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July 30, 2013

Wilcox, White team up as All-Staters

DUNCAN — Facing the best high school golfers in the state is nothing new for Duncan’s Allyson Wilcox and Comanche’s Emilee White, and it showed Monday morning.

As members of the All-State West Team Monday at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa, the duo from Stephens County teamed up to defeat two players from the East squad in 18 holes that featured three different styles of play.

“I’m just really fortunate to have the chance to play here. I’m thankful for coach [Sean] Hushbeck and my parents helping me get to this point,” White said. “It’s an honor to be one of the only players from Comanche to be All-State.”

Starting on the tenth hole, the pair spent the first six holes playing in a scramble. Wilcox and White, who have become close through their time playing against one another but had never teamed up, won the scramble to gain the first point.

The duo continued its success in the following six holes, where they played fourball. Though White said that was the pair’s toughest six holes, they were able to win that part of the competition as well.

Rounding out the day were six holes of golf where the two players from each team alternated shots. When it was all set and done, the pair claimed a 3.5 to .5 victory.

Wilcox thrived from the start, shooting a 71 for the day and finishing as a third place medalist.

“She played really well,” Duncan coach Steve Ethridge said. “Overall, she just performed as well as any time in her career.”

Despite the victory from Wilcox and White, the East had the last laugh, beating the West 14-10 on the girls side and beating out the West 31.5-16.5 overall between the boys and girls matches.

Comanche head coach Sean Hushbeck said White and Wilcox each benefited from playing together.

“It was a great thing that they were paired together. A lot of the girls who didn’t know each other didn’t do this, but they were constantly helping each other out and giving each other advice.”

While it may have been the final tournament of their high school careers, both Wilcox and White will continue their time on the course at the collegiate level. Wilcox will play for Central Oklahoma while White will compete for Southern Nazarene University in the fall.

 

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