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Carl Albert’s Westlake rallies for top 10 finish

Carl Albert’s boys golf team placed fifth at the Class 5A state tournament May 9 at the Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan. Keegan Westlake finished ninth overall. PHOTOS PROVIDED

By Jeff Harrison

Keegan Westlake cracked the top 20 after the first 36 holes at the Class 5A boys golf state tournament.

But the Carl Albert sophomore believed better things were ahead. And he was right.

Westlake shot a two-over-par 74 on the final round to finish tied for ninth place at the Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan.  Westlake and Bishop McGuinness’ Ryan McClanaltan both finished with 238.

“My goal going into state was to play my game and not compare myself to anyone else,” Westlake said. “Placing in the top ten was a goal at the start of the season, so it felt amazing to complete a goal.”

Westlake opened the tournament with a 77 but cooled off in the second round by shooting 86 on Monday. He blocked out the second round and finished strong with a round of 74.

“The key to bouncing back was keep my head up and just move on and forget about my second round and I feel like I did a pretty good job of that,” he said. 

Westlake opened with a par and birdie on the first two holes on Tuesday. He followed with a stretch of pars and finished with par on three of the final four holes.

Cole Wipfli was next for the Titans with a 245 (79-84-82). Caden Nossaman finished with a 260 (90-85-85), followed by Zac Pennington (262) and Logan Lantz (282).

Bishop Kelley’s Will Hennessee shot 209 (70-68-71) to win the individual championship. Duncan’s Baylor Bostick was runner-up with 212 (72-73-67) and Duncan’s Caden Stevens and Noble’s Parker Payne tied for third with each shooting 228.

Duncan won its second straight state championship with a 915 (304-312-299). Bishop Kelley was second with 934 (314-299-321) and Bishop McGuinness and Piedmont tied for third with both scoring 973. The Titans finished fifth overall with a 1,004 (336-346-322).

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