MOORE — The start to the prep golf season has been a good one for the Southmoore boys. After a top-10 showing March 25 at the Jimmie Austin in which they scored better than both Jenks and Tulsa Union, the SaberCats came back Monday and won the annual Norman High tournament at the Trails.
“We are just looking forward to a good year,” Southmoore coach Mike McConville said. “We went to state last year as a team. We have the goal of making it to state again as a team and improving on that. And by the way the seasons has started so far, it looks like we can do it.”
Norman High golf coach Bruce Renfroe opted to change up the normal high school golf tournament format. It gave him more time with his players and his players more time with each other. Still, it was Southmoore that enjoyed it the most.
Just 18 holes, Renfroe went with the “Maxwell” format, taken from the collegiate tournament played for years and years at Ardmore’s Dornick Hills.
Rather than No. 1 players playing with other No. 1 players, and No. 2 players with other No. 2 players, and so on and so on, teams went out together, five in a group, accompanied by their coach or an official, just to make sure there’s no funny business.
“It’s kind of a longer day for the coaches because they have to be with their team the whole day,” Renfroe said. “There’s no grading papers in the clubhouse.”
Also, rather than kicking out the low score of the five when the round is over, the low score of the five is kicked out on each hole. The sum of the remaining four is counted. It’s a five-man best ball with one score tossed aside.
Anyway, it worked for the SaberCats, who posted an 18-over par total on a windy day on Norman’s tightest and probably most unforgiving golf course.