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Class 4A girls golf: Hannah Ward happy to win individual title — but she feels bad for Poteau teammates

Due to weather, remainder of state tournament was canceled. Only individual ties were broken on Thursday.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 2, 2013
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photo - Poteau's Hannah Ward tees off during the 4A girl's sudden-death playoff golf match against Weatherford's Darby Morgan at the Lake Hefner Golf course in Oklahoma City, OK, Thursday, May 2, 2013. Poteau won the top honor on the first hole.  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Poteau's Hannah Ward tees off during the 4A girl's sudden-death playoff golf match against Weatherford's Darby Morgan at the Lake Hefner Golf course in Oklahoma City, OK, Thursday, May 2, 2013. Poteau won the top honor on the first hole. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Hannah Ward's reaction was more one of relief than celebration when the putt dropped.

On the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the whipping wind and cold Thursday at Lake Hefner South, the Poteau junior sank a short birdie putt to take her second consecutive Class 4A individual state title.

But while the cold, wind and rain played a part in the subdued celebration, Ward was also thinking plenty about her teammates who wouldn't be celebrating a title this year.

While Thursday's weather didn't take away Ward's chance for an individual champion, it ended any chances of Poteau repeating as team champion.

Instead, the first-day scores were allowed to stand, giving Hilldale the state championship by a stroke over Poteau, 359-360.

“It's very frustrating that we didn't get a chance to make up that stroke,” Ward said. “I feel bad for the rest of the team, especially the senior, that we weren't able to make it up.”

The one-hole playoff for the championship wound up being the only golf of the tournament played Thursday.

Three state tournaments in the Oklahoma City area were affected.

In Class 6A at River Oaks in Edmond, four playoffs were held for each tied spot in the top 10.

In Class 2A at Trosper in southeast Oklahoma City, no golf was played and the first-day scores stood entirely.

While many sports would've rescheduled and finished on a different day, the logistics of having a course available for most of the day makes it difficult in golf.

“We're at the mercy of the venues,” Ron Etheridge of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association said. “Our boys tournaments are Monday and Tuesday and our girls tournaments are Wednesday and Thursday because that's a time of the week the courses can afford to allow us to play at the fee we're giving them.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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