Often times in a rebuilding year for a program, expectations are set at a reasonable level.

Often times in a rebuilding year for a program, expectations are set at a reasonable level.

However, the Ardmore Lady Tigers aren’t into earning just reasonable accomplishments this season, despite having a young squad.

Because of their drive, the Lady Tigers find themselves back at the state tournament for a 10th straight season, this time however in the Class 4A ranks.

Ardmore will be teeing off at 10:20 a.m. from hole No. 10 at the Lake Hefner South golf course in Oklahoma City along with Elk City and Grove in their respective group.

Last season, Ardmore finished seventh overall as a team in the Class 5A state tournament at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City, with Sam Peters finishing fifth overall individually.

However, this year at the Class 4A state tournament, there will be some returning faces from last years team including Kacy Benson, Katie Long and Malie Glaser.

“We’re such a young team this season,” Ardmore coach Marc Peters said. “This has been a building year for us obviously, but we’re happy to have made it to the state tournament.”

Last season, Glaser added four strokes to her opening round total on day two, and said she and her teammates will face plenty of challenges from the field and the course today.

“The most challenging thing about this course (Lake Hefner South) would have to be all the sand or the fact you don’t always know what’s coming next,” she said. “I’ve got confidence though in these girls and I know whatever challenges we face at state, it’s only going to make us stronger together.”

For Benson, she was able to claim a spot in the top-30 of the individual standings last season, and understands how special it is to have kept the Lady Tigers state streak going this year.

“We’re very proud of the accomplishment we’ve set this season,” she said. “Going back to the state tournament for the 10th straight year is a great thing for this program.”

Long is another returning starter from the Ardmore state squad which played last season. She said it’s been a harder and tougher road this season, but feels her team has what it takes to become better at state.

“We’ve had to work harder this season and practice more just to even reach this point,” she said. “Getting solid scores at state would justify everything we’ve done this season and everything we’ve overcome as well. It would also set us up for next season to continue to be successful.”