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The playing conditions in the final round of the Class 3A State Tournament were far from ideal, but that was not enough to stop the Comanche girls golf team from notching its third straight top five finish at state Thursday.
Enduring heavy winds and cold temperatures at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, the Lady Indians finished tied with Byng for fourth with a score of 791.
Leading the way for the Lady Indians was Emilee White, who followed up an 84 on day one with another strong performance, shooting a 92 for a total of 176. With many other competitors falling behind because of the weather, White moved up from fifth place to finish in third.
“I knew before the tournament that the weather could play a role in my final score, but mentally all you can do is go out and play,” White said. “That’s something we had talked about as a team before playing.”
Also instrumental in the fourth place finish for Comanche were Davrey Carter with a 198, Jenny Simpson’s score of 210, Brittany Doucet’s 221 and Baylee Fulford shooting a 223.
The team finished behind champion Eufaula and runner up Henryetta.
Marlow also found success at state with Avery Walker and Alex Stephens competing as individuals.
Walker finished 19th overall and second out of all players whose team did not qualify for state with a 187, shooting a 90 day one and a 97 day two, and Stephens shot a 108 Thursday to finish with a 204.
Before play began at the tournament, rainy conditions had set the starting tee times an hour and a half.
The fourth place finish comes on the heels of two consecutive state championships for Comanche the previous two seasons.