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SPARTAN GOLF FUND RAISER A BIG SUCCESS!

Parents and players stepped up once again this year, insuring that the 70+ Spartan golfers have a full spring season of competition. And once again we will also dress well, eat well and PLAY WELL!

We raised about $30,000 once again this year. While we do have a few bills to pay from that amount, we should easily be able to pay for a good number of JV matches, ‘B’ & ‘C’ Team Junior High matches. Everyone will have nice tournament uniforms as in past years. We expect to have plenty of money feed our players after tournaments again. (Look out Ci-Cis, Arbys, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc.)

There were so many parents involved this year, I am still accumulating names, looking at pictures and sending notes of thanks. It may take me awhile to get to everyone BUT PLEASE KNOW I realize what all of you did to make this a big success for our Spartans. I WILL BE MAKING SURE YOU PERSONALLY KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU ALL SOMEHOW!

FOR NOW, I DO WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK CHRIS AND CHRISTY JOHNSON FOR PUTTING IN SO MANY HOURS ORGANIZING, CALLING, PLANNING AND OVERALL DEDICATION SO MANY HOURS FOR MONTHS TO THIS EVENT. (Not mention their significant financial contribution again this year)

Remember, one of the biggest deals we have is that your Spartans can play for free at WhiteHawk 7 days a week. They can play for free at The Links, Monday thru Friday and for $5 on weekends. At Lit’l Links, they can play for free 7 days a week this semester as well. PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM DO TO SO. Until we can have official practices starting Dec. 1st, playing on their own or with teammates or family members is their best chance to improve before we start tournaments in the spring.

THANKS AGAIN TO ALL….. You continue to amaze me with your support for Spartan Athletes!

CLINIC INFORMATION

Boys will start clinic opportunities after Fall Break. (Specifics based on fundraising numbers)
Clinic participation is optional and the clinics are prepaid.
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The final girls clinics will be the 7th, 19th & 20th (FALL BREAK)
LE ME KNOW IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND YOUR SCHEDULED DATES

Saturday the 7th:
These girls will meet Saturday @ Whitehawk (Noon to 1:30)
Peyton, Madalyn, Jillian, Rachel K., Lexi

Thursday the 19th:
Whitehawk from noon to 3:00: Nadia, Halle, Bailey L., Madison, Morgan

Friday the 20th:
Whitehawk from noon to 3:00: Lily, Ella F., Kadence, Ella H., Gentry,

H.S. PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 10/2 – 10/13

MONDAY 10/2 – REGULAR SCHEDULE

BOYS AT WHITEHAWK – Range Work & Putting (Play optional)
VAR. RANKING GROUPS
(#1) Criss – Brennen – Lastin
(#2) Max – Trent – Spillars
A PLAY-OFF IF TIED – BEST 2 SCORES PLAY WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY

TUESDAY 10/3 – REGULAR SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY 10/4- REGULAR SCHEDULE

BOYS AT WHITEHAWK – Range Work & Putting (Play optional)
VARSITY RANKING GROUPS: (COACH RENO)
(#1) Kyle – Nate – Michael – Dylan
(#2) Zak – Ben – PLUS Top 2 scores from Monday’s ranking

THURSDAY 10/5 – REGULAR SCHEDULE (COACH MASTERS @ COMPLEX)

FRIDAY 10/6 – REGULAR SCHEDULE (COACH MASTERS @ COMPLEX)

VARSITY RANKING @ GOLF CLUB OF OKLAHOMA (COACH MOORE)
GROUPS:
(#1) Kyle – Nate – Micheal – Dylan
(#2) Zak – Ben – PLUS the 2 players from Wednesdays group

MONDAY 10/9 – REGULAR SCHEDULE (Coach Masters @ COMPLEX)

VAR. BOYS RANKING GROUP @ WHITEHAWK
(#1) Kyle – Nate – Michael – Dylan (PRACTICE ROUND ONLY)
(#2) Criss – Brennen – Lastin (Scores count for Wed/Fri ranking)
(#3) Max – Trent – Spillars (Scores count for Wed/Fri ranking)
BEST 2 SCORES IN GROUPS 2 & 3 RANK WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY)

TUESDAY 10/10 – REGULAR SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY 10/11 – REGULAR SCHEDULE (EXCEPT VAR BOYS AS NOTED)

8 VARSITY BOYS AT THE LINKS RANKING (Morrow)
(#1) Kyle – Nate – Michael – Dylan
(#2) Zak – Ben – PLUS the low 2 players from Monday.

