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In its final test before today’s regional tournament, the Duncan girls golf team passed with flying colors Monday.
The Lady Demons finished the first 18 holes tied with Deer Creek for first, but fell in a playoff to the Antlers to finish in second at the Regional Preview in El Reno.
“This should give us a lot of confidence heading into tomorrow,” Lady Demons Steve Ethridge said. “Deer Creek is the top team competing at regionals, and they now know that if we play our best, we can play with him.”
Leading the way for Duncan was Allyson Wilcox, who like her team finished 18 holes tied for first but fell in a playoff. Wilcox shot a 76 before falling to a player from Macarthur on the playoff’s first hole.
Jerica Gregston finished as the only other Duncan golfer to place, taking fourth with a score of 82.
“Allyson and Jerica played really well today,” Ethridge said. “We’re going to need them to continue to play well tomorrow at regionals.”
Also instrumental to the runner up finish were Savannah Martin with a score of 86 and Chelsea Hartwell, who shot a 91.
After shooting an 81 and 82 in her previous two tournaments, Duncan’s Whitney Hall struggled at the preview, completing the tournament with a 97.
Next up for Duncan is its most important competition to date: today’s regional tournament.
Out of the twelve teams competing, six will advance on to the state tournament in Ardmore.
Ethridge said Duncan’s top competition will once again come from Deer Creek, with Macarthur and Ardmore serving as two other teams to watch.
“We have to play our best golf if we want to beat Deer Creek, they’re the team to beat,” Ethridge said. “The good thing is, we’re playing well at the right time.”