McALESTER — The McAlester Lady Buffaloes played in plenty of 18-hole tournaments this spring. And they cruised through the first 18 holes of Wednesday’s Class 5A state golf tournament at the Duncan Tennis and Golf Club, shooting a combined 426 for eighth place out of 12 teams.
But State is a 36-hole tournament, not 18. And both the Lady Buffs and coach Aron Holt agreed the physical exhaustion that comes with an extra day of play led to the team’s second-day score of 465 and drop to 11th place.
“We played a practice round on Tuesday, so we played 18 holes three days in a row,” Holt said Wednesday.
“It was such an incredible atmosphere with the TV cameras and the galleries. .... To get to experience that with these girls was really something special.”
Senior Madison Young wrapped up her high school golf career in style, leading the Lady Buffs with a 208. She shot a 100 on the first day, then a 107 on the second.
Young had set a personal goal of breaking 100 at a tournament earlier in the season, and she came within one stroke of achieving that goal at State.
“How I was hitting the ball, I should’ve shot lower,” Young said.
“I kept hitting trees, or it would go in water.”
Madalyn Nix finished just two strokes behind Young. She shot a 101, birdying a par-four hole Wednesday, then shot a 108 for a 209 two-day score.
“Being a freshman, going to State the first year, I think I did pretty well with the situation and conditions at hand,” Nix said. Of her birdie, she said, “I had a good drive, and I hit it onto the green and I putted it in.”
Alli Furlong shot a 103 the first day, but her score shot up to 135 the second day. High school golf allows a team to drop its highest score so long as it has four other scores to submit, so the Lady Buffs dropped Furlong’s 135.