Seminole — The Ada High girls golf team punched its ticket to the Class 4A State Tournament with a third-place finish at a regional tournament held Tuesday at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course in Seminole.
The host Lady Chieftains ran away with the regional title with a score of 379 followed by runner-up Harrah at 414. The Lady Cougars were a single stroke behind at 415 while Tuttle was left out at 416. The top three teams qualify for state.
“What a day! I knew going into the regional tournament that it would be very close and come down to us, Harrah and Tuttle. However, I didn’t expect it to be as close as it was,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “We visit often how one stroke can make a difference in winning and losing, and today was textbook.”
Ada leader Olivia Pruit won the individual regional championship with an 89, one stroke better than second-place Sabrina Tara of Seminole (90) and two strokes in front of Hallie Ward of Tuttle (91). Mierna McHugh of Seminole was fourth at 95.
“I’m so happy for Olivia because she was actually disappointed in the way she finished,” Anderson said. “She had a good start and first round, but had a few opportunities slip on the back nine. She could have easily folded, but stayed tough and because of that she was rewarded as individual champion.”
Other Ada scores included: Kendal Wilson, 114; Meredith McGill, 103; Rhyley Hagar, 109 and Taylor Durr, 115.
The tournament was held under very windy conditions.
“I’m so proud of the girls for their effort today because no average golfer would have paid to play in the windy conditions we had to compete in,” Anderson said.
The Lady Cougars will now travel to Oklahoma City next week for a Tuesday practice round and two 18-hole rounds on Wednesday and Thursday at Lake Hefner Golf Course. Last season the Lady Cougars finished seventh in the rain-shortened state tournament and only six strokes from a third-place finish.
“I’m excited for the girls because they reached the goal of making state.They have done everything I have asked them to do to get to this point,” Anderson said. “Now, we go compete against the best teams in the state and play with absolutely no pressure. Class 4A has some great teams and the competition will certainly be stiff. But once the tournament begins, anything can happen.”