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Class 6A girls golf: Tulsa Union wins title after weather restricts Thursday's play to playoff holes

Edmond Memorial's Bill Bays, who served as tournament director, said officials felt there was no choice but to cancel the final round. 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.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 2, 2013
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photo - Tulsa Union's Trudy Allen tees off during the second day of Girls 6A golf tournament, Thursday, May 2, 2013. The players that tied yesterday play in a playoff due to the rain. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman
Tulsa Union's Trudy Allen tees off during the second day of Girls 6A golf tournament, Thursday, May 2, 2013. The players that tied yesterday play in a playoff due to the rain. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman

“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.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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