, Muskogee, OK

April 6, 2013

Poteau’s Ward wins Hilldale event

Eufaula earns team championship at CobbleStone

Phoenix Staff Reports

— Hannah Ward of Poteau beat Oktaha’s Kailey Campbell by two strokes Friday to win the Hilldale Invitational golf tournament at CobbleStone Golf Course.

Ward, the defending Class 4A state champion, shot 1-over 73. Campbell shot 75 — reversing the outcome of last week’s outcome at the Oktaha tournament at Fountainhead Creek Golf Course in Checotah with a stroke to spare.

“I had a rocky start,” Campbell, the 2011 2A champion and a senior, said, pointing to a bogey on 10 and double bogey on 11. She started from the second nine and never led.

“I kind of relaxed after that but I just couldn’t get any putts to fall. Missed too many par putts. But in all, 75 isn’t a bad score.”

Rain and near freezing-temperatures on Tuesday pushed the event to Friday’s makeup date.

Finishing third was Melissa Eldridge of Eufaula, which won the team championship with a 342 and by 23 strokes over Ward and Poteau. Eldridge, shooting 78, won a playoff with Emily Rigsby of Fort Gibson.

“Our girls shot their best round of the year,” Eufaula coach Bill Bumgarner said. “We’ve played in four tournaments this year and we’ve won two and finished as the runner-up in the others.

“This tournament is something we can build on. We have been optimistic this season. All four of our bags are capable of breaking 90. It ended up being special for the whole team.”

Eufaula also won the Comanche Tourament in Duncan earlier this spring.

Oktaha was third, losing a tiebreaker to Poteau after a 366 finish. Hilldale at 367 was one stroke behind in fourth, followed by Muskogee (373) in fifth. Sydnie Rosson was the Lady Roughers’ top golfer at 89., tying for 10th overall.

Between her and Rigsby, taking fifth place was Faith Lassiter of Eufaula with her 82, Katie Kirkhart of Hilldale shot 83 and Courtney Cunningham of Hilldale carded an 85. One stroke back in eighth was KayLee Hasker of Sapulpa (85), followed by Kadrian Shelton of Sapulpa (88) and Kathleen Manlove of Poteau (89).

Fort Gibson was sixth at 382 in the 18-team field. Other area scores in the pack came from Wagoner at 421, Stigler at 460 and Tahlequah at 464.