On the back of the Plainview Lady Indians shirts commemorating the state tournament, there were four words listed.
Drive, putt, chip, repeat.It was the fourth word which rang the most true through on Thursday at the Lake Hefner South golf course in Oklahoma City: Repeat.
The Plainview Lady Indians managed to claim their third state title in program history, while earning their second straight at the Class 4A girls golf state championships.
Hilldale finished at 630, 16 strokes behind Plainview who came in at 614.
“With us only having one senior, and a big group of underclassmen, this just shows how hard everyone worked and how much confidence we had coming in,” Plainview coach Taylor Howard said. “Just to be able to have two freshman (Reagan Chaney & Lindyn Ross) step up like they did is very encouraging for us going forward. They are both maturing as athletes and players.”
“We know the talent is there for next year, we just have to keep working hard,” Howard added. “If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be a top contender every year.”
Katie Finley finished third overall, shooting a 76 in round two, bringing her overall total to 148. But the two-time senior state champion and Texas A&M signee did manage to earn All-State honors as well.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Finley said about repeating as state champions. “I’m really proud of our underclassmen for how they performed. Reagan (Chaney) stepped up huge the last two days. Hallie (Schultz) and Addie (Norton) both played amazing. They’ll say it wasn’t there best, but they were fantastic. Lindyn (Ross) also really stepped up for us today.”
Nothing was for certain going into the final day of competition, even if the second day was even going to be played due to rain in the Oklahoma City area, which forced the cancellation of the Class 3A and 5A tournaments.
However, the Lady Indians were only forced to endure a two-hour delay before beginning the competition and completing their march towards another state title.
“We had no idea beforehand that any of the other tournaments had been canceled,” Finley said. “Coach Howard had told us that we just needed to play hard and that tomorrow wasn’t promised for us. More than anything I’m sad to leave Plainview. I’m excited about going to Texas A&M, but it’s not going to compare to the experiences and relationships I’ve gotten to have in high school.”
Freshman Reagan Chaney showed her strength in the tournament, placing fourth overall with a second round 79, which brought her to 154 for the tournament.
Adeline Norton finished sixth overall with a second round 76, which totaled her score to 155, while Hallie Schultz was seventh overall with a second round 78, bringing her to 157.
Lindyn Ross finished with a 168 after a pair of 84 rounds for the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Ardmore Lady Tigers finished with an overall team score of 736 for the tournament.
Katie Long led the way with a 179, after a second round 92.
Kacy Benson finished with a 184, after shooting 93 in her second round performance.
Kalie Davis finished with a 186, after shooting a 92 on day two, shaving off two strokes from her opening round.
Maile Glaser showed big improvement in her second round performance, shaving off 11 strokes to finish with a 187, after shooting a second round 88.
Eryn Guynn also made big strides on her second day at the course, improving from an opening day 117 to finish with a 98, bringing her total to 215 for the tournament.