Fort Sill to host 5A boys state tourney
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:43pm Tyler Palmateer
For the first time in its history, Fort Sill Golf Course is slated to host a high school golf state tournament.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities announced this month Fort Sill will host the Class 5A boys state tournament May 12-13, which is always accompanied by the state preview event, a one-day, 18-hole tournament on April 14 designed to give 26 different contenders an early look at the course.
MacArthur golf coach John Kitchens for a number of years has served as Class 5A representative on the OSSAA golf advisory board, and twice has seen state tournaments held at Lawton Country Club.
For several reasons, he made a push to bring a state tourney to Ft. Sill the track locals refer to as "The Hill."
"After this year, I've got maybe one year in me (before retirement) and I wanted to host it at Ft. Sill because it's really kind of a unique golf course, and it's never had a state tournament before," Kitchens said. "We have a new man this year over golf (OSSAA's David Glover) and I told him I'd like to host it. He said, 'Go ahead.'"
Kitchens soon will start raising funds for the tournament. Costs are included, but not limited to, presenting coaches and players with small gifts during a ceremony, then feeding all the players and coaches on the 36-hole opening day of the tournament.
Ft. Sill has hosted regional tournaments before, but the past several years the Class 5A event has featured courses from the eastern part of the state. It was at Tulsa Country Club last year, where Mac's then pair of juniors Stacey Cornelius and Trent Meisel played. Meisel placed in the top-5 individually.