DUNCAN — For a school that produced the likes of the Selmon brothers and J.C. Watts, it's ironic that Eufaula's first state championship would be won by a group of female golfers.
“There have been a lot of athletes that have come through Eufaula and no state championships,” said Eufaula golf coach Bill Bumgarner. “We've had a bunch of runners-up. I am real proud of what these girls have accomplished.”
The Ironheads finished 20 strokes ahead of Henryetta to win the Class 3A girls golf title Thursday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
“I think that is pretty awesome that it wasn't any boys,” said the Ironheads' Faith Lasiter of the school's first state championship. “I am so excited that it was us.”
In the individual competition, Ali White of Idabel won the state crown, finishing two strokes ahead of Lasiter. The two entered Thursday's final 18 holes tied for the lead with Morgan Brown of Henryetta. Brown finished third, three strokes behind White.
Eufaula won six tournaments this season counting the regional and state golf championships. The Ironheads turned out to be better than anyone expected at the beginning of the season.
“We weren't on anybody's radar,” Bumgarner said. “I knew we were going to be something special, but I didn't think it was going to be this special.”
In addition to Lasiter's second place finish, Melissa Eldredge finished fourth for the Ironheads.
“It means so much because it's for our town,” Eldredge said of the state title.
White was Idabel's second straight individual champion. Madelyn Lehr captured the crown last year as a sophomore, but this year she was the team's No. 2 behind White, who also is a junior. Lehr finished eighth this year, 20 strokes behind her teammate.
White shot an 80 on Wednesday and an 83 in Thursday's brutal winterlike weather.
“I had a few bad holes so I really wouldn't be that proud of (Thursday's) round, but I definitely think it's a good score for the conditions,” she said.