Melissa Eldredge’s dream of winning a state title on her home course wasn’t shattered by her own doing.
Idabel’s Ali White grabbed the lead with an ace on the par-3 third hole to turn a one-shot deficit into a one-stroke advantage and never let go in downing the Eufaula sophomore at Fountainhead Creek Golf Course in Checotah. White shot a 74 for a 147. Eldredge had a 76 for a 149.
“I felt like I left some strokes on the front then I tried to make a comeback on the back and I made it (getting as close as a stroke through 12) but I think when it’s your day it’s your day and this wasn’t my day today,” Eldredge said.
It was White’s second consecutive title and the senior’s second hole in one, having made one last summer in an adult-junior tournament on a par 4. This one was with a half-swing on a pitching wedge.
“From everyone else’s reaction it told me. I didn’t see it but I was really excited when I knew I had done it,” White said. “I knew I had turned it around and saved myself from that double bogey on the first hole. I felt like mentally I was back where I needed to be.”
Eufaula missed a repeat title teamwise, finishing second after a 333 gave them a 659 for the tournament, 10 strokes behind Purcell (326, 649). Idabel (341, 668) was third and Plainview (356, 707) was fourth.
Rounding out the scores were Henryetta (364, 731), Marlow (383, 772), Lone Grove, 387, 785), Tishomingo (396, 790), Keys (395, 805), Chandler (414, 806), Kingfisher (418, 834) and Cascia Hall (414, 806).
Ashton Nemecek of Purcell shot a 74 and was third at 151.
Eufaula’s Heidi Stafford shot 82 and at 163 was fifth. Teammate Rachel Donaldson was tied for seventh after shooting an 83 for a 167 total but wound up eighth after a four-way playoff. Hope Lassiter shot 92 for a 180 total.
Keys was led by Kaylee Snyder’s 93 putting her at a team-best 192. Ali Nolan slipped four strokes to a 101 but was second on the team at 198.
Britanie Wacoche, Sequoyah’s lone representative at state, shot a 92 to finish at 178.
Muskogee slipped from eighth to 10th at Ponca City Country Club, edging Edmond Memorial and Southmoore, while Hannah Jones stayed on the edge of the top 10.
Muskogee shot 732 for 36 holds after a 370 on Thursday which was eight shots off their first-day total. Union won the tournament by 18 shots, scoring 626 to Broken Arrow’s 644. Bixby was third at 683, followed by Jenks (686), Edmond Santa Fe (693), Owasso (702), Bishop McGuinness (718), Stillwater (723), Mustang (726) and the Roughers.
Edmond Memorial (740) and Southmoore (743) rounded out the field.
Individually, Jones shot a 13-over 85 to finish at 167, 23-over par, and finished 15th. Alexis Sageghy of Bishop McGuinness was first with a 1-over 145, winning by five strokes over Taylor Dobson of Broken Arrow (150) and eight over Union’s Trudy Allen.
Other Muskogee scores were Sydnie Rosson (101, 195), Haley Schuler (97, 189), Brittney Felts, 87, 181) and Katie Matthews (114, 221).
Oktaha’s Jaylie Roper shot a 79 and finished sixth with a 13-over 155 at Trosper Park in Del City.
No area golfers qualified in the 5A event.