EDMOND — After shooting a 76 on Wednesday in the first round of the Class 6A girls state tournament, Choctaw senior Kina Boone hoped to play the final round on Thursday even though weather forecasts called for cold, windy, wet conditions.
After playing three playoff holes at River Oaks Golf Club to determine fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place finishers, Boone said inclement weather would have made it impossible for 75 players to play an entire round.
“It was really cold out there,” Boone said. “I couldn't feel my hands or my face. It was miserable. And that was just three holes.”
The weather has been lousy much of the spring. But after playing the opening round of the state tournament in mid-80 degree, breezy conditions, Boone said Thursday's conditions were the worst she played in all season.
“We've played when it's been cold but nothing like this,” Boone said. “But I'm glad they let us have the playoff. Finishing sixth is something I'll never forget. This was my favorite year by far.”
Edmond Memorial's Bill Bays, who served as tournament director, said officials felt there was no choice but to cancel the final round.
“It was a mutual decision by River Oaks and the OSSAA,” Bays said. “We just felt the conditions weren't acceptable for a state championship.”
In an abbreviated one-round event, Tulsa Union won the team title. Marla Souvannasing, who shot a 1-under 70 on Wednesday, is the medalist.
“We made it very clear the past week that (Wednesday's) round could be the round,” Bays said. “Everyone knew that going in. And we had great weather Wednesday with just a little wind.”
Bylaws request the top 10 places be determined on the course, which is why a handful of golfers wore stocking caps and gloves late Thursday morning. The last of four playoff groups played three holes, approximately 45 minutes.
Another factor to canceling the final round is all 75 players would have to finish for the round to be official. If they delayed play too many times throughout the day, no score would be counted even if someone finished 18 holes if others couldn't complete their rounds.
The average round on Wednesday took four hours, 45 minutes. In poor conditions rounds, easily would exceed five hours.
“If you ended up pulling them off, then putting them back on, you could run into a darkness issue,” Bays said. “You'd hate to spend seven or eight hours trying to get it in and then it wouldn't even count.”