PURCELL — Ardmore golf coach Marc Peters set the state tournament goal at 365. The Tigers came awfully close on Tuesday.
In just its second tournament of the season, Ardmore shot a team score of 368 to win the Purcell Invitational at Purcell Golf Course. The Tigers beat second-place Purcell (380) by 12 strokes, placing each of their top four golfers in the top 10.
Peters and Ardmore boys coach Steve Ross said the last time Ardmore's girls won a team tournament was 1996. The Tigers placed fifth as a team at the Guthrie Invitational last week.
"They've worked hard over the summer and over this calendar year," Peters said. "Experience means a lot."
Lizzie Hargis led the Tigers, winning first place overall with an 81. Sadie Salyer was fifth with a 93, Ragen Holt was eighth (96) and Katelyn Hartman was ninth with a 98.
Shelby Peters rounded out Ardmore's golfers with a 107.
Hargis's winning round was a career low for the sophomore.
"Lizzies round of 81 was an awesome round," Peters said. "She got in some trouble and did really good."
The tournament was played on the same course as the boys tournament on Monday, where freezing temperatures made it tough on the field. Tuesday's round was cold, but far better than the previous day, in which teams took aim at frozen greens.
"It was a cold start this morning, but not as cold," Peters said. "As the day got longer, it got warmer."
The Tigers' hot start to the season will serve them well in a year where the Class 5A state championship is scheduled to be played at Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club in Ardmore.
"We don't want to be the first team to host the tournament and not be in it," Peters said.