ARDMORE — As the conditions got tougher, so did Deer Creek.
The Antlers fought through the miserable weather at Dornick Hills Country Club on Thursday and shot a better team score than they had a day earlier in more favorable conditions to come from behind and win the Class 5A state girls golf tournament.
“This feels incredible. I can't believe it's real life,” said senior Allison Mee, who boosted Thursday's rally by shooting 13 strokes better than the day before. “Yesterday, I was all upset, but we pulled together as a team and treated it like a totally different tournament.
“We just had to go out and bring it.”
As a team, Deer Creek shot 334 Thursday, eight strokes better than the opening round, for a 36-hole total of 676, 10 shots ahead of first-day leader Duncan. Deer Creek also won the 5A academic state championship.
“I could not be more proud of my team,” said senior Caroline Goodin, who finished second individually with a 154 total. “Every single one of us has worked so hard, so it feels really good for all of us to pull together and shoot well on the same day, especially in these conditions.”
Senior Haley Hill and junior Emily Folsom each finished in the top 10, and Hill won a playoff for an automatic All-State spot. Junior Emma Conrad came through in the clutch on Wednesday when the team needed her, and even though her score wasn't used Thursday, she still cut six strokes off.
Mee's turnaround was the biggest lift, dropping 13 strokes for a 91 on Thursday with temperatures in the mid-40s, gusting winds and occasional rain.
“Some like it hot, some like it cold,” Mee said with a smile. “I guess I like it cold.”