Tulsa Union is in good shape to capture its third consecutive team title and Redskins junior Marla Souvannasing owns a commanding five-shot lead in the medalist race.
The first round was played in mid-80s, breezy conditions Wednesday at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond. But with winterlike weather arriving overnight, there's some question whether officials can get in the final round.
Officials set tee times, starting at 9 a.m. as scheduled, for Thursday. They're hoping to get in the final 18 holes. But forecasts call for strong north winds, 60 percent to 70 percent chance of rain all day and 27-degree windchill temperatures.
“We played like it was a one-day tournament, but I hope we get to play (Friday),” said Union coach Vicki Brown. “We're used to this kind of weather. It seems that's what we've been playing in all season.”
Souvannasing shot a 1-under 70 to help Union build a 17-shot lead over Broken Arrow.
Choctaw senior Kina Boone, who shot a 76, the top score among Oklahoma City area golfers, hopes they play the final round regardless of weather conditions.
“It would be pretty disappointing (if they canceled the final round) because I think I could shoot a pretty low score,” Boone said. “People sometimes have problems in the cold, but I can handle it. (Thursday) I was only 3-over at one point. I missed a few three-foot putts but I was playing really well.”
SOUVANNASING ON FIRE
Souvannasing is listed fourth on Union's depth chart but won medalist honors last week at regionals and shot a four-birdie, one-bogey, one-double-bogey, one-under-par 70 to hold a five shot over three other golfers, including two teammates.
Souvannasing was 1-under through the front nine with two birdies and a bogey. She got to 2-under but double-bogeyed 15. Souvannasing drained a 30-foot putt to save par on 16 and finished with an eight-foot birdie on 18.
Edmond Santa Fe sophomore Brinn Fariss, daughter of former major leaguer Monty Fariss, wasn't satisfied with her first-round 78 but is the second-lowest score from the OKC area on a leader board dominated by Union and Broken Arrow. ... Edmond North senior Allison Sell, last year's medalist, shot a 78. ... Led by seniors Anna Mikish and Boone, Choctaw is in fourth followed by Southmoore and Edmond North.
BY MIKE BALDWIN