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.”
ARDMORE’S PETERS GETS FIRST ACE
Ardmore sophomore Shelby Peters couldn’t see where her tee shot from the 135-yard par 3 No. 4 went.
The girls playing alongside her said it went in the hole, but Peters didn’t believe it. Then some spectators around the green cheered to confirm it.
Peters had made her first ace.
“It’s over water and the fountain is in the middle and I didn’t see it in,” Peters said. “It was unbelievable.”
Ardmore finished fourth, shooting 364-351 for score of 715, to improve in the tournament for the third straight year.
The start of the tournament was delayed two hours due to wet conditions on the course. … Piedmont finished ninth with a team score of 873, its best finish in Class 5A, while Carl Albert finished with an 804 for sixth. … Grove’s Karah Bassett shot a total of 184, tops among individuals not competing with a team. … Durant’s Sydni McKaughan beat Coweta’s Kaila Thomas in a one-hole playoff for 10th place.