EDMOND — A couple days after her Deer Creek team won the Class 5A state golf championship, Caroline Goodin woke up, and it hit her.
“I woke up and I was on some sort of golf high,” Goodin said. “I looked in the mirror and I was like, I'm actually a state champion.”
Goodin finished runner-up individually, while leading her team to the title, the perfect finish to an impressive season that earned Goodin The Oklahoman's All-City Girls Golfer of the Year honor.
Goodin won four tournaments, highlighted by the Class 5A west regional in late May, and as her class valedictorian, she helped the Antlers earn the academic state championship trophy as well.
Goodin finished in the top five in all nine Deer Creek tournaments, and in the top three seven times.
But win or lose, Goodin won't forget how much fun she's had with her teammates in her final year of high school.
“I'm really proud of all of us,” she said. “There's no words to describe the feeling. You can't say it feels awesome to be a state champion, because it feels better than that.
“It's just been so much fun. Winning state was the ultimate goal, and it feels so good to accomplish that.”
Now, Goodin is leaving a state champion to join a national champion at Oklahoma City University. The Stars won their sixth NAIA national title late last month, and Goodin has previously competed against several of her future teammates.
“We have a chance to win again, and that's one of the things I like so much about it there,” Goodin said. “I already know all the girls on the team, and it really makes me feel comfortable there, because I know everybody.”