Two tournaments, two championships for the defending state champion Durant girls golf team.
The Lady Lions cruised by the field for the second straight event to post a score of 348 in winning the Haworth Invitational at Idabel Country Club earlier this week.
That followed up a championship team score of 346 in the Bonham Invitational at Legacy Ridge last week.
At the Haworth tournament, sophomore Blayne Barker took top honors with a first place individual score of 84. Teammate Paige Clinton was just two shots back, carding an 86 for third place.
Abbey Hunt claimed sixth with a score of 88 and Chloe McKinney was seventh with a 90. Skyler McKaughan also posted a 100 and Madison Feltman had a 114 but didn’t count in the final team score.
It was much the same at the Bonham event, but was Hunt that took individual honors with a first place score of 82.
McKinney posted an 86 and finished second, Barker added an 88 for third and Clinton was fifth at 90 to help the Lady Lions roll to the tournament title. Feltman also fired a 105 in the 18-hole event.
“Our varsity girls have started off the year very strong,” Durant head coach Tanner Dupree stated. “At this time, we are a little better than we were a year ago but we are still a long way off from where we want and need to be. The girls are putting in the time and doing things the right way for us to be able to repeat our success from last season.
“At Bonham, sophomore Abbey Hunt led the way for the team and won her first high school event. At Haworth’s tournament, sophomore Blayne Barker led the team and won her first tournament. The two seniors are Chloe McKinney and Paige Clinton who will also have tournaments this year that they shoot the best scores for our team. We started just like we wanted but now we get into the harder part of the season. The next event is our home tournament at Chickasaw Pointe with a couple of really good teams coming, so we will see how we hold up against a strong field.”
The tournament at Chickasaw Pointe is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21.
Durant’s junior varsity teams also competed in McCurtain County tournaments this week with several solid showings according to Dupree.
“The JV girls played well at Broken Bow and brought home some medals and a second place finish,” he said. “It was a really good experience for the younger girls. For a couple of them, it was the first time they’ve played 18 holes. We learned a bunch and identified areas that we need to work on moving forward.
“The JV boys started their season at Haworth as well and much like the younger girls, it was the first time in a bigger tournament. We had plenty to learn from after that round. We were paired with Idabel who won the tournament with some really good golf and hopefully those younger guys watched and learned from that experience.”
Durant’s varsity boys will open their season the week after Spring Breek with back-to-back events at Winstar and Chickasaw Pointe.
Contact Kevin Farr at 580-634-2161 or [email protected]