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March 26, 2014

Norman North, NHS come up short of victory at Timberwolves Invitational

NORMAN — The good news for Norman North golf is it now has a true one-two punch. The good news for Norman High golf is that it’s got a guy who looks ready to go toe-to-toe with that one-two punch.

The bad news?

Playing on a very familiar track, the par 72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, it was Edmond North that ran away with the team title, and Hobart’s Brad Dalke who won the medalist’s crown at Tuesday’s 36-hole Timberwolves Invitational.

Perhaps it’s not so bad.

Dalke’s became an OU golf commitment in middle school and is living up to the hype. Now a sophomore — and Tuesday a one-man team — he fired off rounds of 74 and 68, with the 68 including birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6, which just happened to be four of his last five holes.

Then there were the Huskies, whose A team won with a fantastic 13-over par total of 589, 11 strokes in front of Edmond Santa Fe and 13 strokes in front of both Norman North and the Huskies’ very own B team.

Still, it was hardly a poor effort for Norman North at its own tournament. The T-Wolves’ second-round 299 was the best 18 holes of the day not shot by Edmond North’s A squad.

As to the other local storylines?

· Dalke edged North junior Thomas Johnson — 74-69 143 — by a stroke. Johnson said he wasn’t hitting the ball so well, but he was making about every putt he looked at on the way to eight birdies over his 36 holes.

“I probably missed like two putts inside 10 feet all day and then made two long ones,” he said. “I didn’t really hit that many good irons.”

Still, it was good enough for second place and a step forward from the 78 and 73 he began the spring with at the Fort Worth McLean tournament almost three weeks ago.

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