The Plainview Lady Indians will aim to win another championship in golf when the Class 3A state tournament tees off today at Cimarron Trails Golf Course in Perkins.


The Plainview Lady Indians will aim to win another championship in golf when the Class 3A state tournament tees off today at Cimarron Trails Golf Course in Perkins.

Round one begins at 9 this morning, with round two concluding the tournament at the same time Thursday.

"I think everybody is in a good frame of mind," Plainview coach Buddy Capps said. "We got to play a few holes (Tuesday) just to refresh our memory, and we seem to be hitting the ball pretty good and everybody seems upbeat."

Plainview, which won state last year at Dornick Hills Country Club, took third last week at the regional tournament at Lakeview Golf Club. The Lady Indians had one of their lowest scores of the season at 325. Kingfisher and Purcell finished ahead of the them with 321 and 323, respectively.

"It appears to be a 3-horse race," Capps said. "I think all three teams Kingfisher, Purcell and Plainview could say the same thing. We feel pretty good about the way we played at regionals, and have pretty good momentum. It could get pretty interesting that second day if everyone plays up to their capabilities."

Besides those three squads, Marlow, Bethany and Pauls Valley, who rounded out the top six in last week's regional, along with Henryetta, Prague, Stigler, Nowata, Eufaula and Perry are also in the field.

Plainview will be paired up with Henryetta and Prague and is set to tee off at 9:38 a.m. on Hole No. 1.

The senior trio of Emily Leahey, Jenna Ross and Ann Dexter lead Plainview, with Brittney Walker and Karin Cockran also in the starting line-up.

"They look fine," Capps said. "They looked pretty calm about the whole thing. Like I said, they've been through the wars, and I think they'll do just fine."

The Lady Indians also hope to have one of their aces get the individual title for the second straight season. The now graduated Paige Martin won it last year.

Leahey was the regional individual medalist last week.

Lone Grove's Kelsey Anderson, along with Sulphur's Linlee Blevins and Katie Grimes are competing as individuals. All golfers begin on the first tee.

"I think she is going to play well," Lone Grove coach Buck Chatham said of Anderson. "She practiced (Tuesday), and hit the ball good. She two-putted just about every green."

Belvins will play right at 9, with Anderson and Grimes starting eight minutes later.

"(Blevins and Grimes) probably had the best scores of their high school career (at regionals)," Sulphur coach Zac Cartmell said.

Blevins shot 87 and Grimes carded 92 last week.

"(Blevins) brings the same attitude out to the golf course as she does in basketball. She's been working on our putting real hard , and once she got it down that helped her get that 87.

"Same thing for Grimes," Cartmell said. "She had been working on her putting, and it finally came through last week. I hope it continues."

There will also be individuals from the area playing in the Class 2A state tournament at Sugar Creek Canyon Course in Hinton.

Lynsie Watkins of Fox tees off at 9:15 a.m. At the same time on tee No. 10, Kingston's Lindsey French will begin. She will be preceded by Kingston's Katie Croasdale, who is schedule to start seven minutes earlier.

Mike Moguin, 221-6522

mike.moguin@ardmoreite.com