Lacey Jones of Idabel tuned up for defense of her Class 4A golf championship by winning a girls high school regional tournament at Kingfisher Golf Club on Wednesday.
Jones shot a 75 in strong winds, and no one came closer than nine strokes.
Cushing's Natalie Dotson, who lost to Jones by three strokes in the state tournament last year, won the other Class 4A regional with a 78 at Cushing Country Club. Hilldale's Marissa Wright, a state runnerup in 2000 and a fourth-place finisher last year, trailed Dotson with an 82.
Eight regional tournaments, two each in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A, were held on Wednesday to qualify teams for state tournaments scheduled next Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2.
Jones is the only returning champion.
The 2001 Class 5A champ, Stephanie Ruiz of Edmond Memorial, placed 18th for Nebraska in the Big 12 tournament last weekend. The 2001 Class 4A champ, Liz Kester of Tulsa Kelley, played for Northeastern State this season but was not in the lineup for the Lone Star Conference meet. The 2001 Class 3A champ, Jaryn Rainey of Turner, was a senior this year but graduated early for health reasons.
Amanda Costner of Claremore and Toni Pyrum of Ada appear headed to a shoot-out in Class 5A.
Costner, who lost to Kester in a playoff for the state title last year, shot a 75 to win the regional at Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club. Pyrum, who placed third last year, four strokes behind the Kester and Costner, shot a 73 to win the regional at Lakeview in Ardmore.
Girls High School Regionals
Class 6A At Lawton Country Club
Team qualifiers: Edmond North 308; Lawton Eisenhower 325; Lawton 336; Edmond Memorial 339; Westmoore 345; Edmond Santa Fe 352.
Medalists: Ashley Kelley, EN, 75; Ali Griffin, EN, 76; Jessica Doherty, EM, 76; Lucy Nunn, Lawton Ike, 76.
Also qualified: Hallie Moore, Putnam North, 79; Amanda Qualls, Choctaw, 81; Steph Walker, Midwest City, 82; Tiffany VanCleave, Mustang, 87; Emily Slinkard, Del City, 88; Kelli Grisham, Del City, 88.
At South Lakes, Jenks
Team qualifiers: Union 332, Jenks 335, Ponca City 338, Enid 346, Muskogee 348, Stillwater 350.
Medalists: Kylie Battaglia, Union, 74; Michaela Cavener, Ponca, 75; Gretchen Jewell, Bartlesville, 75; Kelly Keith, Stillwater, 76.
Also qualified: Leah Weigle, Sand Springs, 78; Jessica Gibson, T. Memorial, 82; Brynlee Dobbins, Tahlequah, 86; Sarah Alfred, T. Memorial, 86; Haley Horn, Moore, 87; Hillary Brumley, Bartlesville, 87.
Class 5A At Lakeview, Ardmore
Team qualifiers: Duncan 328, Altus 331, Chickasha 353, Lawton MacArthur 373, Woodward 380, El Reno 381.
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