With no driver in hand, Roff junior golfer still wins title

Mar. 13—WEWOKA — Just before her tee time at the Wewoka Invitational Monday morning, Roff junior Emma Hardison noticed that her driver was missing from her golf bag.

Surely, it was in the car. So Hardison sent her caddy, coach and father, Eric Hardison, to retrieve it. However, there was no driver to be found.

If not having her driver bothered her, no one could tell it. She shot an 89 to capture the medalist crown on the Gil Morgan Golf Course. Hardison has now won back-to-back titles at the Wewoka Invitational. Bree Stockholm of Henryetta was runner-up with a 97 and Preslee Hunt of Davis finished third with a 100.

Eric Hardison said they noticed the driver was missing after taking some practice swings on the range.

"We were warming up on the range and after hitting all her clubs we went to pull out her driver and it wasn't in her bag. I ran back to our vehicle and there was no club," the caddy told The Ada News. "I think she will fire her caddie since I loaded her clubs and left her driver."

Emma Hardison made due by using her 3-wood and 5-wood off the tee box.

"That was probably good for her because she rarely hits those clubs," her coach said.

Emma Hardison played her best golf over the first nine holes, which included three pars. It is believed she's the first-ever female golfer from Roff High School. Hardison qualified for the Class 2A State Tournament the past two years while attending Caney High School.

"I was extremely proud of how well she played in windy conditions. She hits the ball really straight so her ball wasn't moving left or right, it was only affected when we were downwind or into the wind," Eric Hardison the coach said.

That wasn't the end of Emma's Monday story. Following her morning on the golf course, the two Hardisons headed to Crowder to join the Lady Tigers on the softball diamond. Eric Hardison is the coach of that team, too. But while he and Emma were away on the golf course, the Roff softball team was left under the guidance of assistant Missy Rogers and RHS girls basketball coach Whitney Robertson.

"We made a mad dash to Crowder to play softball. We arrived in the fifth inning and she jumped in and played third base for the remainder of the game," the softball coach said. "Missy already had a lead for us when we got there, so all was good!"

Roff won that softball contest 12-5. And Emma Haridson hit a hard line drive to the shortstop in her only at-bat of the game.

Emma will return to the course on March 27 at the Canadian Invitational hosted by the Arrowhead State Park Golf Course with a driver in hand. There is no RHS softball on the schedule that day.

Byng girls win team title in WewokaWEWOKA — The Byng High School girls golf team won the championship at the Wewoka Invitational with a score of 436. Davis was runner-up at 443 and Henryetta placed third at 456.

Freshman Haven Leslie paced the Lady Pirates with a score of 102. Brooklyn Ross, another freshman, was two strokes back at 104, good enough for sixth place. Senior Allie Gilleland was eight with a score of 107.

"I'm extremely proud of all the girls and the way that they competed yesterday in our first tournament of the year. We led from the beginning and were able to stay together and finish the tournament in first place," Byng second-year head coach Jonathan Valdez told The Ada News.

The Lady Pirates return to the course on March 25 at the Seminole Invitational.