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The Duncan girls golf team will be home for state and the golfers are excited.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever got to host,” said senior Chelsea Harwell. “I really want to go out, play really well and achieve what we want.
“I know I want to be shooting my best score.”
The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club will be the site for the Class 5A state girls tournament Wednesday and Thursday. Juniors Whitney Hall and Kayla Witt said the knowledge the Demons have about the course should benefit them.
“This is a course we play a lot,” Hall said, “and a lot of family members can come out and watch.”
Harwell added, “We don’t have to sleep in a motel.”
Coach Steve Etheridge is just as excited, but expects a close race for first. He considers Deer Creek, Ardmore and Durant to be alongside the Demons as the best teams. Those three schools have also played the course during the state preview tournament April 14.
“It’s just going to be a matter of who makes the shots and who puts the ball in the hole first,” he said.
At regionals earlier this week, Duncan took second behind Ardmore. Etheridge said, while the Demons are not playing as well as they want to be, they had a good showing at regionals despite windy conditions. He just wants the golfers to work on what they can control.
“We’re leaving shots out on the course and missing makeable putts,” he said. “One area where we need to get things turned around is the putting green.”
Hall noted that Ardmore, Deer Creek and Durant each have girls who can score low, so it will be important for every Duncan golfer to play her best.
“If someone is having a bad round, we need to pick it up in the fourth or fifth spot,” she said. “We need to stay focused and try our best both days.”
Witt said it will help the Demons to improve their mental game. She said that is something Deer Creek, Ardmore and Durant are good at.
“We want to try to work through the mistakes, compete and not let it get to us,” she said.
Harwell agreed that the Demons can’t let bad shots or holes get to them.
“We just need to let it go, move on to the next hole and have fun,” she said. “It’s my last year and I want us to do well, but I want us to have fun together.”