Deer Creek sophomore Bailey Blake oftentimes hits objects on the golf course.
Wednesday’s Class 5A state tournament was no different as she found a birdhouse that became a benefit on the fifth hole.
“I get lucky all the time,” said Blake, who moved to Deer Creek from Wichita last year. “I’ll just hit things like a post or a hit a tree and it’ll bounce back in the fairway.”
She led the Antlers with a 9-over-par 81, putting them in the team lead with a 338 as they hope to repeat as state champions.
They biggest challengers are Durant (340) and hometown favorite Duncan (343).
And if Deer Creek wins, a new object could become a school favorite.
“If we end up winning this by a couple of shots, we’re definitely going to have to buy a birdhouse and keep it in the classroom or something,” Deer Creek coach Glen Floyd said.
ARDMORE’S HARGIS OVER NERVES
Ardmore junior Liz Hargis felt nervous as she shot a 13-over-par 85, and she knows that will need to change Thursday for the final round.
“Probably be a little bit more positive and a little more relaxed because I was a little uptight today,” she said.
Hargis leads the way for Ardmore as it’s fourth in the team standings with a total score of 364. And if she plays well, there is a chance the Tigers can sneak back into the team race.
PIEDMONT HOPING FOR BETTER FINISH
After making the state tournament for the first time in Class 5A last year, Piedmont is happy to be back this year.
But the Wildcats are hoping for a higher finish than the 12th-place finish they had last season. They enter Thursday at 11th with a team score of 444, which is just ahead of Altus.
“Based on the scores, we have the potential to get to probably eighth or ninth, so that’s going to be our goal,” Piedmont coach Jamie Hill said. “Everyone knows they can probably eliminate 10 strokes off of their game of what they did today, if not more.”
Miranda Wagner led Piedmont with a 103.
Hill thinks all of her girls can break 100 in the final round.