DUNCAN — Home has never been sweeter.
The Duncan girls golf team used its home-course advantage as best as possible Thursday, rallying from a five-stroke deficit to win the Class 5A girls state golf championship at the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.
“It feels pretty good to see we’re up there on the first spot,” Duncan junior Kayla Witt said. “It’s the world to us. Even though we had a rain delay this morning, I think that helped us out a little bit.”
The Demons shot 335 in the final round, improving on their first-day total of 343 to overtake both defending champion Deer Creek and Durant. It’s their second title in three years.
And a big part of that came from Witt, who shot a 5-over par 77 to finish second overall and complete her two best days of the season.
“I’ve known Kayla’s had that in her, she’s just been real inconsistent this year,” Duncan coach Steve Etheridge said. “I’ll say this, for the last month she’s worked really hard trying to get her game going, and it’s finally coming around now.”
Duncan also got a big boost from junior Whitney Hall’s 7-over par 79 and Savannah Martin’s 11-over par 83.
But the biggest boost came from the course, an advantage no other team possessed. The Demons played it twice a week this season.
“We definitely took a lot of time and learned a lot of different shots out here so if we did get in a bad situation we would know what to do,” Hall said.
Durant finished second after shooting a total of 351 to finish the two-day tournament with a score of 691.
Deer Creek, which entered the day with a five-stroke lead over Duncan, was third with a total score of 693. Top player Emily Folsom improved by seven strokes, shooting a 3-over par 75, but three of her four teammates failed to improve on their first-round score.