In order to build a tradition, one must have the tools necessary to be successful.

In order to build a tradition, one must have the tools necessary to be successful.

To say that Plainview boys golf coach Mike Dooney has built a proud legacy at PHS would be an understatement.

In the last two years alone, Plainview has finished as Class 3A state runner-up at the state tournament.

Add to it the fact the Indians the last two years have registered at least three players in the top-12 individual standings at the state tournament.

Perhaps the even more staggering statistic is Dooney has managed to build such a steep tradition in just his first two years in charge of the Indians boys golf program.

Because of his teams accomplishments from this season, it seemed an easy choice to name Coach Mike Dooney as the All-Ardmoreite Boys Golf Coach of the Year for the 2017 season.

“Talented players always make a coach look good,” Dooney said. “To be named as Coach of the Year is a great honor for me. My kids worked extremely hard and I’m fortunate enough to be able to reap the benefits of their hard work as a coach.”

“I feel so blessed and honored to have the opportunity to coach such quality kids on and off the course.”

During the regular season, the Indians were always a force to be reckoned with no matter who was on the course.

When they weren’t taking home the hardware as a team from tournaments, the Indians were always near the top of the leaderboard in the individual standings.

But when it mattered most the Indians took home the trophies which carried the most weight.

Plainview was crowned as not only the Lake Country Conference Champions this season, but also reclaimed the Regional Championship this season, with Hunter Sudberry being named as the individual regional champion.

At the state tournament from Oklahoma City, the Indians brought home the state runner-up trophy for the second year in a row.

But, as was the case all year long, the Indians individual names were scattered throughout the top of the leaderboard at the state finals.

Tyler Neher claimed fifth, Suberry finished seventh, Conner Kessler finished tied for 12th, with Saxon Ross and Patrick Clowe tied for 14th.

“You don’t become as talented as these kids are without hard work and dedication,” Dooney said. “I had boys coming to the golf course early and staying late. Something which really stands out to me is the closeness of this group. They are all best friends and always pulling for one another. It made for a really fun atmosphere to coach in all season long.”

“I looked forward to going to the golf course everyday, because it was just a fun group to be around,” Dooney added. “Golf is such an individual sport, but I feel these boys really made an effort to make it more about themselves as a group this year. The amount of hours these boys were around each other has made them more like brothers than friends or teammates.”