ARDMORE — Last month at the Class 5A state preview tournament, Durant's Sydney Youngblood trudged around the course at Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club with a round of 89.
Not the kind of score that wins golf tournaments — which Youngblood had done a few times previously this season.
Showing composure beyond her years, the freshman dropped her score at Dornick Hills by 18 strokes on Wednesday, shooting a 1-under-par 71 to take a five-stroke lead at the Class 5A girls state golf tournament.
“She's been very composed all year,” Durant coach Tanner Dupree said. “She came out in our first tournament at Idabel to run away and win it, and she's been doing that all season for us.
“But for her to bounce back from that 89 here — and on this stage — was very impressive.”
Deer Creek senior Caroline Goodin is five shots back after an opening-round 76, and Bishop McGuinness junior Alexis Sadeghy is at 77 with the final 18 holes set for Thursday.