The Duncan Banner

April 15, 2014

Weather makes things tough at state preview

Bob Morris
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.

Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.

“We knew everybody’s scores were going to be elevated because of the conditions,” Etheridge said. “It was a battle of willpower just to get through it.”

Deer Creek won the tournament with 368. Duncan and Ardmore each scored 385, with Ardmore winning a scorecard playoff for second. The three teams are considered to be the top Class 5A girls golf teams.

Duncan’s Whitney Hall took third with 87 and teammate Kayla Witt was fifth with 92. Etheridge said their scores, and everyone else’s, were not indicative of how good they can play.

“If we have better weather next time, everyone will score better,” he said.

The cold weather wasn’t ideal, but teams got to see what the course is like. That will help every team when the state tournament arrives, Etheridge said.

Duncan’s girls will next head to Edmond Wednesday for a tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe.