Class 5A state golf tournament: Durant's Sydney Youngblood plays through knee pain to take control

Sydney Youngblood recovered from a reaggravated knee injury to shoot a 1-over-par 73 to take control in Wednesday’s first round of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 7, 2014
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— Sydney Youngblood knew she was in trouble.

After stepping in a hole at the tee box on the eighth hole, the Durant sophomore felt a sharp pain go up her leg and realized she had aggravated an old knee injury.

What followed was a dominant performance as she recovered to shoot a 1-over-par 73 to take control in Wednesday’s first round of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.

“Just trying to fight through it, it’s tough having the pain,” Youngblood said. “I knew that our team was sitting pretty well and I just wanted to do what was best for the team and I thought I needed to fight through it. I kept my focus on the injury instead of golf, and that helped me in the end.”

Youngblood is trying to repeat as the Class 5A champion and recently verbally committed to Oklahoma. She shot a 38 on the front nine after bogeying the eighth hole she suffered the injury, and then closed 3-under par with a 35 as the pain in her knee grew increasingly worse.

It was a gritty effort that has her primed to repeat, leading Duncan’s Kayla Witt by six strokes and Deer Creek’s Bailey Blake by nine.

“That was pretty amazing stuff out there to watch her,” Durant coach Tanner Dupree said. “There’s not enough good things I can say about Sydney Youngblood. The person she is, the teammate she is, the toughness mentally and physically to get through what she went through today, she’s a once-in-a-lifetime talent.”


by Jacob Unruh
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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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