Katie-Lee Wilson of Rejoice Christian posted an impressive round of two-over-par 72 Thursday at Trosper Park then had to wait in the clubhouse to see if she was going to be the Class 2A girls state champion.
Wilson entered Thursday's final round two strokes behind defending state champion Kailey Campbell of Oktaha and one stroke ahead of two-time state runner-up Maci Arrington of Hinton. Both were playing with Turner's Tess Hartog on Thursday and behind Wilson.
“I head a lot of rumors,” Wilson said. “They were three over, they were seven over. Everybody told me something different. I just had to wait.”
Finally, when the other contenders turned in their scores, Wilson learned that she had indeed won the state 2A championship with a two-round total of 147, two strokes ahead of Arrington, who finished as state runner-up for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Hinton overcame a 21-stroke deficit entering Thursday's play to capture its first 2A girls team state championship in golf, besting three-time defending champion Oktaha by three strokes. The Comets had finished second to Oktaha the last two years.
“Maybe you are not supposed to win four in a row,” said Oktaha coach Chester Pittman, who brought only four girls to the state tournament. “It was close anyway.”
Although Wilson had faced Campbell and Arrington before in summer tournaments, she was competing against them for the first time in the state high school tournament.
Rejoice Christian, which is located in Owasso, was a three-time state champ in the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletics Association. The school joined the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association this season to face better competition. Wilson said Thursday's win means more than her other titles because of her opponents.
“Being in the Christian League, I won by, I don't remember exactly, probably by 20 strokes or something like that,” Wilson said. “There is some tough competition over here with Maci and Kailey being in 2A. They definitely push me. To beat both of them, that means a lot. They are both great players.”
Wilson's round of 72 on Thursday was the best in the two-day tournament on the south Oklahoma City golf course.
“I hit a lot of fairways today,” Wilson said. “I hit a lot of greens in regulation. Putts weren't following at first but then they started to. I had some great up and downs and just hit the ball really well.”
Campbell shot a tournament-leading 73 during Wednesday's opening round but fell to third after her round of 79 on Thursday.
“Today I didn't putt really well,” she said. “I didn't make as many as I should of. It's not the best day but it's just one day.”
Wilson, Arrington and Campbell are all juniors and likely will be battling again next season for the state championship.