The Ada High School girls golf team followed a third-place showing at the Turner Invitational by repeating as champion at the Atoka Invitational.
The Lady Cougars shot a team score of 387 to claim the Atoka title and become back-to-back champions. The tournament was hosted by the Atoka Trails Golf Course, which Ada lead coach Ron Anderson said was in tip-top shape.
“I’m really happy for the girls to take home the first-place trophy,” said Anderson. “(Tournament director) Darrell Cochran does an outstanding job with running the tournament and keeping the course in good shape.”
Tishomingo was next, 12 strokes behind the Ada girls at 399. Durant’s junior varsity squad was third at 403, followed by Stratford — coached by James Martin — at 434.
“Besides us winning the tournament, I was very impressed with Stratford. They really competed, and coach Martin does a great job with those girls,” Anderson said.
Ada’s Hannah Price and Durant’s Chloe McKinney both shot identical scores of 89 to finish atop the individual leaderboard. McKinney was awarded the medalist award after a scorecard playoff.
The Lady Cougars had two other players take home medals. Taylor Durr finished fourth with a 93, and Meredith McGill carded a 99 to finish ninth.
Other Ada scores included Lauren John with a 106 and Lakshana Ramakrishnan at 115.
Two other local players placed in the top 10. Mallory Humphreys of Coalgate shot a 93 and finished fifth, while Jacy Korzan of Stratford was sixth at 95.
Other Stratford scores included Lexi Qualls at 107, Khloe Kimbreu at 113, Ashton Harrison at 119 and Ashlie Wood at 132.
Latta had three individuals compete in the tournament. Sage Counts led the way with a 108, followed by freshmen Hayley Williams (125) and Caroline Skaggs (136).
The Lady Cougars were a late entry to the Turner tournament, hosted by Falconhead Resort & Country Club in Burneyville, after the McAlester Tournament (slated for April 3) was rained out.
Lone Grove won the team title with a 374, followed by Pauls Valley at 386 and Ada at 391. Host Turner was a stroke behind the Lady Cougars with a 392.
“I actually had no intentions of making up the McAlester Tournament, but the girls really wanted to play,” Anderson said. “The OSSAA allows each school to participate in only seven tournaments that require missing school. Turner, with a small field, allowed us to participate with short notice.”
Falconhead is a private resort located just minutes from the Texas state line, just west of Marietta.
“The course, especially the greens, was in very good condition for this time of year and the weather was also cooperative,” Anderson said.
Tracy McGill of Turner shot an 81 on her home course to win medalist honors. Ada was paced again by Hannah Price, who carded an 89 total to take fifth place.
Other Ada scores included Taylor Durr with a 99, Lauren John with a 100 and Lakshana Ramakrishnan with a 103.
“I was pretty happy with the outcome, and we got an early look at one team (Pauls Valley) we’ll compete against at the regional tournament,” Anderson said.
Ada’s 4A Regional, scheduled for April 25 at the Jimmie Austion Golf Course in Seminole, includes Broken Bow, Harrah, Madill, Pauls Valley, Plainview, Seminole, Tecumseh and Tuttle.
“Plainview is in the Seminole regional, so everyone else will be playing for second place,” Anderson said. “Broken Bow will be the other team to watch out for at regionals.”