Class 5A girls golf: Durant's Sydney Youngblood repeats

by Jacob Unruh Published: May 8, 2014

Sydney Youngblood is halfway there.

The Durant sophomore shot a 3-over par 75 Thursday in the Class 5A girls state golf tournament at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club to win her second straight state championship.

Last season, Youngblood ran away from the field in her pursuit of four state titles. Thursday was no different, as she led by six strokes entering play after shooting a 73 Wednesday.

“It’s a good feeling to have won it two years in a row,” she said. “I’m proud of how I played. It got hot and the wind died down and it got really humid, but I feel like I played pretty well coming down the stretch.”

Youngblood is verbally committed to Oklahoma.

She held off charges by Deer Creek’s Emily Folsom and Duncan’s Kayla Witt. Witt shot a 5-over par 77 to finish second, while Folsom delivered a 75 — seven strokes better than her score on Wednesday — to finish third.

Youngblood, who battled a knee injury in the first round, said she is already looking forward to defending her title next season. But first she wants to celebrate No. 2.

“I don’t know who’s coming up next year, but I’m just going to enjoy this moment today,” she said. “I’ll start working on next year tomorrow.”

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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