With a wind chill below freezing and gusts almost 40 mph, the story on Thursday's final round was the weather.
In addition to the cold, the round was delayed for 90 minutes by rain.
Hand warmers were a very popular item. Ashton Johnson of Byng even put them in her shoes to keep her feet warm.
She also drew a happy face on her golf balls that she would see each time she marked a ball to distract her from the cold.
“Just trying to stay positive,” she said.
COFFEE BREAK BY NO. 13
The most popular hole on the Duncan Golf Course Thursday was No. 13. That's because the 13th green was near a Braum's store.
“The green is probably 40 paces from the back door of Braum's,” said Byng coach Matt Fike.
Many parents of the golfers were making the trip to Braum's for coffee and hot chocolate for themselves and the players.
WHITE STAYED FOCUSED IN THE COLD
Ali White of Idabel, who won the individual state championship, credited her win to her mental approach on Thursday.
“I think I had a good mental game today,” she said. “I held it together when I was cold and hit a few bad shots.”
White said it was cold during the regional golf championships, but Thursday “was a new level of cold. The wind blew a lot harder here.”
PLAYING FOR DAD, LITERALLY
White's dad, Mike White, is the Idabel golf coach. She said it can be challenging playing for your dad.
“It's interesting playing for my dad because it's just a lot of pressure when your parent is following you around telling you how to play,” she said.
PLAYING FOR THE TEAM
Faith Lasiter of Eufaula and White are close friends. Lasiter finished two strokes behind White.
“If I lost to anybody I wanted it to be Ali,” Lasiter said. “It wasn't just like I gave up it altogether. I played my heart out. I had a few bad holes and we went back and forth all day.”
The disappointment of Lasiter finishing second was lessened by Eufaula winning the team championship.
“I wanted to do good individually but it was all about the team,” she said.
BEST IN THE CLASSROOM
Dickson's girls golf team was the state academic champion with a 3.92 grade-point average.