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.