EDMOND — All season long the Owasso boys golf team had been chasing the likes of Stillwater and Edmond North.
The Pioneers had rolled to numerous tournament titles this spring, including the Class 6A East Regional a week ago on Owasso’s home course. And the Huskies have simply owned 6A with 13 of the past 14 titles to their credit.
Owasso caught both teams Tuesday as it won the program’s second state title. The Rams finished with a three-round total of 897, four shots ahead of both schools on the Rose Creek Golf Club.
“I think we were the most underestimated team in the state,” said freshman No. 1 bag Ben Stoller, who led Owasso with a 7-over par total and finished in a four-way tie for seventh individually.
Stoller was the Rams’ lone top-10 placer. But Owasso’s depth led to the program’s first state title since 2015.
Brett Wilcoxen was one shot back of Stoller and a stroke ahead of Braden Lang. Wilcoxen, a junior, was one of only two Owasso players who had prior state tournament experience entering the week.
The Rams opened the final round with a two-shot advantage over Edmond North. Owasso took the lead with a season-low score of 284 in the second round Monday.
“It was super important, a big confidence-builder,” Wilcoxen said. “It showed us we could actually hang and be in contention for state again.”
Tyler Rhodes, who claimed individual medalist honors a week ago at regionals, sat in a tie for fourth going into the final round but fell off that pace with a final-round 84. But teammate Antonio Gilestra responded with a 79, his best round of the tournament, to help the Rams maintain the lead.
Gilestra opened Tuesday by shanking his tee shot but recovered to make par on No. 1, a sign of good things to come.
“I felt like it was almost destined for me to shoot in the 70s after that,” Gilestra said. “It got me energized. It got me more confident in my swing.”
The finishing stretch proved to be vital to the Rams’ title hopes as they were neck-and-neck with Edmond North. Owasso combined to shoot 2 under on No. 17 and 4 under on No. 18.
“Really, (Nos.) 17 and 18 were the difference in the tournament,” Owasso coach Corey Burd said.
Following Monday’s play, the Rams also benefited from a shift in strategy on hole No. 18.
With a large pond surrounded by the fairways on holes No. 10 and 18, Burd instructed his team to aim for the fairway on No. 10, which was in play. The move avoided the possible water hazard and shrunk a portion of the distance from tee to green on No. 18.
“I really wasn’t sure but I was going to do what coach said,” said Stoller, who hit a 6-iron to within 10 feet that led to an eagle on No. 18. “It was a smart call.”
Without a senior on the roster, Burd admitted claiming a state championship was a pleasant surprise.
“If you’d have told me at the beginning of the season we would be in this spot, I would’ve had my doubts,” Burd said.
Edmond North’s Jordan Wilson shot a 3-under 213 to claim the individual title by four strokes. Bixby’s Kyle Peterson, who had the Tuesday’s best round with a 70, finished in a tie for third at 2-over 218.
Peterson’s play sparked the Spartans to a sixth-place finish with a 932 total. Jenks was seventh at 954, followed by Broken Arrow in eighth at 957.
Class 6A Championship
At Rose Creek Golf Club; par 72
1. Owasso 304-284-309—897
2. Edmond North 290-300-311—901
3. Stillwater 303-300-298—901
4. Norman North 306-302-296—904
5. Edmond Memorial 295-298-316—909
6. Bixby 308-308-316—932
7. Jenks 307-324-323—954
8. Broken Arrow 314-316-327—957
9. Ponca City 329-315-314—958
10. Norman 307-329-329—965
11. Deer Creek 326-330-325—981
12. Mustang 332-331-329—992
1. Jordan Wilson, Edmond North 68-70-75—213
2. Cooper Wilguess, Ed. Mem. 72-70-75—217
T3. Kyle Peterson, Bixby 74-74-70—218
T3. Charlie Jackson, Nor. North 72-75-71—218
T5. Bennett Baldwin, Stillwater 77-72-73—222
T5. Jake Hopper, Norman North 79-72-71—222
T7. Gus Fritz, Shawnee 75-75-73—223
T7. Jack Glenn, Stillwater 77-74-72—223
T7. Zane Heusel, Ed.Memorial 73-73-77-—223
T7. Ben Stoller, Owasso 79-68-76—223
Bartlesville: Taton Hopkins 81-71-80—232, Carson Rainbolt 78-77-78—233.
Bixby: Dylan Teeter 75-74-77—226, Chance Criss 85-76-80—241, Brennan Boles 79-84-89—252, Ben Moeller 80-86-89—257
Booker T. Washington: Tim James 91-87-87—265.
Broken Arrow: Kaden Armstrong 73-77-77—227, Gabe Replogle 75-79-81—235, Connor Herzberg 83-79-80—242, Tyler Collier 83-81-89—253, Max Gotcher 84-86-89—259.
Choctaw: Sutton McMillan 76-76-75—227.
Deer Creek: Noah Kern 81-81-79—241, Jake Hope 81-83-80—244, Lane Whitsell 81-85-88—254, Ty Tompkins 84-82-82—248, Kolby Matthews 83-84-84—251
Edmond Memorial: Asher Clift 76-75-84—235, Austin Dolan 74-84-80—238, Scott McPhail 80-80-88—248.
Edmond North: Carson Francis 71-74-80—225, Shane Herlihy 76-75-80—231, Walker Fuzzell 75-81-76—232, Matt Geurin 88-83-83—254.
Edmond Santa Fe: Joey Nix 83-80-76—239.
Jenks: Gavin Fox 76-78-77—231, Dudley McElhaney 75-80-87—242, Kyle McDoulett 78-82-81—241, Tyler Cornwell 81-84-81—246, Jamen Parsons 78-86-84—248.
Lawton: Zach Siaca 81-74-78—233.
Mustang: Bryce Vickery 83-72-77—232, Cole Luber 76-79-78—233, Kaden Robison 82-95-85—262, Cayden Igo 92-85-89—266, Hayden White 91-99-97—287.
Norman: Hudson Harris 72-79-77—228, Ryan Bell 72-80-83—235, Evan Kelley 80-82-91—253, London Stover 83-88-83—254, Carson Wright 86-89-86—261.
Norman North: Grant Proctor 76-77-76—229, Conner Hanson 80-79-82—241, Tripp Pence 84-78-80—242.
Owasso: Brett Wilcoxen 77-71-76—224, Braden Lang 76-71-78—225, Tyler Rhodes 72-74-84—230, Antonio Gilestra 87-86-79—252.
Ponca City: Dalton Owens 82-76-75—233, Kale Gilbert 76-80-80—236, Grant Jackson 87-79-77—243, Dalton Criner 84-80-82—246, Brady Wicker 90-95-92—277
Putnam City: Christian McAllister 79-78-74—231.
Putnam City North: Grant Murphey 77-72-76—225
Sapulpa: Evan Linfoot 88-78-77—243
Stillwater: Eric Schuessler 75-76-78—229. John Blake 78-79-75—232, Noah Bratton 74-78-81—233.
Union: Mackee Bonaobra 83-78-84—245.
Yukon: Gage Tennyson 84-77-78—239, Mavrik Clemons 104-103-98—305.