Hinton's Maci Arrington is in contention yet again at the Class 2A state golf tournament. The senior, and three time state runner-up, posted an opening-round 75 at Trosper Park on Wednesday. She sits just one stroke behind leader Katie-Lee Wilson of Rejoice Christian.
“I had a couple mistakes, but overall I felt good about how I played today,” Arrington said. “It's been really frustrating to come up short the last few years. That's definitely been my drive this year.”
Wilson is the defending 2A champion after finishing two strokes ahead of Arrington last season.
Kailey Campbell of Oktaha is in third after shooting a 76.
HINTON LEADS CLOSE TEAM RACE
The team race is a close one after one round, with defending champion Hinton (361) holding a one-stroke lead over Oktaha (362).
Like the individual competition, the team leaderboard also has a couple familiar names at top. Last year, Oktaha held a 23-stroke lead after one round only to see Hinton storm back in Round 2 and claim the state title by three strokes.
“We are excited to come out tomorrow ready to play,” Hinton coach Greg George said. “The weather isn't supposed to be great for us, but we're used to that. We've been dealing with it all season.”
BUSY WEEK FOR TURNER'S MCGILL
Turner's Andi McGill played in her second state tournament in as many days on Wednesday. McGill played for the Turner softball team one day earlier in the Class 2A state slowpitch softball tournament.
“I came up here (Oklahoma City) on Monday and played a practice round, then played with my softball team yesterday and now back to golf today.” McGill said. “It's just the benefit of playing at a small school. I love playing everything I can, so I'm glad I get these opportunities.”
After struggling to qualify for the tournament last week, McGill shot an 81 on Wednesday. She sits in fourth place, seven shots off the lead.
“I was lucky to even make it here,” she said. “Today felt a lot better than last week.”
OPINION SPLIT ON COURSE DISTANCE
The decision to play from the silver tees rather than the shorter red tees was a hot topic on Wednesday at Trosper Gold Course. Most girls' tournaments are played from the red tees during the regular season.
“It's punishing the girls because they just aren't used to this distance,” Ketchum coach Sam Fairchild said. “We all complained when they did this last year. It bothers me to see that what the coaches think doesn't matter.”
Not every coach saw a problem with the change.
“They are all playing the same course,” Nowata coach Bob Berry said. “Moving it back makes it more of an honest game for the good players. They need that.”
At Trosper, the red tees make for a 4,676-yard course, while the silver tees put the course at 5,235 yards.