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Eisenhower’s Derek Wise,shown here at the 5A state preview, won’t be a part of Monday’s 5A state tourney being played at Fort Sill, but many top players will be.

Wind, rain may be on way to 5A state golf

Johnny Kitchens is not a weatherman, but he's sure been watching those guys on television of late, trying to see just what type of weather will greet players who will be competing in the Class 5A Boys State Golf Tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Fort Sill Golf Club. 

Twelve teams from across the state will be competing for the title including Altus, Duncan and MacArthur from Southwest Oklahoma. Kitchens, Mac's veteran golf coach and the tournament director, however, says that the favorites will be driving a little further to reach Lawton.

"I think that Shawnee is probably playing as well as anyone and behind them I think Tahlequah is going to be tough," he said. "Beyond that it's going to be several teams there in the mix for the top three spots."

While great weather was greeting players and coaches who were arriving Saturday evening and today for a practice round at 1:30 p.m., the wind is supposed to gust and rain is predicted for Monday's two rounds.

"We will just have to play it by ear," Kitchens said. "Right now we plan on playing it down, but if we get a lot of moisture we may have to change to lift, clean and replace. Rick Goodwin (Cameron's women's coach) is our PGA rules official and he will be helping with those decisions during the tournament."

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