THURSDAY 10/12 – REGULAR SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 10/13 – REGULAR SCHEDULE – VAR. BOYS @ MEADOWBROOK (Morrow)

(#1) Kyle – Nate – Michael – Dylan
(#2) Ben – Zak – PLUS 2 Boys from Wednesdays Ranking @ The Links)

BOYS FALL RANKING SCHEDULE

We will complete Fall Ranking on the below listed dates & sites. The intent is to identify the top 10 VARSITY players for our early season matches. Then, as the season progresses, there will likely be ranking changes based on tournament results and/or players joining the program for the 2nd semester. IF YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO THE FALL RANKING DATES BUT DO NOT PLAY, THAT CAN EFFECT YOUR STATUS AS A TOP 10 PLAYER. PLAN FOR THESE DATES. (Transportation plans under consideration)

Seniors do not play JV matches but MAY be allowed to do so for the first 3 tournaments if a reasonable opportunity exists for them to break into the top 5 as a result of their performance in those 3 events. (Based on stroke averages)

RANKING SCHEDULE: (Number of holes based on daylight)

Wednesday Oct. 4th – Whitehawk G.C. – 12 to 15 holes
Friday Oct. 6th – Golf Club of Okla. – 12 to 15 holes
Wednesday Oct. 11th- The Links Golf – 9 holes
Friday Oct. 13th- MeadowBrook C.C. – 12 to 15 holes

TBA – A Final 18 hole ranking date at Indian Springs C.C. (A weekend or on a break)

RANKING IS BASED ON STROKE AVERAGES PER NUMBER OF HOLES PLAYED. As we cannot play 18 holes often, averages are calculated on ‘PER HOLE” averages. ONCE THE SEASON STARTS, ONLY 18 HOLE EVENTS ARE COUNTED UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANCES.

JV Players will be assigned Ranking Matches as well on a different schedule. Those players will also be identified as to which JV group they will play in AND AGAIN, EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO BREAK INTO THE TOP 5 OR 10 PLAYERS BASED ON SCORES AND PERFORMANCE IN TOURNAMENTS.

To replace a player ranked above you, it is imperative that you have a chance to play that player in head to head matches and/or play in common tournaments on dates and under similar conditions.

KEEP IN MIND: Players determine rankings from their performance & averages. The coach DOES NOT, under most circumstances, randomly select players to play in varsity matches. Eligibility issues, disciplinary concerns or a player not making a good effort to improve and/or be ready to compete are situations the coach may replace a players in the line-up. Disqualifications or rules concerns can result in a player being removed from the line-up. Missing a bus departure time or violations of team rules or course etiquette are also reasons a player can be dropped from a line-up.

This is not intended to outline all team rules or policies, but rather give you an idea as to how you will make the tournament line-ups this spring. We will discuss the process more in team meetings very soon. Just know that we all want the best players representing our school in tournaments and everyone has an equal chance to be one of those top 5 players.

FUND RAISING INFORMATION:

The posting below has the sign-up forms for a scramble team and a form for a hole sponsor. WE NEED TO GET GOING ON SIGNING UP TEAMS AS WE ARE JUST ABOUT 5 weeks away from our tournament date.

The success of our season hinges on this one and only fund raiser we do. JUNIOR HIGH PLAYERS ALL GOT FORMS TO TAKE HOME FRIDAY

THE FUNDS ARE SPENT AS FOLLOWS: (including but not limited to)

> High School and Junior High uniform items.
> Meals provided for players at tournaments
> Sport drinks/water & snacks during tournament play
> JV PLAYER TOURNAMENTS & ‘B & C’ TEAM LEVEL PLAYERS FOR JUNIOR HIGH
> Practice Facility needs.
> Clinic Fees & instructor fees for all players
> GOLF COURSE PRACTICE GREEN FEES & RANGE BALLS (an absolute must!)

Each year, we have had a successful fund raising tournament allowing all 70+ players to play in spring tournaments, regardless of their team ranking or experience level. If we do not have sufficient funds to allow lower level players to play, we can only involve out TOP PLAYERS to play as the entry fees are high. (We spend about $9000 a year for tournament fees)

Feeding the players at and after tournaments is something we like to do. A successful fund raiser allows us to do that. Otherwise, players will need to bring $8 to $10 per event to eat after tournaments. That can cost a parent from $40 to $50
per season for JH players and up to $150 for a high school player.

Uniforms: We purchase SPIRIT GEAR & UNIFORMS (Tee shirts, Hoodies & Spartan caps, as well as monogrammed golf towels. We purchase tournament uniforms and wind or rain jackets. This expense runs as high as $200 per high school player (12 tournaments) and $100 to $125 for junior high players (4 tournaments max)

COACHING STIPENDS: We do receive stipends from the district but since we try to avoid “cuts” and keep more kids involved than any school, we need to pay additional stipends for coaches and clinic fees.

