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July 30, 2013

All-State Day 1: Area golfers spark East win

Kailey Campbell and Faith Lasiter capped their high school golf careers with one final victory Monday at the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games at Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Catoosa.

Well, almost. More on that later.

First, Campbell, a four-year standout at Oktaha who was a individual state champion as a sophomore and member of two team champions, and Lasiter, who led Eufaula to its first-ever state championship in 3A while coming in second individually, rolled to a 3-0 match win against 4A runner-up Darby Morgan of Weatherford and Markie Hawkins of Fort Cobb.

The area girls had a three-shot advantage (21 to 24) in the scramble and in the bestball (25 to 28) formats, then on modified alternate shot rolled to an even greater edge (28-33). For the round, they shot 74 for an 11-stroke advantage.

They were fifth overall and the East squad they were a part of won 14-10.

“It felt pretty good,” said Campbell, who will play beginning this fall at Oklahoma Christian University.  “We both played well and to play with her, someone I’ve known ever since I started playing golf, was special.”

Campbell has one more pre-college tournament. She left Catoosa bound for Jackson, Miss., and the Southern Junior Cup which starts today.

Lasiter got an offer Monday to extend her college career at Seminole State when the coach there, Richard Schroyer, caught up with her and did an on-site inspection of her game.

“It was completely a surprise,” she said. “I felt like I really needed to make sure I played well and I did so. It was nice to play with Kailey instead of against her like we’d done so often. We fed off each other’s energy.”

Eufaula coach Bill Bumgarner was another coach watching.

“I told (Schroyer) she was a grinder and a worker,” he said. “She’s done great things for our program.”

She’ll visit the campus Thursday. “I think I’ll probably sign at that point,” she said.

Tahlequah’s Emily Pippin, playing with Morgan Brown of Henryetta, lost 2 1/2 to 1/2 to Emilee White of Comanche and Allyson Wilcox of Duncan, who finished third overall. They battled to a 22-all draw on scramble, lost by three stokes (24-27) in best ball then fell by two shots (25-27) in alternate shot.

Girls medalists were Allison Snell of Edmond North and Maci Arrington of Hinton, who was state-runner up in 2A just ahead of the third-place Campbell.

On the boys side, the East dominated 17 1/2 to 8 1/2. No area golfers competed on the boys side. Jeremy Gray and David Dyson of Elk City were medalists shooting an overall 65.

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