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Halfway through the Class 5A State Tournament, the Duncan girls golf team is right where it needs to be.
At the conclusion of Day One Wednesday at the Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club in Ardmore, the Lady Demons stood atop the rankings, currently sitting in first place with an team score of 337.
“We just battled all day. I told the girls that this tournament is a marathon and not a sprint and we were able to stay in the hunt,” Lady Demons coach Steve Ethridge said. “The weather is going to be a factor on the second day, so that’s just something we’re going to have to fight through.”
Leading the way for Duncan was Savannah Martin, who finished day one with a team-best score of 81. Finishing close behind were sophomore Whitney Hall and senior Alyson Wilcox, who each shot an 84.
Jerica Gregston finished with an 88 and Chelsea Harwell ended the first 18 holes with a score of 95.
“Alyson and Jerica did not play as well today as we need them to tomorrow, but they’re going to continue to battle on this tough course,” Ethridge said. “Our sophomores Savannah and Whitney really stepped up today and played some of their better golf this season.”
Ethridge said a key in Duncan finishing the day in first place was the struggles of one Deer Creek player, who finished with a 104.
“That was kind of an unexpected gift for us, and we were able to take advantage of that opportunity,” Ethridge said.
Close behind Duncan are second place Deer Creek with a team score of 342 and third place Durant with 344.
The final day of competition is scheduled to conclude today.