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September 23, 2013

Women’s golfers gather in Duncan for popular event

DUNCAN — Forty-eight women golfers from around the state tee off at 1 p.m. today in the 27th annual Dunk N’ Divot two-person, two-day scramble at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

Started in 1987 by the late Jarita Askins with help from Glenna Lasater, Pat Carver and Beth Liles, the tournament has been one of the state’s most popular women’s events and remains the highlight of the year locally.

“It’s the ladies’ equivalent of our Memorial Day Blowout and Labor Day Invitational tournaments.” PGA pro and DGTC general manager Mike Hansen said. “It should be a great tournament. Our weather forecast is fantastic, our field is a good one and the course is in great shape.”

Play will be from the 5,125-yard tees with a par 72.

Today’s afternoon round will be followed by a dinner. The second round is scheduled Wednesday morning.

The tournament has a rich and distinguished heritage.

“It was all Jarita’s idea,” Lasater said.  “We had lots of fun every year and it became both a tournament and a social affair. We used to perform skits that Jarita wrote at the dinners and sing songs that Jarita re-wrote.

“One year, we had 72 teams or 144 players in the field. Jarita wouldn’t turn anyone away, but that was one long afternoon.”

Askins, in whose name scholarships through the Women’s Golf Association of Oklahoma have been established by tournament organizers, was known statewide as a player and supporter.

She won three state seniors’ championships and was inducted into the state’s inaugural Women’s Golf Hall of Fame class in 2005. The Jarita Askins Service Award is presented annually to an Oklahoma golfer for her contributions to the game and the state association.

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