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May 9, 2014

Keys girls finish 9th at state

CHECOTAH — Melissa Eldredge’s dream fo 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 followed up her opening-round 73 up with a 74. Her 147 total was two better than Eldredge’s 149 (73-76).

“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 — which finished ninth — 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.

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