By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Colton Jackson might have been the biggest winner among Enid golfers at the Enid girls invitational tournament Thursday at Meadowlake Golf Course.
The bad news is Jackson plays for the EHS boys team.
Pacers No. 1 player Katelynn Bennett made a friendly bet with Jackson she could beat the 88 Jackson shot at Meadowlake Monday at the Enid boys tournament.
However, Bennett shot a 98 as the Pacers finished sixth in the team competition with a 402, 64 shots behind champion Deer Creek Edmond, which had a 338.
The champion Antlers had the top three individuals — Emily Folsom (79), Cacoline Goodin (79) and Haley Hill (81).
“It was a little disappointing,’’ Bennett said. “The conditions were rough and there was a lot of pressure playing at home. The greens were tough and my timing was off. It wasn’t a good day.’’
The 98 was Bennett’s second-highest score of the season.
“I’ve got to pick myself up and find a positive in it,’’ Bennett said.
Kayci McClendon, Enid’s No. 2 player, had a 99, the second time this season she’s been under 100.
“My drives were awesome, but my short game was a little off,’’ McClendon said. “The weather was making it more difficult.’’
Madison Boler, Enid’s No. 3 player, was a little happier with her 99. It was the second time she’s been under 100 this season.
“I really wanted to stay in the mid-90s,’’ Boler said, “but the greens were really fast today. That’s a good score for me. I was pleased with my putting and chipping.’’
Sydney Davenport was eight shots under her 114 average with a 106.
“I struggled a little bit out there,’’ she said.
Baylee Roberts, Enid’s No. 4 player, had a 111,
“I played terrible,’’ she said. “The weather was bad, but I felt I could have played better.’’
Enid coach David Lee was hoping the Pacers would shoot somewhere around 385 as a team.
“We had trouble with our putting and chipping,’’ he said. “We lost a lot of shots around the green. We three-putted way too much. The greens here are faster than most of the greens we have been playing on. We have no excuses. We can play better than we did today.’’
Lee pointed out scores at Meadowlake are typically higher at girls tournaments because of the length of the course.
“Teams usually shoot 20 strokes higher here,’’ he said. “The (women’s) tee boxes are just 10 yards in front of the blue tees. At most courses, they are usually 20, 30 or even 40 yards in front.’’
Lee said the Pacers will need to practice their short game more.
“Nothing replaces hard work,’’ he said. “We are going to continue to work on it and see where it takes us.’’
Pioneer was 11th with a 542. Megan Metcalf had the low score among the Lady Mustangs with a 119.
Folsom won a card playoff over Goodin. Folsom had a four on No. 4, the highest handicap hole, while Goodin had a six.
Folsom had a long birdie putt on No. 3 to highlight her round. Goodin hurt herself with an eight on No. 14.
“It feels great,’’ Folsom said. “The key was my putting. I really like the greens and the course here.’’
The Antlers won the team title by 19 shots over Stillwater, which had a 357. Gabbi Shelton had the low score for the Lady Pioneers with an 84, good for fifth place.
“We have a really good team this year,’’ said Deer Creek coach Glen Floyd, which claimed its third title in as many tournaments. “Our top three players are capable of shooting low scores like that. This group has been together for awhile. They battled and held together and came in strong.’’
Enid’s next tournament is at Del City’s Trosper Park April 11.