Duncan golf

Duncan's Morgan Totty lines up a putt earlier this season.

There will be an insurgence of golfers converging on Duncan, as the Lady Demons and Demons are set to host the Southern Oklahoma Invitational on Thursday.

The tournament was originally scheduled for April 3, but had to be pushed back when rain took out three bridges on The Territory course.

The Lady Demons were to welcome in 27 teams and around 145 players to The Territory at 9 a.m. Thursday, but some schools will not be able to make the make-up.

For the Lady Demons, the tournament brings in the top talent from across the state. State champions from last year from Tulsa Bishop Kelley and Plainview, along with Edmond Memorial, Edmond Sante Fe, Norman High, Norman North, Purcell and Marlow will also take to The Territory course.

“It’s going to be the toughest field in the state of Oklahoma,” Duncan head coach Chuck Croy said. “This is like the tournament of champions.”

The field will have to deal with slow play throughout the tournament, because of the large number of golfers participating. They will hit the course in foursomes, instead of the customary threesome format.

“It will be extremely slow,” Croy said. “Their patience will be tested. It will be a long day.”

The tournament will give teams from Class 5A the opportunity to practice for the state tournament that will be played at The Territory. It will also give the Lady Demons, who are one of the favorites for the state title, the opportunity to see where they stand with the state’s best.

“It helps us to see where we are with the best teams, regardless of class size,” Croy said. “It will give us a gauge, and will be a challenge.”

The course will be set up to allow for a competitive event.

“They will have an opportunity to score,” Croy said. “We just want them to have a good time. The Territory is a type of course that they don’t get to play too often. It’s one of the most challenging courses that we’ll play all year.”

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