A team is never more dangerous than when it has nothing to lose.

A team is never more dangerous than when it has nothing to lose.

The Lone Grove Lady Horns golf team could then be described as the team most likely to make some noise today at the Class 3A state championships.

After finishing third at the regional tournament last week, the Lady Horns are looking to erase another third place finish from last season at the state tournament.

Lone Grove will get its chance beginning at 9:42 this morning as the Lady Horns will tee off from hole No. 10 at Westwood Golf Course in Norman.

At the state tournament last year, now senior Izzy Lette led the way for Lone Grove with a ninth place individual finish, while Lone Grove finished third as a team behind Marlow and Purcell, the teams which ironically enough finished ahead of them at regionals this season.

While Lette managed to claim a solid fourth place finish last week to help qualify for the state tournament, she’s aiming her sights a little higher in what will be her final tournament of her high school career.

Adding to the motivation for each Lone Grove player is the fact this will be the final tournament under the guidance of veteran head coach Buck Chatham, who is retiring at the end of this season.

“To finish higher this season would mean everything to us,” Lette said. “We want to make this last tournament very special since it’s the last one for Coach Chatham.”

“It’s a great feeling to be able to not only make it back to state as an individual, but with my team as well,” Lette added. “This was a goal we all set for ourselves at the beginning of the season. We give God all the glory for making this happen for us, because he’s given us a love and an ability to play golf like we do.”

Earlier this season, the Lady Horns showed they are more than capable of navigating the challenges of the Westwood Golf Course at the Class 3A state preview, which they managed to claim second at behind Purcell.

“The biggest thing about Westwood is keeping the ball in the middle of the course,” Lette said. “As long as you are able to do that, the course itself plays very smooth and is very favorable to play on.”

Teammate Destine Coffman, who will be among the returning Lady Horns players from last years state squad echoed Lette’s comments about the course, adding for her, its the sand traps that she needs to avoid.

“You can’t go wrong at Westwood when you keep it on the fairway,” she said. “I’ve personally always enjoyed playing at this course. For me the biggest challenge lies when I have to shoot out of the sand traps.”

“It would mean the world to us to finish higher than third this season,” Coffman added. “Knowing that this is Coach Chatham’s last year has been on our minds constantly. We’re doing this for him, and we want to win for him.” 

Also joining the Lady Horns for a return trip to the state tournament will be Shelby Delano, Madison Anderson and Megan Biber, all who played in last years state tournament at Cherokee Springs in Tahlequah. 

Other teams playing at the state tournament will include Kingfisher, Bridge Creek, Mount St. Mary, Rejoice Christian, Comanche, and Keys (Parkhill).