Class 4A state golf tournament: Clinton's Paige Neidy keeps her composure on way to one-stroke lead

Paige Neidy will begin Thursday’s final round a stroke ahead of Ft. Gibson’s Emilee Rigsby and two strokes in front of Poteau’s Hannah Ward. She led the way for a Clinton team that sits atop the team standings with a first-round total of 341.
by Trent Shadid Modified: May 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Paige Neidy wasn’t feeling the pressure on Wednesday.

The Clinton senior used a relaxed and confident approach to shoot a 2-over-par 74 and leads the field after the first round of the Class 4A girls golf state tournament at Lake Hefner.

Neidy will begin Thursday’s final round a stroke ahead of Ft. Gibson’s Emilee Rigsby and two strokes in front of Poteau’s Hannah Ward.

“I felt great and I was really confident out there today,” Neidy said. “It was a little nerve-wracking leading up to it, but after that first hole I got that out of the way and was confident. It was so awesome and so much fun today.”

Neidy credited past experiences at the state tournament as one of the main reasons she was able to stay composed during her most important round of the season. She finished third at last year’s weather-shortened tournament after shooting a 76 on the same course.

She led the way for a Clinton team that sits atop the team standings with a first-round total of 341.

“It’s probably our best round of the year, but we’ve been getting closer and closer to playing like this all year,” said Clinton coach Mike Lee. “Our top player (Neidy) played like she is capable of playing and we got some help from all the others hanging in there and competing.”

Reiana Reeves (86), Ashlynn Smith (89), and Kelsi Rose (92) also contributed to Clinton’s team total.

“We just want to have fun and compete,” Neidy said. “That’s what we’re looking forward to doing tomorrow.”

Defending team champion Hilldale is second after shooting a 347, and Poteau third with a 350. Cache and Ft. Gibson also remain in contention after both posted a 355 through 18 holes.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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