DUNCAN — Tishomingo’s girls were the top area team at the Comanche Invitational on Monday, shooting at 421 to place fifth at Duncan Golf and Country Club.

The Indians were paced by Kalie Carter’s 101. Tish was 14 shots behind fourth-place Comanche (407).

Eufaula (375), Idabel (377) and Henryetta (377) were the top three teams, far ahead of the pack in the first tournament of the season for Tishomingo.

“It was a decent start,” first-year Tishomingo golf coach Natasha Gray said. “Conditions were quite tough. All in all, it’s a good place to start and it’ll only get better from there.

“They just had a lot of consistency. It’s not that they had one shooting way in the 70s. Four of the five scorers were pretty consistent.”

Plainview senior Allie Cook was the low area finisher, posting a 92 to place sixth overall. She led Plainview to a seventh-place finish (429) as a team.

“(Allie) is really getting out there and putting in the time, and that’s reflective of her score,” Plainview coach Andy Bloorworth said.

Bloodworth said teams teed off at freezing temperatures, making play even tougher considering it was the first tournament for many of the schools in play.

“The first of the season is never like it ends,” Bloodworth said. “Looking back at last year, it was the same type of deal. It was a really good barometer to see what we need to do.”

Kingston (435) and Lone Grove (459) were the other area teams in competition. Dakota Barron (112) shot the low round for Lone Grove, and Jessica Bland was the low scorer for Kingston (108).

Duncan Golf and Country Club will be the site of the Class 3A state tournament in May.

Nichols paces Ardmore with 79

With two sophomores and a freshman, Ardmore is rebuilding its golf team week by week.

Coach Steve Ross saw progress on Monday at the Purcell Invitational, as the Tigers overcame frosty conditions to post a solid round.
Michael Nichols paced Ardmore with a 79 and Austin McCormick shot 87.

“He got off to a bad start, but he played really good,” Ross said of Nichols. “We’re rebuilding. I’m really pleased with their excitement level. They want to get better.”

Ross said “greens were frozen” at Purcell, pushing tee times back on Monday. Even when the Tigers did take the course, they played in brutal temperatures, Ross said.

That didn’t take away from the Tigers making a leap since last week’s tournament at Dornick Hills and Lakeview.

Jacob Terry shot 98 and Sam Allen carded a 111 to round out Ardmore’s top 4.

“Jacob Terry is getting better,” Ross said. “He was really excited today that he broke 100. Confidence is so important in this game.”

Ardmore heads to the Lions Invitational at Silverado Golf Course in Durant on Friday.