OKLAHOMA CITY — John-Crawford Counts was already a golfer on the move when he arrived at Trosper Park Monday morning. Now, he’s moving faster … even with a three-putt bogey on his 36th hole.
Monday brought the the last Mid-State Conference boys golf tournament ever to be played and Counts, a Southmoore junior, made it one to remember by hitting 34 of 36 greens and getting enough putts to fall to shoot 68-69 for a 3-under par 137 total that topped Edmond Memorial’s Jacob Bishop by two strokes and Memorial’s Ty Tamara by three.
Led by Bishop and Tamara, the Bulldogs claimed the last Mid-State team championship by a healthy 12 strokes over Norman North. Nevertheless, North coach Dennis Etter could hardly complain after his band of Timberwolves fired off a 36-hole total of 19-over par 579.
“You’re only looking at three teams in the state that have beaten us and that’s the three Edmond schools,” Etter said. “Our team is shaping up pretty well.”
Additonally, though Norman High placed fourth, behind Southmoore, with a 635 total, and continues to face a difficult road to reach the Class 6A state tournament, the Tigers continue to find better play.
Tyler Howe led NHS with rounds of 71-71, good for a tie for fifth among individuals.
“We’re getting better,” NHS coach Bruce Renfroe said. “We’re trying to figure out who our top five are.”
Though Counts tied for the top spot at an NHS-hosted tournament March 31 at The Trails, he still hadn’t won a tournament all by himself while playing for his school.
Still, he had the thought he might play well after shooting 68-70-70 over three consecutive rounds at his home course — Belmar — prior to Monday.
“I just felt confident,” he said. “But I wasn’t trying to win. I was just trying to be all-conference.”