With just a few holes remaining, Weatherford's Darby Morgan thought she had a chance to turn in a really special round Wednesday.
But the senior bogeyed four consecutive holes in her final five to finish with a 74 in the first round of the Class 4A state golf tournament at Lake Hefner South.
“I played pretty good, but it could've been better,” Morgan said. “I made some really good putts that helped me out, and I was hitting my driver well.”
No putt was bigger than the 30-plus footer she hit from off the green on the second hole (her 11th hole of the round).
The double-breaking putt put her in control.
Even with the rough finish, though, Morgan is still in great position entering Thursday's second round.
She's tied with Poteau's Hannah Ward for the lead. Clinton's Paige Neidy is two shots behind.
Morgan qualified as an individual for the fourth consecutive season.
Last year, she shot an 82 in the first round, good for fourth place entering the final day. She finished in a tied for third after shooting a second-round 81.
“It's exciting to be where I'm at this year,” Morgan said. “If we get to play tomorrow, it'll be great to have a chance to win it.”
The next highest individual qualifier is Oologah's Megan McDaniels, who is in a tie for sixth. McDaniels still has a teammate in the field, though, as Laney Plamer also qualified from Oologah.
“You just get used to it I guess,” Morgan said. “I've never really had a chance for us to qualify as a team so I don't know any different.”
The individual qualification left Morgan with an earlier tee time than the other top contenders, leaving her spending a good part of the afternoon watching the scoreboard in the clubhouse.
“It's kind of nerve-racking,” she said.
Morgan has signed with Oklahoma Baptist.
“I grew up going to Fall's Creek and always thought that OBU would be a cool place to go,” she said. “I love the Christian atmosphere there and I really like the campus.”