Last year Turner didn’t have enough girls to field a golf team. This year the Falcons are state champions.
Freshman Tracy McGill joined her two senior twin sisters, Perri and Andi, on the team this season and shot the best rounds of her life Wednesday and Thursday on the Trosper Golf Course in the Class 2A girls state golf tournament.
“When we started the year we thought we were going to compete for the state championship,” Turner coach Steve Short said. “Our question mark was the freshman. After today and seeing what she scored, she’s not a question mark anymore.”
The Falcons cruised to their first state championship in girls golf, finishing 36 strokes ahead of runner-up Mooreland. Turner’s boys golf team won a state championship in 2004.
Turner’s four-person squad of the McGill sisters and junior Shelby O’Dell posted a two-day team score of 630.
“I think that is probably a state record in 2A for a two-day score,” Short said. “That score would probably beat most 4As and 5As.”
Tracy shot a 76 Thursday, including a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 2. Her sister, Perri, also shot a 76 Thursday and had a two-day total of 150 to finish fourth in the individual race, four strokes behind 2A champion Shelbie Black of Nowata.
Black, a senior, posted the best scores both Wednesday and Thursday — a 2-over-par 72 and 4-over-par 74 — to become Nowata’s first individual state champion in golf.
She finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Addison Losornio of Claremore Christian. Kate Goodwin of Riverfield was third, finishing three shots behind Black.
“I had a double bogey on one hole and I thought I was done,” said Black, who finished fifth in the state tournament last year.
“I thought there was no coming back. Then I made a bogey after that, but then I made a birdie. You got to stay with it and have a good attitude.”
Andi McGill said when Tracy joined the team this season, she and Perri were just hoping that Tracy could shoot rounds in the 90s. If Tracy did that, they knew the Falcons could win a state championship, Andi said.
“We didn’t expect her to play so well,” Andi said. “She surpassed our expectations. ... I have always played with Perri. Sharing something with her, that’s familiar. To be able to share this with Tracy, too, is really special.”