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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Sulphur, Tish qualify teams; Lone Grove, Ardmore individuals

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  • PURCELL — Andy Bloodworth has said that his Plainview golf team didn't like finishing second in last year's Class 3A state tournament.
    So far, the Indians' play is proving him right.
    In a dominant display on Monday, the Indians shot an impressive 593 team score over 36 holes to capture a 3A regional title at Brent Bruehl Country Club in Purcell.
    "We just really got out there and played with a lot of confidence today," Bloodworth said. "I think these guys are pretty hungry and it started showing."
    Haden Coffey earned top medalist honors with a score of 141, while teammate and fellow senior Trae Wilkins took third overall with a 145.
    In addition to their great individual performances, Bloodworth credited his senior leaders with pushing the rest of the squad throughout the two rounds.
    "I saw a different mentality out of two seniors that see the end of the road up ahead," Bloodworth said. "They really competed and set the pace for the other guys."
    Plainview was on another level from the competition, besting second-place Pauls Valley by 41 strokes.
    "We went and played so well last year, and to come up eight shots short through almost 900 hurt," Bloodworth said. "These guys are on a mission and they see it's really close."
    Nate Hoben shot a 155, while Cooper Little and Carson Seals rounded out the Plainview roster with identical 156 efforts.
    "We just grinded it out and threw up some good numbers," Bloodworth said.
    Among other area schools that qualified, Sulphur finished fourth with a team score of 668, paced by a 149 from Collin Hoyle and a 151 from Jordan Barefoot, while Tishomingo was just behind at 671 for a fifth-place finish.
    Tish was led by a 152 from Preston Lovett.
    While Lone Grove did not qualify as a team, Bryce Newton shot a 147 to finish fourth overall and qualify for the state tournament as an individual.
    Ardmore's Nichols qualifies in 5A
    While the Tigers were unable to qualify as a team for the state tournament during 5A regional play in Duncan, Ardmore's Michael Nichols will advance to the state tournament as an individual.
    Nichols carded a 92-83 for a 174. Ardmore's team compiled a 788 score, with Austin McCarthick finishing second among Tigers with a 188.

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