Pawhuska golfers place third in qualifier

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Pawhuska High School senior Bailey Thompson and the Huskies’ golf team are continuing to shoot their way toward the Class 2A state tournament.

On Monday, the PHS squad placed third in the team standings in a 2A regional qualifier held at the Pryor Creek Golf Course. A total of 25 schools were represented at the event, with only the top six teams advancing to next week’s Regional Tournament at the Sapulpa Municipal Course.

Thompson shot a round of 76 and just miss having the top individual score at the qualifier — which was one of four being held for the two 2A Regionals. Other results for the Huskies included: sophomore Reese Collins with an 81, junior John Bighorse at 86, senior Tucker Helmer (97) and senior Chanler Collins (102).

The PHS golfers overall team score of 340 left them behind Pawnee (which shot a cumulative score of 312) and Stratford (with a 338 — just two strokes ahead of the locals). Last time the Huskies had played the Pryor Creek course was at last year’s 2A Regional, when they missed out on qualifying for the 2015 State Tournament by 11 strokes.

“The course wasn’t a perfect fit for us, but they pulled through with strong rounds,” said the Pawhuska team’s coach, Seth Creamer.

Creamer is a PHS science/chemistry teacher who is serving his first season as golf coach. He said the Huskies recently played in the Kellyville Tournament on the Sapulpa course in order to familiarize themselves with the Regional site. A good showing at the Monday, May 2, event would send the Pawhuska team to the Class 2A State Tournament

The Huskie golfers have competed in seven tournaments this spring — including events in Guthrie, Cushing and Enid. Earlier this month, they won first place as a team at the Bristow Tournament.

“We’ve been pretty successful,” said the coach, adding that the squad has brought home “a stack of plaques and awards.” The Huskie team finished second as a team at the Nowata tournament, where Thompson earning the medalist honors for a second consecutive year.

“Our top two (Thompson and Reese Collins) have been very consistent,” Creamer said. “The other guys are right on the edge.”

Other PHS golfers include seniors Trent Hughes and Dayton Kilpatrick, junior Diego Kilpatrick and freshman Waylan Hubbard.

Helmer, Thompson and Hughes were sophomores on PHS’s state tourney-qualifying squad from two years ago. Those Huskies wound up placing 11th in the 2A event’s final team results. Thompson finished 37th in the 2014 individual standings.