The Edmond Sun
When the going got tough, the Lady Antlers of Deer Creek got going in the Class 5A state golf tournament at Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore Thursday.
On Wednesday, in the basking rays of the sun, Duncan ho-hummed it to a 5-stroke lead after the first round.
But when the nasty cold front plastered the state with sideways rain, Deer Creek took charge and romped past Duncan to win the team state championship by 10 shots.
Antler Caroline Goodin got outdueled by Durant freshman Sydney Youngblood for the individual title. Youngblood (71-76—147) cleared Goodin (76-78—154) by seven strokes but Goodin and teammate Haley Hill (79-83—182), who placed fifth, were awarded All-State honors for placing in the top five at state.
Fellow Antler Emily Folsom was not far behind, winding up seventh with an 85-82—167. Allison Mee (104-91) and Emma Conrad (102-96) rounded out Deer Creek’s individuals.
The Lady Antlers as a team wound up with a 342-334—676 to Duncan’s 337-349—686 to win the gold.
At River Oaks, the 6A tourney was cut off after Wednesday’s rounds and only certain playoffs were allowed to play in the rainy conditions on Thursday.
“We were looking at the weather report last week and told the coaches that it could be a one-day tournament,” said tournament site host Bill Bays. “But under rule, we are obligated to break individual ties.”
Through 14 holes in the 6A state golf tournament at River Oaks Country Club on Wednesday, Edmond North’s Allison Sell and Edmond Santa Fe’s Brinn Fariss were within striking distance of Tulsa Union’s Marla Souvannasing, but the Lady Redskin pulled away in deep stretch en route to a commanding gold-medal finish with a 70, five strokes clear of second-place finisher and teammate, Anna Kim.
Sell, the 2012 state champion, finished with a respectable 78 for ninth place, while the sophomore Fariss bottled up 10th with the identical score.
Other local golfers placing in the top 30 included Santa Fe’s Ashley Moore (81, 18th), Edmond Memorial’s Caitlin Wilguess (83, 25th) and North’s Jordyn Altenberg (83, 26th).
From ideal weather in the opening round on Wednesday, all golf was stopped on Thursday except for individual playoff purposes due to wintry conditions. Therefore all team scores from Wednesday were finalized and the final 18 individual holes were wiped out as well.
Tulsa Union also won the team championship — it’s third in three years — with a 296. Broken Arrow finished second (313) while Edmond North was sixth (340), Edmond Santa Fe eighth (352) and Edmond Memorial 12th (370).
In round one play, Fariss, the No. 1 player for the Lady Wolves, was paired with the eventual state champion Souvannasing.
“She’s (Fariss) having a really good, solid day staying right with Tulsa Union (No. 1 player Souvannasing),” Santa Fe skipper Glen Gateley said at the tournament.
Fariss, only a sophomore, is coming off a regional individual championship with a blistering 67 at Westwood Golf Course in Norman.
She kept pace Tuesday with par saves, chipping back into the fairway and scrambling to stay away from bogeys.
Santa Fe will have four returning starters back next spring along with sophomore Jobi Heath, who tore her ACL in the basketball state tournament.
“Tulsa Union is really solid,” Gateley said. “They’re the team to beat but with her (Heath) coming back and the other four returnees (Fariss, Moore, Cayla Clouse and Brooke Watson) we should cut off numerous strokes as a team.”
For Sell, the Lady Husky did not have a birdie until the 14th hole of play, when she missed just right of the flag on her approach shot from inside 150 yards. Going downhill, Sell put on the perfect touch as the ball just crawled in to get back to 4-over.
North won the 6A regional at Westwood.
“It was a good time for everyone’s game to come around,” stated North coach Audra Smalley. “It’s good anytime you have three girls get in the 70s.”
Maddie Herron shot a 75 to lead the Huskies in Norman while Altenberg and Sell also shot below 80 and were in the top 10.
Edmond North also won the Metro Athletic Conference title at Lake Hefner with Sell (77) winning the bronze Altenberg (79) coming in fourth and Herron (85) in seventh.
During this season, Memorial’s Wilguess and Kayla Olivero each recorded eagles for the first time.