Turner's McGill coming for a state title

Turner was close, oh so close to putting another stamp on a 2012-2013 school year that's been historical for the Falcons.

Andi McGill has been at the center of all those Falcons successes, from basketball to slowpitch softball and now to golf.

The former two sports were team endeavors. The golf, on the other hand, was McGill and her competitive spirit against sloppy courses and the fact that anything she or her two teammates accomplished would only be individually satisfying.

McGill, the All-Ardmoreite Girls Golfer of the Year, finished her junior year strong, placing fourth overall in the Class 2A state tournament after one round of rain-shortened play at Trosper Golf Course in Del City. Being the competitor she is, the concept of not coming away with a team title is haunting to the petite powerhouse.

With one golfer short of making a team, Turner was ineligible for the team championship at 2A state. With the way McGill, Shelby O'Dell and McGill's sister, Perri, shot at Trosper, the Falcons would have only needed a fourth score of 90 to beat Hinton for the state title.

Until next year, McGill said.

"I think we should be able to make a run at the state title with a full team," McGill said. "It was a bummer that we didn't get to play (for a state championship), but it was exciting that I was able to finish up at the top.

"Last year, I just bombed it; it was pathetic. But the more times you play, the more experience you get and it's easier."

Not everything came easily to McGill this season. McGill, who played in state tournaments in basketball and slowpitch softball this season and was an All-Ardmoreite Super Team athlete in both sports, barely qualified for regional play before redeeming herself at state.

McGill tied for fifth individually with her teammate Shelby O'Dell at 2A regionals, but made amends at the state tournament with an 81 in her lone round.

"If she would have shot a stroke better, I wouldn't have made it; If I would have shot a stroke better, she wouldn't have made it," McGill said of regionals. "Individually, we all made it because both of us tied.

"To have a round like that (at state) kinda made up for it."

In the midst of regional qualification for golf, Turner was also making a run to the 2A state slowpitch softball tournament. McGill and her teammates played in the state tournament in softball in Oklahoma City on April 30, then turned around to take the course at Trosper Park on May 1.

Turner golf coach Steve Short said McGill's focus was impressive considering her relative lack of experience and the grind of playing two sports at the same time.

"She got in a little bit of trouble and part of golf is knowing when to take what the course gives you," Turner coach Steve Short said of McGill at regionals. "It was a pretty tough course. I think she learned from that and that gave her a little bit of confidence.

"Probably, that was the best I've seen her play at the state tournament."

As for next season, McGill has a sister, Tracy, who will be a freshman golfer for the Falcons. That may be enough to get Turner back into position to compete for a state title, something McGill said the Falcons thought about all year.

There's no doubt that the determined Andi McGill will be back at the top of the leaderboard.

"If she has a bad round, she'll always want to bounce back and play the best round ever," Perri McGill said of her twin sister. "She always wants to improve on every stroke and she's done that from last year. She's improved a lot."

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