It’s not often you run into local competition at a state tournament.

It’s not often you run into local competition at a state tournament.

However, beginning today the Kingston Redskins and Sulphur Bulldogs boys golf teams will be in familiar company with one another.

KHS and SHS will be in the same group during the opening round of the 3A boys state golf tournament, which takes place from the Lincoln Park West Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

Kingston will begin this morning at 9:20 a.m. with Sulphur teeing off 20 minutes later. Both teams will begin from the first hole.

Sulphur will be represented at the state tournament by Freshman Dawson Padgett, Sophomore Mason Lance, Sophomore Hunter Mann, Junior Caleb Williams, Junior Jared Williams, along with head coach Chase Todd.

After missing out on the regional tournament by two strokes last season, members of the Bulldogs squad are hungry to prove they are back and a force to be contended with.

“It was disappointing last year missing regionals,” Bulldogs member Jared Williams said. “We’re looking forward to competing in the state tournament this year. I hope we just come out and play hard and just have fun with the experience.”

Teammate Mason Lance added the state tournament is proof that everyone’s hard work is paying off at this point in the season.

“It’s nice seeing hard work paying off with us going to the state tournament,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing with the best competition in the state. I’m just hoping we can play our best game out there.”

Kingston meanwhile, will be hungry to improve on a sixth place finish as a team last season at the state tournament.

“Playing in the state tournament is exciting because you get to compete against some of the best teams and golfers in the state,”KHS golfer Matthew O’Steen said. “I believe that we have a legit chance to win it all if we play to what we are capable of doing.”

Teammate Trey Keatts added this team is like family to him and he’s ready to go to battle with them.

“If we focus on all 54 holes we have a great shot of winning,” he said. “This year has been one to remember and we’ve all been putting in the extra hours to make this state tournament memorable.”

“This team is like family to me and we all have each others backs.”

RJ Weeks added no one on the team is satisfied with what they have accomplished thus far, and is hoping for more success this week.

“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to play in the state tournament,” he said. “We’ve worked all year to get to this point, but we’re not satisfied yet. I think we have the ability and the mindset to go out and be in contention. That’s the goal for us.”

While Ryan Capps has experience of playing at the state tournament the last two years, he said he’s ready to make some history this time around on the biggest stage.

“I’ve played there (state tournament) the last two years and I’ve done alright,” he said. “This year though we have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done in a while at Kingston and that’s win a state title. Our young guys have come through when we have needed them to this season, and I feel they are going to be a big key to our success this week.”

Head coach Clayton Hodges said he couldn’t be more proud of the body of work his group has put together over the last three years.

“I have been so proud of the time and effort these young men have invested into reaching the state tournament,” he said. “This is our third straight year, and we’re really excited to represent Kingston at the state tournament this week. We’ve got a young group, but our future is really bright.”