PRACTICE FEES: We must pay courses for practice space. This is perhaps the only sport you cannot solely practice on campus. We must pay from $7500 to $9000 for golf course use fees to insure our players are ready to compete in the spring. By our doing this, your child has “team membership” at 3 courses during the school year. At present, they can play for free at Whitehawk & Lit’ Links 7 days a week AND at The Links for free Monday thru Friday. they can play for $5 on weekends at The Links. Golf is not a cheap sport, as you know, but that makes your golf fees a real bargain over the school year.

THE DISTRICT GIVES US A NICE BUDGET (& a great practice facility)…. In fact, at Bixby, we get more money for the program than I received at Jenks or Union… But since my goal is to keep kids playing this important lifeskills sport, we keep far more kids playing this sport at BPS than almost any school. That requires us to raise more money than the school should be expected to provide a sports team such as golf. We would have plenty of district provided funds for a “normal size” golf program…. But I prefer us to be “above normal” in size & numbers!

SUMMARY: Please have your Spartan Golfer go out and find a HOLE SPONSOR. Doing so, they will not have a spring fee to pay. Also, consider entering a family & friends scramble team. It is a great day of fun and benefits the team members. The scramble team doesn’t satisfy spring fees for your players as we have to pay the golf course for the tournament, but the hole sponsor money all goes to our team and that is why your Spartan does not have to pay their $175 spring fee in December….Essentially, it costs about $35 a month to be on the golf team…. That is for course fees, uniforms, tournaments and meals… A great bargain…..I have estimated, considering what we do each year, if we did not have a successful fund raising tournament it would cost a parent around $500 to $600 for the year for total involvement in playing on the team. AND THAT WOULD NOT NECESSARILY GUARANTEE A JV OR B TEAM PLAYER GETS TO PLAY IN TOURNAMENTS….. Let’s keep it the way everyone gets involved and have another great fund raiser!

Contact Chris Johnson if you can help… 918-629-8839.. You can also send me your Sponsorship or scramble team forms…..

Thanks, I appreciate you all!! – Coach Morrow

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING TO PLAN FOR FUND RAISER: Wednesday 9/13 at GOLF COMPLEX – 6:00 – 7:00

PRACTICE PLANS : UPDATED 9/12/17

Based on eligibility, the plans for practice. (We are still waiting on a few players to pay course fees and get physicals and drug tests in.

At Whitehawk, we are limited on range balls (15 buckets per day) Do not get balls if you are not assigned on range until players that are assigned to the range get their balls. If you do not play on your scheduled ranking day, let me know why.

REMINDER: Coaches cannot be involved in practices after 4:00. Make sure parents are aware “official practices” are over by 4:00 and if you remain to finish your practice, it is by your choice. (This will change Dec. 1st) NOTE: We do set up VOLUNTARY PLAY DAYS WITH FRONTIER CONFERENCE SCHOOLS ON OCCASION. These events are VOLUNTARY and a player is not required to play or practice after 4:00. < Before Dec. 1st, A coach can watch, but cannot offer coaching advice after 4:00>

On home course days, if you are not a member of a club, you can go to THE LINKS on MEMORIAL and play. There is no charge for green fees. AND I ANTICIPATE THAT YOU WILL BE PLAYING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THIS FALL.

Don’t waste the opportunity we have to get better. We need to work hard from now thru mid November…. This is our prime practice season! REMEMBER, YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS ARE VOLUNTARY AFTER 4:00. But you can bring me ATTESTED scorecards to use as ranking scores.

JUNIOR HIGH PLAYERS CAN NOW USE THE LINKS AND LIT’L LINKS AFTER SCHOOL. (Also course time at Whitehawk)… BUT WE CANNOT HAVE OFFICIAL PRACTICES UNTIL DEC. 1st, as your OSSAA allowed practice time with a coach is during your first period. You will not be charged green fees at those courses and will have some access to free range balls, by a schedule to be posted next week. start planning to go AFTER SCHOOL… Work out carpool rides and playing groups….

ON WEEKENDS: You can play for free at Whitehawk with a tee time (usually at noon or later). A parent can play with you for $19.50 with a cart! Also, Lit’l Links Green Fees are also free on weekends. (No free range balls on weekends) At THE LINKS you can play for $5.00. (Not free but reduced green fees)

USE THESE PLAYING BENEFITS. WE HAVE PAID FOR IT!

Golfers & Parents

I hope everyone is working hard. This could be our best year yet and we have had many solid seasons the last 7 years.
I can’t wait to get started! With this strongs senior class and our few very experienced underclassmen, we could really make a mark in 6A golf.

