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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Wilkins wins individual title in playoff

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  • DUNCAN — Trae Wilkins could barely contain his disgust.
    The Plainview senior, clutching a one-stroke lead at the Class 3A state tournament in Duncan, was a short putt on the 18th green from earning state medalist honors.
    Instead, his putt came up just short, giving him a bogey and sliding him into a tie with Oklahoma Christian School star Zac Schaefer.
    "I was so frustrated with myself," Wilkins said. "All I had to do was two-putt to win."
    Wilkins missed his first chance at history. He didn't miss the second.
    Faced with a similar opportunity on the third hole of the ensuing sudden death playoff, Wilkins drained his birdie putt to capture top individual honors and finish his senior year as the best golfer in 3A.
    "Oh my gosh, when I made that last putt it was amazing," Wilkins said. "All that work, everything I did, it was worth it for this right here."
    Wilkins carded a 70-75-72 for an aggregate of 217, tied with Schaefer and four strokes better than the nearest competitor.
    It was a fitting end to the season for the senior, one of the leaders of a Plainview team that ended a dominant late run as team champions at the event.
    "It could not happen to a better kid," Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. "My heart is truly happy for him and he it couldn't have happened in a better way."
    With the entire tournament crowd glued in pursuit, Wilkins and Schaefer each parred the first two holes before crushing mammoth drives on No. 3 that left approach shots of around 60 yards for each.
    Schaefer left his wedge shot just off the green, while Wilkins took an aggressive angle that rolled just about pin-high.
    With the putt of just over two feet left, his stroke was pure and the resultant joy exuberant, as teammates, friends and family poured onto the green to offer congratulations.
    Teammate and fellow senior Haden Coffey, who will join Wilkins at Murray State next year on a golf scholarship, was one of the first to congratulate a teammate and friend he has grown up beside.
    "I'm proud of Trey, he's been my best friend since day 1," Coffey said. "I told him coming into this that I wanted one of us to win it and he got the job done."
    Wilkins will leave Plainview as an All-State honoree, team state champion and future collegiate golfer.
    And, thanks to a little late magic, a state medalist.
    "Signed, sealed and delivered, case closed, he earned it," Bloodworth said.
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