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U.S. Senior Open: Scene and heard at Oak Tree National

Mary Dominick and Marne Smith got lots of double-takes Thursday. That’s because they had people seeing double on the 18th hole at Oak Tree National. They are twins, and except for Marne’s glasses being thicker than Mary’s, they are nearly impossible to tell apart.
by Jenni Carlson and Scott Wright Published: July 10, 2014

EDMOND — Mary Dominick and Marne Smith got lots of double-takes Thursday.

That’s because they had people seeing double on the 18th hole at Oak Tree National. They are twins, and except for Marne’s glasses being thicker than Mary’s, they are nearly impossible to tell apart.

“One of the caddies came up and he’s like, ‘Tell me you all are sisters,’” Marne said.

The sisters laughed in unison.

“We are having a blast,” Marne said.

One of Mary’s friends is a member at Oak Tree, and he asked if she’d be interested in being a course marshal. Mary, who lives in Eureka, Calif., immediately called Marne, who lives in Franklin, Tenn., and they agreed that they had to do it.

Neither has ever volunteered during a professional tournament, but golf has deep roots in their family. Their grandfather ran a pitch-and-putt course in San Diego. Their mother played. Marne even played professionally.

But from the smiles and the laughter, it seemed that the twins have never had any more fun on a golf course than they’re having this week.

“We’ve been looking forward to this for a year,” Marne said. “We planned the trips and got that rental car and just couldn’t wait to get here.”

Friday’s weather

Friday’s forecast calls for hot and icky with continued hot and icky throughout the weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts a mostly sunny, hot day with a high near 97 degrees. Heat index values could reach 100, with a south wind around 14 miles per hour, gusting to 20.

Hardest hole

The third hole played hardest Thursday, with the field posting an average score of 4.481. The 469-yard par 4 resulted in 19 scores of double-bogey or worse.

No. 4, the 171-yard par 3 known as the Postage Stamp, was unkind to several players, locals included. Though 25 players made birdie, 19 made double-bogey or worse.

Scott Verplank double-bogeyed the hole, and moments later, Willie Wood rolled in a 20-foot putt to save bogey after both hit in the water. That was a popular location, with the pin hugging the creek on the left side of the narrow green.

Ron Vlosich got the worst of No. 4. His tee shot landed on the wrong side of the creek. His next shot hit a tree and went in the water. It took two more shots to get on the green before Vlosich three-putted for an 8.

The 18th hole allowed only five birdies.

Easiest hole

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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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