REMEMBER: YOUR HARD WORK & YOUR VERY SUPPORTIVE PARENTS GOT YOU TO THIS POINT. No matter who is coaching the high school team YOU & YOUR PARENTS deserve most of the credit for your accomplishments in golf. Bixby Schools have done a great service to you all in supporting your goals. Never forget that!

To those JV players working hard to be the next varsity team, DO NOT SLACK OFF! No matter how far we go This year, there is always a better year or greater accomplishments. Make that your goal!

You are all an important part of my life… Never forget that!

Coach Morrow

The Hawk Golf Camp

We have reached a deal with Whitehawk for a player’s camp May 30th – June 2nd.
This camp is not for beginning players but will be designed to enhance a player’s course management as well as improve swing mechanics.

Camp hours: 7:45 to 12:30.

The Camp offers players small group instruction, both on the course and on the range. The ratio of instructors to students is 5 to 1. This will allow for comprehensive swing mechanics, Chipping & putting instruction and playing experience. Instructors will be high school coaches, a PGA professional and college players.

Campers will have 2 hours a day of on course instruction and 2 hours a day of range and practice green instruction. A total of 16 hours actual instruction with 2 hours of rules instruction during an end of day lunch included in the camp cost.

Additionally, campers will receive a Spartan player’s pass for 10 rounds of golf & 10 buckets of range balls to be used at Whitehawk in the summer.

The is primarily intended for Junior high Level and Junior Varsity players.

The cost of the camp is $275. As space is limited to keep player/instructor ratios in line, a $100 deposit needs to be paid ASAP.

The course has to be paid for course use as well as the free golf rounds. If you consider the free golf has a value of around $200, the instruction cost is a bargain. Campers will hopefully use up their playing passes before June is over and we have an agreement with the course to sell us additional reduced green fees.

Week of 5/1 – 5/5

MONDAY 5/1
Boys Regional: Depart @ 7:00 for Bailey Ranch. Paired with Union, Norman & Sand Springs.

We Start on Hole #10. Addy @ 8:50 – Karsten @ 9:00 – Derrick @ 9:10 – Michael @ 9:20 – Kyle @ 9:30

GIRLS: (State line-up) Whitehawk on range. Putting/Chipping (Reno)

COMPLEX for all other players. (Coleman)
INCLUDES REST OF WEEK FOR NON STATE PLAYERS.

TUESDAY 5/2
GIRLS depart for Ponca City @ 8;30. Practice round at 11:30
State on Wed & Thurs. Staying at Hampton Inn on 14th Street.

BOYS qualifying for state to Whitehawk for range & putting work Tues & Wed.. Practice round Thurs @ Indian Springs and Friday @ Golf Club of Oklahoma.

Boys will depart for Stillwater Sunday 5/7. Time TBA after getting practice round schedule. State Tournament Monday & Tuesday. (5/8 & 5/9) We are staying at LaQuinta Inn.

All players not playing in State or the Monday Regional report to Complex every day.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS: Information & Updates

GIRLS – FOCUS ON GOLF FOR THE NEXT 12 DAYS (LIMIT DISTRACTIONS) – IT WILL PAY OFF
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WEDNESDAY 4/19 TOP 5 + JOSIE TO WHITEHAWK – CHIPPING & PUTTING UNTIL 4:30 – (COACH COLEMAN)

THURSDAY 4/20 HOME COURSE OR WHITEHAWK) PLAY FROM 150 IN – HIT MULTIPLE APPROACH SHOTS – NO EXCEPTI0NS

FRIDAY 4/21 PRACTICE ROUND @ THE LINKS Hit all shots & putt extra on each green if not holding up play.

Monday 4/24 GIRLS WILL GO TO B.A. GOLF & ATHLETIC CLUB AFTER SCHOOL FOR PRACTICE: Rides being worked out.

Tuesday 4/25 GIRLS EAST REGIONAL @ B.A. GOLF & ATHLETIC CLUB: Depart at 6:00 – 8:30 to 9:30 Start time.

Wednesday 4/26 LIGHT PRACTICE @ WHITEHAWK . (range & putting) GET CLASSWORK & MAKE-UP TESTS IN ORDER

Thursday 4/27 PRACTICE ROUND – TBA COURSE (Possibly SOUTHLAKES)

FRIDAY 4/28 LIGHT PRACTICE @ WHITEHAWK – (Chipping & Putting – Range Balls)

MONDAY 5/1 PRACTICE ROUND – COURSE TBA – (Likely SOUTHLAKES or WHITEHAWK)

TUESDAY 5/2 DEPART FOR PONCA CITY @ NOON – LIGHT PRACTICE AT PONCA COUNTRY CLUB

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY – STATE TOURNAMENT