SW) 326; Elgin Owls (5A-SW) 349, Duke Tigers (2A-SW) 359, Dibble Demons (2A-C) 360, Marlow 3 (3A-SW) 364, Tecumseh Savages (4A-C) 365.

The boys head to Purcell’s Brent Bruehl Golf Course for the 3A qualifier meet on Monday.

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