Durant High School’s girls golf team shook off some tough conditions to place fourth in the Class 5A state preview tournament this week at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City.
The defending state champion Lady Lions posted a team score of 358 in the “Maxwell” tournament format, placing behind Duncan, Collinsville and Bishop McGuinness in the team standings.
Blayne Barker led the way for Durant, carding an 87 despite the difficult conditions. Senior Paige Clinton notched a 92 with Abbey Hunt right behind her with a 93.
Chloe McKinney posted a 100 and Skyler McKaughen ended with a 108.
It was the Lady Lions’ highest scores of the season but they still placed fourth against most of the same teams they would be paired with during the state event. It was also the team’s first look at the state course, which should better prepare them for their next encounter.
“We managed to state dry playing in the preview event for the state tournament,” DHS head coach Tanner Dupree said. “We kind of went in blind as a team since none of us had been on the course previously. I like the way it sets up though for our ability to play tee to green. We took some risks that we might not normally take just to see how certain holes would play.
“Overall I thought we hit the ball well but lost too many shots on the greens and to penalties. Those are things we can and will clean up prior to the state tournament. Even though it was our highest score of the season it was also encouraging because only three teams still finished ahead of us. We took plenty of notes and will no doubt be better prepared for the course in two weeks.”
Next up for the Lady Lions is the Regional Tournament next week at Owasso Golf and Athletic Club.
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