Oklahoma Christian Academy — and Rylei and Ramsey Gunter — made good on their pre-season promise to the school’s first ever girls golf roster Wednesday afternoon when they finished runner-up in the Sapulpua girls regional.
Seventeen Class 2A schools sent fully-stocked girls teams to Sapulpa, and 30 schools overall were present after factoring in individual contestants.
Led by the Gunters — operating under the pre-season premise that they could get to state if a handful of girls would come out to be their teammates — the school will now see their first ever girls golf state tournament, just a year after hosting their first ever home football playoff game and their first qualifications to the girls Class A state basketball tournament.
Rylei Gunter finished third overall Wednesday afternoon, shooting a 79. Ramsey finished fifth with an 86, and Tresha Yager, Dericca Rogers, and Madi Jones rounded out the team in a 391-overall scorecared for the runner-up bid.
Oklahoma Christian Academy head girls coach Mikes Sons — who didn’t even know he’d coach golf at the school after taking the head basketball coaching vacancy last summer — was high on the Gunters, Yager, Rogers and Jones.
“They’ve not been playing golf long at all, but they are just athletes that can pull it off,” Sons said.
Though Rylei and Ramsey’s top-5 grabs did the heavy lifting Wednesday, Sons said that every member of the roster played an important role in the regional runner-up finish.
Notably to Sons, Yager milked a clutch birdie late Wednesday before finishing her final two holes well after good drives from the tee-box.
The team will play next week in the Class 2A girls golf state tournament, held at Cimarron National Golf Club’s Aqua Canyon golf course in Guthrie.