Edmond North Golf: Dynasty Over, Memories Will Still Last

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A powerful group that maintains it's position for a considerable period of time.

If such a thing exists in the Oklahoma sports world, Edmond North golf embodies it.

Coming into this spring, Jeff Doherty's team won ten straight state titles, an unprecedented feat in their sport.

"It almost became surreal in a sense that I'd kind of forget about it and then someone would say 'You guys have won ten in a row,' and then I'd go, 'Wow, we have,'" said Jeff Doherty, head Edmond North golf coach.  "Every time someone mentions it to me it's just an amazing feat."

The Huskies are led by Austin Eckroat, who's already committed to college golf power OSU as just a sophomore.

Eckroat says simply having Edmond North gear on has its advantages when stepping on the tee box.

"I like it whenever everyone knows who we are," Eckroat said.  "I guess it's kind of an intimidation factor that we have against everybody else.  I don't think it adds any pressure.  I think it actually takes a little bit off of it because we know we're better than everybody."

After losing four players to golf scholarships out of their five last year the puts didn't quite drop like before this last week.

As the Huskies took a rare third place finish at state.

After running the greens for ten years Doherty says it's hard to be bummed out.

"We're upset because we've set our goals so high, but I'm not upset at the hard work and the kind of kids they are," Doherty said.  "And ten years is just, I hate to see it go but it was a blast."

Through out Edmond North's decade of dominance Doherty says there hasn't been one driving force or motto that pushed his team to success outside good old-fashioned hard work.

The Huskies head coach says his team is so determined that some nights he basically has to push them off the putting greens and send them home.

"These kids it's like, 'Hey boys, you mind if I go home?  My wife has food on the table it's nine o'clock at night,'" Doherty said.

Graduating senior Rhett Bechtel had to wait until his senior year to play for North.

Bechtel says aside from North's numerous accomplishments on the course the little moments with Doherty and his teammates is what will last.

"Some of my best moments in high school have been with him and just cracking jokes and stuff like that," said Bechtel, a Southern Nazerene golf signee.  "In the car or eating.  I mean eating with the team is always a blast and, like, the best moments.  It's been really fun."

"They're disappointed about the state championship, but they'll never forget about the fun times that we had," Doherty said.  "I think when it comes down to it, that's probably the most important part of my relationship with them and there's with me.  I treat them fair.  I give them fair chances and we go have a lot of fun besides winning golf tournaments."


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