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Defending 4A champs open season with runner-up finish

Mar. 15—One thing is for sure this spring. The Ada High School girls golf team won't win back-to-back Class 4A State champions.

That's because the Lady Cougars have been bumped up and will compete in Class 5A this season.

"This will be the first time ever the Lady Cougars will be competing at the Class 5A level. But going from 4A to 5A will not change all that much for us," said Ada head coach Ron Anderson.

However, if the Lady Cougars want to win consecutive state championships, they'll have to do it with a new No. 1 golfer. Beans Factor has recently transferred to Sequoyah Tahlequah High School.

Anderson's squad kicked off the 2024 season Tuesday at the Durant Punch Out hosted by the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club in Kingston and came away with a runner-up finish. Host Durant won the title with a 373 and Ada followed at 382. Altus finished third at 387 followed by Lone Grove at 390 and Ardmore at 423.

"For our first tournament, I was very proud of the girls for battling the wind and difficult course conditions," Anderson said. "This course is one of the toughest courses the Lady Cougars will play all year. Add the wind and course conditions that have seen better days, it led to high scores for all participants."

London Wilson — who has signed to play college golf at Southwestern University in Weatherford — led the Ada contingent with an 86, good enough for a fifth-place finish in the medalist race. Natalie Blonien of Altus — a signee with the Univeristy of Arkansas — won the championship with a two-over par 74. Joslyn Harbin and Chloe Henderson followed with identical scores of 82. Meredith Reid of Kingston was fourth with an 84.

"London played even better than her score indicates," Anderson said. "This course requires careful ball placement. A slight miss with the short dormant grass will cause the ball to literally trickle into the penalty area. London had seven or eight of those, but just eliminating half of those she would have finished second."

Coalgate senior Raeleigh Madden finished eighth with a score of 89.

The Ada pair of Dani McTague and Kenzie Qualls just missed out on Top 10 finishes with matching scores of 97, good enough for 11th place. Brooklyn Black and Bella Stowers finished at 102 and 105, respectively.

"Besides Natalie, all the girls' scores were high," Anderson said. "But that's why we came here. We wanted to play on a tough course, and I think we'll be better for it. We came to Chickasaw Point for the course challenge, not so much who we are competing with."

The Lady Cougars are back in action Monday, March 18, at the Cardinal Classic — a tournament hosted by Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texoma.

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The Results

GIRLS

Durant Punch Out

Chickasaw Point GC

Team Standings

1. Durant 373

2. ADA 382

3. Altus 387

4. Lone Grove 390

5. Ardmore 423

6. Durant 2 446

7. Lone Grove 2 447

8. Silo 471

9. Caney 522

Top 10 Individuals

1. Natalie Blonien, Altus 74

2. Joslyn Harbin, Durant 82

3. Chloe Henderson, Durant 82

4. Meredith Reid, Kingston 84

5. London Wilson, ADA 86

6. Kamryn Tow, Ardmore 88

7. Alli Townley, Lone Grove 89

8. Raeleigh Madden, Coalgate 89

9. Callie Dollarhide, Haworth 91

10. Emily Lee, Lone Grove 94

Ada Individual Results

London Wilson 86

Kenzie Qualls 97

Dani McTague 97

Brooklyn Black 102

Bella Stowers 105