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 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.
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.
The par 5s were friendly on Thursday, particularly Nos. 7 and 14.
No. 14 played exactly to par, with the field averaging 5.000 for the day, with one eagle and 34 birdies.
The seventh hole gave up two eagles and 31 birdies, but don’t tell Bryan Askew. The amateur carded a quintuple bogey 10 on his way to a 12-over 83.
Shot of the day
Colin Montgomerie grabbed the early lead with a 6-under-par 65 Thursday, and pointed to a chip-in on No. 16 — his seventh hole of the day after beginning on No. 10 — for sparking his strong round.
It was his third straight birdie to get Montgomerie to 3 under par for the round. He added consecutive birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes to close his round with a flurry.
Quote of the day
Montgomerie, when asked if the 90-minute rain delay Thursday morning interfered with his preparation for the round: “Yeah, it messed up my whole day, really. I would have shot 62 otherwise (laughs). Not really, no.”
Groups to follow
Morning: Among the most intriguing morning tee times, Vijay Singh, Mark Brooks and Tom Pernice Jr. begin at 8:07 a.m. on hole No. 1. It’s especially ideal for those fans hoping to avoid the big crowd that will be following locals Scott Verplank, Bob Tway, Willie Wood and Gil Morgan, who tee off at approximately the same time on No. 10. Singh and Brooks were the two hottest players in the afternoon rounds Thursday.
Afternoon: Catch three legends of the game in the 1:31 p.m. slot off the No. 1 tee, with Mark O’Meara, Hale Irwin and Peter Jacobsen. Jacobsen is one of the few players in the field to break par Thursday.
Sit and stay
If you’re looking for a good place to camp out Friday and see action on multiple holes, there is a lot of room around the seventh green and eighth tee box that will allow for fun viewing.
No. 7 is a short par 5 that yielded several birdies Thursday, and many players will try to reach it in in two. No. 8 is a 201-yard par 3 over water with danger on every side of the green.
Plenty of Friday drama will be tied to Okies and the cut line.
The top 60 players and ties make the cut for the weekend, and that could make for some tenuous golf shots down the stretch for some Oklahoma folks. Players at 3 over par and better made up the top 60 and ties after Thursday’s round.
Among the Okies in the neighborhood of the cut line, Bill Glasson is 2 over par. Wood and Tway are at 3 over, with Verplank and Rocky Walcher at 4 over.