STILLWATER — Though he didn’t finish quite as strong as he began Tuesday, it was still a fine rebound on the final day of the Class 6A boys state golf tournament for Norman High’s Turner Howe.
After beginning with rounds of 84 and 81 on Monday, Howe came back with a final-round 77. Not that he even needed a rebound to enjoy his time at the state tournament.
"You can’t really walk away feeling bad after playing Karsten (Creek)," Howe said. "It’s such a beautiful course."
The lone Tiger to earn his way into the state tourney, Howe played the back nine first Tuesday and was even par after nine holes. The front nine — Howe’s back — proved more difficult.
Howe was backed by NHS coach Bruce Renfroe and the rest of his Tiger varsity teammates. All the day was missing were a few more putts falling.
"I’m a lot more consistent with my ball-striking," Howe said. "It’s just unfortunate I wasn’t able to make the putts I needed to make the last couple of days. I hit the ball well enough to shoot a lot lower, but my short game wasn’t what it needed to be."
Howe isn’t nearly done.
Only a sophomore, he could well have two more cracks at the state tournament.
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