Poteau coach Randall Wheat understood the challenges faced by the OSSAA but kept thinking about Wednesday's opening round.
“That one stroke's big,” he said. “We could sit here and think about one stroke all day long. I'm sure Hilldale could do the same thing. You could find everybody that missed a short putt. But that's what happens.
“We've played with them all year and we've won some and they've won some. They just won when it was for the championship.”
Considering the tough conditions, the playoff between Ward and Weatherford's Darby Morgan went off smoothly right before noon during a break in the rain.
Both hit tee shots just off the green. Morgan chipped her second shot near the pin but she couldn't get it to stick and it nearly rolled off the back of the green. Ward putted from about 10 feet off the green, leaving about a two-foot birdie putt for the win.
“I knew I could get up and down for birdie from where my tee shot went,” Ward said. “I was kind of nervous on her second shot but once she went past, I knew I had a great chance. These greens were real difficult out there.”
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