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April 6, 2014

Demon golfers to host own tourneys

DUNCAN — After a number of road tournaments, the Duncan golf teams will get to play in their hometown.

It starts Monday with the Southern Oklahoma Invitational girls tournament at The Territory. The next day, the boys host a tournament at the same golf course.

Then comes two tourneys at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club. The boys host the Justin “Moose” Crook Southern Oklahoma Invitational Thursday. Then, the Duncan girls host a state preview tournament April 14. Duncan Golf and Tennis Club hosts the Class 5A state girls tourney May 7-8.

The Duncan golf coaches are glad the kids will get the chance to play in Duncan.

“They always like to play in front of the people here,” said boys coach Lindy Welborn. “They like to show off for them.”

Girls coach Steve Etheridge added parents who might not get to attend road tournaments have a chance to see their children play.

Girls golfer Whitney Hall is looking forward to the home tourneys.

“It’s a lot of fun because we have lots of support in our own town,” she said. “We have family and friends who will get to come out and see. It’s a lot more friendly environment.”

The girls are coming off a first-place finish at a tournament Carl Albert hosted Thursday. The Lady Demons scored 337 and had three golfers place in the top six. Kayla Witt was first with 80, Savannah Martin second with 82, and Hall sixth with 86.

Etheridge was pleased with how the girls played. He expects a bigger test at Monday’s tournament, though, because Duncan will face three of the better Class 5A teams: Deer Creek, Ardmore and Durant. Add top 6A schools such as Tulsa Union and Mustang and the field at The Territory will be very competitive.

“There should be some low scores and some really good golf,” Etheridge said.

The boys tournaments will have strong fields as well, ranging from the three Lawton schools (Lawton High, Eisenhower and MacArthur) to Durant, Plainview and Elk City.

“Both will be good for us,” Welborn said. “I’m expecting we will play well at both of them.”

The Duncan golfers practiced at The Territory Friday. Some of the golfers spent time at the course on their own. Hall said the main focus is getting into the right mental frame.

“You have to have the right attitude and think that you are the best in order to play well,” she said.

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