Last year when the Dickson Lady Comets were represented at the state girls golf tournament in Tahlequah, they did so with two individuals.

Last year when the Dickson Lady Comets were represented at the state girls golf tournament in Tahlequah, they did so with two individuals.

Today when Dickson takes to the links at Westwood Golf Course in Norman, they will do so together as a team.

Dickson will tee-off today at 10:20 a.m. from hole No. 1 as they will be grouped with Perkins-Tryon and Comanche at the Class 3A state girls golf championships.

While this experience will be familiar to Maisie Liddell and Brylie Dewitt, their teammates in Parker Garrett and Baylie Hughes will be looking to make their own mark at state this year.

“It’s a big deal for our program and for our school to have had our team qualify for the state tournament this year,” Hughes said. “This is a tremendous step forward for this program as a whole having had this happen. I think the biggest challenge for me is going to be I don’t know the speed of the greens and I’m not familiar with the hole-by-hole layout of this course.”

Last year at the state tournament, Liddell shot a 98 on day one, but struggled on day two shooting a 109 while finishing with a total score of 207, which earned her a tie for 42nd overall. 

Liddell added this seasons accomplishment isn’t just about individual success, but it’s about moving the Lady Comets golf program forward into future seasons.

“Making the state tournament as a team is a great feeling,” she said. “Just being able to show everyone who we are and what school we represent is a big deal for this team. The biggest obstacle for me is staying focused. Anyone can have a good game, but it’s all about taking it one hole at a time and just staying locked on.”

While Dewitt was able to qualify last year as an individual, she said it’s an even more special feeling knowing she has her teammates with her this season.

Dewitt finished day one with a 112, but managed to shave off two strokes in the final round with 110 last year at state. 

“We’ve had individuals qualify for this stage in the last few years, but having my entire team with me just makes this even better this season,” Dewitt said. “I personally haven’t had the chance to play at Westwood, but I always consider greens to be challenging no matter where I play.”

As for Garrett, the freshman standout feels not only she has something to prove at state, but her teammates do as well.

“At the beginning of this season, not many people would have thought we would have even made it to state as a team,” she said. “This just shows everyone this program is going to be something special in a couple of years, and we’re on the right track. We want to be able to prove people wrong, and bringing home some hardware from state would prove we’re a real program with talented players.”