Experience is one of the most beneficial tools an athlete can use in competition.

Experience is one of the most beneficial tools an athlete can use in competition.

Sulphur’s Jordan Goodman is hoping her experience won’t just serve her well beginning today, but lead her to some state hardware.

Goodman will be making her return to the state tournament, this time in Class 3A as she will take to the links at Westwood Golf Course in Norman.

The Sulphur standout will be teeing off at 9:08 a.m. this morning with Josie Patterson from Chandler and Cassidy Moyer from Idabel in her respective group.

Goodman earned her place at the state tournament with a solid performance last week at regionals in Purcell, where she grabbed one of the individual qualifying places with a 95.

“Anytime you have someone compete at the highest level in your sport, it’s a special thing,” Sulphur coach Grant Bates said. “It’s a great feeling seeing Jordan accomplish what she has and I’m very proud of her as her coach.”

“The biggest challenge Jordan is going to face is mentally,” Bates added. “State tournaments have a different feel and a different environment than any other tournament we play during the season. We’re looking forward to the challenge though and ready to see Jordan build off what she learned last season.”

Last season at the Class 4A state tournament in Oklahoma City, Goodman opened the tournament with a 94, which put her in the hunt for a possible top-20 finish in the individual standings. 

However, she added three strokes on her second day performance, landing her at 42nd overall in the individual standings for the two-day tournament.

“Having played in a state tournament before, I now have that understanding of being able to know how everything goes in that atmosphere,” Goodman said. “I’m hoping I can step into it this year with the mindset that I’m going to improve off of last year.”

“Making a state tournament is always a neat experience,” Goodman added “Each year there’s new competition, and those girls add a new level of skill and talent which makes it that much more exciting to be apart of. This just keeps me motivated to improve as a competitor the more I’m here.”