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Class 2A state golf notebook: Velma-Alma senior Rebecca Humphreys keeps playing despite cast

Velma-Alma senior Rebecca Humphreys was playing golf Tuesday at the Class 2A girls golf state championship at Trosper Park with a cast on one hand. Humphreys broke a bone in her wrist during basketball season but didn’t know it until she started swinging a golf club.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 7, 2014
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photo - Katie Goodwin of Riverfield Country Day holds the pin flag as Mikera Morris of Dibble putts during the 2014 Class 2A girls' golf state championship tournament  Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Trosper Golf Course in Del City.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Katie Goodwin of Riverfield Country Day holds the pin flag as Mikera Morris of Dibble putts during the 2014 Class 2A girls' golf state championship tournament Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Trosper Golf Course in Del City. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Velma-Alma senior Rebecca Humphreys was playing golf Wednesday at the Class 2A girls golf state championship at Trosper Park with a cast on one hand.

Humphreys broke a bone in her wrist during basketball season but didn’t know it until she started swinging a golf club.

“It took me a couple of months to find out it was actually shattered,” Humphreys said. “Once I started my golf swing and popping my wrist back, it started swelling and bruising. I realized something was really wrong. That’s when I went to the doctor.”

At first, Humphreys had to wear a cast above her elbow, but Velma-Alma didn’t have enough players for a golf team without her. So Humphreys would hit off the tee one-handed and started using a belly putter on the greens.

A month ago, the cast was repositioned below the elbow so Humphreys could at least use her hand to help guide her driver. Humphreys has been able to shave off almost 25 strokes since first wearing the cast.

“I’m happy the way I’ve been playing,” she said. “At the qualifier I shot a 120. At the regional I shot a 110. Today (Wednesday) I shot a 96.”

Before the wrist injury, Humphreys normally would shoot in the mid-80s. Velma-Alma qualified as a team for the first time to the state tournament this year.

“I wanted to come out (and play golf) so we would have a shot (at the state tournament),” Humphreys said. “We ended up making it so it paid off.”

EAGLES HAVE LANDED

Two golfers shot eagles on Wednesday. Kaylee Peterson of Chisholm had an eagle on the par 4 No. 10 while Aubrey Jordan of Latta scored an eagle on the par 5 No. 12.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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