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Mac’s Trent Meisel tees off on the first hole during the final round of the Class 5A State Tournament on Tuesday at Fort Sill Golf Club. Meisel shot a 74 over the final 18 to finish one stroke back of state champion, Jake Johnson of Tahlequah.

Mac’s Meisel finishes one shot back at Sill

Meisel fires final round 74 in tough conditions, Tahlequah takes team title

Trent Meisel walked to the ninth tee, his final hole of the day, coming off back-to-back birdies. Then he waited and waited and waited some more for the two groups ahead of him to clear.

When Meisel, playing with a heavy heart, was finally able to tee off, he pulled his drive left into the rough near the same spot he birdied from on Monday. 

By the time he reached his ball, some 40 yards back from the green, he found it sitting in a divot with a clump of grass right in front it. At the time, he was one stroke behind Tahlequah's Jake Johnson, who was playing the nightmarishly difficult 17th and 18th holes.

Meisel did all he could with the lie he had but came up short of the green. His chip was about six feet short. He missed the par putt and carded a bogey.

"We're all going to make excuses, but the ball was right behind a weed and I caught it thick and it came up short," Meisel said of his second shot on nine. "Things go wrong. It's just golf."

Meisel shot a 74 to finish second behind Johnson, who opened the door for Meisel by bogeying 18. Still despite the near miss, the senior was excited.

"Even par is always a good score to walk out of a tournament with," Meisel said. "I gave it my best effort. If you tie the course, but someone else beats the course and you along with it, there's not much you can do."

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