The Guthrie Bluejay golf team had a full week in preparation for regionals coming up on Monday at Crimson Creek in El Reno.
On Monday, they traveled to Ardmore for a 36-hole event at Dornick Hills and Lakeview Golf Course. The Jays played Dornick in the morning, then Lakeview in the afternoon.
The Jays shot 314 on the much tougher Dornick course, led by Luke Morgan’s 74 and Bo Robbins’ 79. Brady Hirzel fired an 80 and Luke Dale came in one shot behind with 81 to round out the morning scorecard.
In the afternoon, Guthrie completed a goal they had yet to achieve this season, by posting five scores in the 70’s at Lakeview, the only school in the 24-team field to do so on either course.
The Jays were once-again paced by Morgan with 71, followed by Robbins at 75 and Hirzel at 76. Luke Roach came back strong with a 78 and Dale fired a 79.
At 614 strokes for the day, Guthrie was fourth behind Edmond North, Edmond Memorial and Heritage Hall. More importantly, the Jays beat 5A rivals Bishop McGuinness and Duncan by 15 and 42 shots, respectively. Luke Morgan picked up a fourth place medal for his individual performance.
On Thursday, Guthrie hosted the annual Bluejay Bash, which is the largest tournament by field-size in Oklahoma. The 26th edition of the Bash, was held on Lake Hefner’s North and South Courses, with a field of 216 varsity golfers in a continuous 36-hole format where you do not come off the course until you’ve played the entire 36-hole loop.
After nearly 10 hours of golf, the scores were tallied and the Jays were fifth in the 36-team event behind Stillwater, Edmond North, Oklahoma Christian School and Heritage Hall.
The storyline for Guthrie, again, was how they would fare against their chief 5A competition ahead of the postseason.
Paired with Duncan and Bishop Kelley, the Jays fired a 600 even (304 o the north course and a 296 on the south) which was good for a two-shot margin over Kelley, a 9-shot advantage over McGuinness and 50-shot triumph over Duncan.
Guthrie was paced by Morgan’s 142 (72, 70) which earned him a 7 seventh place medal in the stacked field. Robbins shot a 148 (75, 73), Hirzel brought home a 155 (78, 77), Dale came in at 159 (83/76) and Luke Roach rounded out the scoring at 160 (79, 81).
Due to scheduling restrictions, the Suburban Conference must hold their own competition within a larger tournament, such as the Bluejay Bash. For the second consecutive year, Guthrie has the Suburban Conference team and individual crowns.
Following up Robbins’ conference win last year, Morgan is the 2019 Suburban Conference Individual Champion.
By virtue of top-10 finishes, the Jays roster is full of All-Conference performers, including Robbins (third), Hirzel (sixth), Luke Dale (seventh) and Roach (eighth).
Guthrie travels to El Reno on Monday for the 5A West Regional, a 36-hole loop on Crimson Creek Golf Course.