The young Guthrie Bluejays turned some heads at the Class 5A State Golf Tournament this week. The Bluejays finished third behind Tulsa Kelley and Bishop McGuinness after 54-holes at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.
"We did pretty good," Guthrie Head Coach Ric Meshew said. "We were hoping for a tiny bit better. I don't think we could've beat Kelley even at our best with the way they were playing. I was a little disappointed that McGuinness beat us, but overall with a bunch of youngsters, we did really well. They seem hungry to get after it again."
The big story for Guthrie was that freshman Luke Morgan was tied for the lead after the first 36-holes with Piedmont's Dustin Hasley at 4-over. After the first nine holes on the final day, Meshew says Morgan was leading by one-stroke but after three bogies in four holes, Hasley was able to pull away for the individual title.
"He was right there with nine holes to go," Meshew said. "Then he bogied 1, 3 and 4. By his last hole, he knew that the best he could do was second. He was disappointed because he has such high expectations for himself but I think once some time passes he'll realize that getting second as a freshman is pretty good."
It has been quite a season for the Bluejays. A year after Guthrie failed to send a single player to the state tournament, the Bluejays returned in 2017 with a young core and ended with a top-three finish.
"We kind of came out of nowhere," Meshew said. "Last year was the first year not to send anyone to the state tournament and then this year we were right there with a chance. I think we caught some people by surprise this year. That won't happen next year."
With the Bluejays year finally in the books, Meshew says this year was one of the most memorable he's had as the head coach for Guthrie.
"It's been a lot of fun," Meshew said. "I've known about these kids since junior high. They won their first tournament of the year and then won the Duncan Tournament, which was a big one. This is the first time since 2011 we sent the team to state and probably the first time since 2003 that we thought we had a chance to win it. So yeah, this season ranks up there really high for me."