Despite facing tough hole conditions at the beginning of the home tournament, the Duncan Lady Demons golf team keep the SOI title at home with the best score of the 2022 season.
Playing in the morning hours at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club, the Lady Demons shot a 340 to win the Southern Oklahoma Invitational by 30 strokes as Ada shot a 370 as a team to finish second.
Three of the Duncan Lady Demons’ golfers placed in the top five of the tournament including the overall winner as JJ Gregston shot a -1 for the round with a 71 to lead the pack by three strokes.
Gracelynn Nickell was the second Lady Demon to finish in the top five as she finished fourth overall with a score of 83 while fellow teammate Ady Meek finished fifth overall with a score of 87.
Hayden Davis was the fourth Duncan golfer to place as she finished in a tie for 15th place with a score of 99 while Addie Siess finished in a three-way tie for 20th with a score of 102.
It marks the first tournament in which all five Duncan golfers placed in the top 25. Coach Josh Harris said feeling proud was an understatement as the girls played really well.
“The girls played outstanding and I am very proud of them because when you’re defending your home course, there is a lot of pressure and we were able to handle it,” Harris said. “JJ (Gregston) and Natalie Blonien had heavyweight slugfest all day and it was awesome to watch. They were just trading the lead all day and JJ was able to pull ahead at the end.”
Harris also said Nickell and Meek played well by shooting their season low. Harris credited the local contingency there supporting the team.
“The local fan support was amazing all day. We had huge galleries following each group and Patty Harper kept the girls in good spirits by handing out candy so maybe she’s our good luck charm,” Harris said. “Dakota Hicks and his grounds crew at the country club had the course looking great after the monsoon from the previous day. Overall, it was a great day and really appreciated the local support. That’s what separates Duncan from anywhere else and makes it such a special place.”
Marlow was the other team from Stephens County represented in the SOI and they finished fourth overall with a team score of 393.
Gabby Hack was the lead golfer for the Lady Outlaws as she shot a 91 for the Lady Outlaws and finished seventh overall in the tournament.
Maddy Elroy finished 17th overall with a score of 100 on the round while Haley McKinely finished one stroke behind her in a tie for 18th in the tournament.
Miranda Martinez was the other golfer to finish 18th overall with the same score of 101 to round out the team score for Marlow.
Caressa Woods was the fifth bag for the Lady Outlaws as she finished 29th overall with a score of 107.
The next tournament for the Lady Demons will come at the 5A State Preview as they will head the to Chickasaw Pointe course on April 11.