Three local girls golf teams advanced to the Class 3A state tournament by finishing in the top six at the regional tournament on Monday at Lake Murray Golf Course.
Plainview finished third with a 380, Lone Grove was fifth shooting 407 and Tishomingo took sixth with a 410. Chandler finished fourth with a 399.
“The thing we say in this situation is survive and advance, which we were able to do,” Plainview coach Buddy Capps said. “Third place today, I feel, was pretty good. Especially with the wind conditions. It was very difficult.”
The Longhorns advance to state for the first time in two years and will be on a familiar course at Falconhead for the state tournament after finishing third at the Lake Country Conference meet there earlier this season.
“The 40 m.p.h. hour breeze we had didn’t help, but we managed to negotiate it OK,” Lone Grove coach Buck Chatham said. “It is what it is, everybody had to play in the same elements.”
Chatham said three of his players carded their worst rounds of the season, but were fortunate to make the cut for state.
Lone Grove’s Madison Claxton shot a team-low 96, Dakota Barron carded a 97, Christie Harris shot a 106 while Ashleigh Fletcher and Alexis Wright each shot 108.
“If we’re in the top six or eight teams (at state), I would be very happy,” Chatham said. “Our goal was to get out of regionals and get to state and give them all a chance to shoot a little better. It will be tough, but if you’re in the dance you’ve got a chance.”
Dickson will send three individuals to the tournament. Katie Bolin had a 93, Karlee Marshall shot a 100 and Kaylee Marshall had a 103. Kingston’s Victoria Hodges will also head to state after shooting a 94.
Idabell won the tournament with a 348 and Purcell finished second with a 350.
Plainview was led by Katelyn Walker and Allie Cook both shooting 92. Sarah Beth Hanna shot 97, Diana Healey had a 99 and Mary Jo Snyder shot 108.
“We kind of call a day like today a grinder,” Capps said. “You’ve just got to put your head down and go to work. Take it a hole at a time. If the wind does something to you that you don’t expect, you’ve got to put it behind you.”
Tishomingo qualified for state with a 410, beating Oklahoma Christian by 20 strokes.
Laina Marshall shot an 88, Kalie Carter had a 94, Josie Holt shot 106, Maggie Peercy had a 122 and Annie Plummer shot 129.
The state tournament is next Wednesday and Thursday at Falconhead.