Based on their performances during the regular season, Katie Finley, Tyler Neher and Addie Norton qualified for the Red River Team Challenge.
The three golfers from Plainview will compete for Oklahoma against the top junior golfers from Texas beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at The Territory in Duncan.
“That’s the big deal,” Norton said. “You obviously want your state to win. That’s the exciting part.”
Moreover, with a berth in this tournament, Norton said she achieved a goal she’d had for a couple years.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “It’s the biggest tournament after the season. All the girls always have fun.”
Said Finley, “It’s really great. I just hope we can go down there and do everything we can to win it.”
The top 16 golfers earn the first right to play in this tournament. Participants earn points with their showings at Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament events. The Club at Indian Springs (River Course) in Broken Arrow hosted the initial regular-season meet on Aug. 13-14.
Forest Ridge Golf Club — also in Broken Arrow — hosted the next event. The tour then moved on to courses in Edmond, Midwest City, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Owasso, Oklahoma City and Claremore.
“Just knowing we all worked for something like this is just great, and that we’ll all get to go down there together is a lot of fun,” Finley said.
Among her tournament teammates, Norton said she knows Finley, Kaitlyn Milligan (Norman North) and ShaeBug Scarberry (Purcell).
Norton said she hasn’t played at The Territory. The course is open all day Friday for practice rounds, according to the schedule on the OJGT’s website, www.oklahomajrgolf.com.
“It’s nice,” Finley said, “and I know the course is going to play really rough.
“Since I started playing OJGT, I wanted to be able to go.”