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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Hargis helps Ardmore to 2nd tourney win

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  • Paced by a round of 77 by individual champion Liz Hargis, Ardmore's girls golf team won its second tournament of the season Monday at the Plainview Invitational at Lakeview Golf Course.

    Hargis shot her varsity career-low round in leading the Tigers to a three-stroke win over Plainview. Ardmore shot 350 as a team to Plainview's 353.

    Plainview had three golfers in the top seven, paced by Katelyn Walker's second-place 82, but Hargis' round alone was good enough to secure the victory for Ardmore.

    "She has really come around," Ardmore coach Marc Peters said of Hargis. "She has a year under her belt where she knows the courses we play.

    "Lizzie's our ringleader. Lakeview is her home course and 77 is a really good round."

    While Plainview had Diana Healey shoot 83 and Allie Cook card an 86 for fourth and seventh place, respectively, no other Ardmore golfer shot better than 91. That put even more emphasis on Hargis' five-stroke victory.

    "We let some shots get away from us," Peters said. "We're glad for the win, but we can play better than that and we hope to play better than that later on.

    "I am proud of the girls for winning. It's been a long time since Ardmore girls golf has won two tournaments in a year. Our girls are pumped up and excited for golf."

    Turner was the only other school that matched Plainview for individual finishers. The Falcons trotted out just three players, but each of the them placed in the top 10.

    Andi McGill was fifth with an 83, Shelby O'Dell was sixth (85) and Perri McGill was 10th with an 89. The Falcons posted their best round of the season thus far, despite playing without their best golfer from a year ago.

    Tess Hartog, who placed fourth at the Class 2A state tournament as a freshman in 2012, moved to Norman, and Turner has had to contend with just three golfers.

    "I knew these three girls were gonna get better every year," Turner coach Steve Short said. "If we would have had Tess, we definitely would have competed for the state championship. All three of my girls are getting better."

    Short said the combination of ideal weather conditions and the Maxwell format of play made it easier on all the golfers Monday.

    "It takes a lot of pressure of competing against other players," Short said of the Maxwell format, in which teammates play the round together instead of against individuals from other schools. "I think that's another reason for the lower scores.

    Page 2 of 2 - "I'm sure everyone was excited to play in some golf weather. The main thing about today was it was not windy; there was very little wind to contend with. This year, this was the very best golf day we've had."

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