ARDMORE — The best triple bogey of Emily Pippin’s life occurred at the Class 5A state tournament at Dornick Hills this week.
On Wednesday, in the first round of the tournament, Pippin, a Tahlequah senior, was toying with the notion of taking a 10 (double par) on the par-5, 16th after struggling to keep her ball on the elevated green.
However, Tahlequah coach Mike Clayborn urged Pippin to keep playing and see if she could avoid a 10. Sure enough, Pippin walked off the green with an 8, a triple bogey.
That paid off when the state tournament was said and done on Thursday.
Pippin finished with a two-day total of 179 (92-87) and was one of the two highest finishers from the east side of the state, helping her earn All-State honors. Had she taken the 10 on the first day, she would have tied with Coweta’s ShyAnn Williams in the end.
Pippin came in 14th place overall, two spots better than where she finished last season’s state tournament.
Pippin’s teammate, Mikal Yahola, also improved on the tournament’s second day, despite blustery winds and temperatures in the 40s. Yahola, after shooting a 114 on the first day, carded a 99 in the final round for a 213.
“Even in bad conditions, they both had better scores (on Thursday),” Clayborn said.
Durant’s Sydney Youngblood won medalist honors, finishing with a two-day total of 147, which was seven strokes better than Deer Creek’s Caroline Goodin.
Deer Creek, though, did win the team title with a 676. Duncan was second at 686.
Hunt leads Lady Cougars at state
DUNCAN — Kayla Hunt had a two-day total of 225 to lead Keys to a 923 at the Class 3A state tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
Henryetta won the team title with a 736. Idabel was second with a 738, and Eufaula came in third at 345.
Idabel’s Ali White won medalist honors with a 163 (80-83). Eufaula’s Faith Lassiter was second with a 165 (80-85).
Ali Nolan (232), Brooke Short (233), Kaylee Snyder (244) and Jessica Johnson (246) rounded out the rest of Keys’ scores.