In what has become an unwanted tradition, cold temperatures and relentless wind gusts greeted the 17 teams bidding for the crown at the 2019 El Reno High School Girls Invitational.
“It’s tradition. I remember playing one year when it was sleeting,” said El Reno head coach Brooke Robinson.
Playing on the par 72 Crimson Creek Golf Course, which two days earlier had 80-degree weather for the boys tourney, the girls were subjected to 40-degree temperatures at tee time and winds over 20 miles per hour.
The elements played a huge part as only four teams broke 400, with Noble winning the title with a 368. Ardmore was second with a 376, followed by Kingfisher in third with a 391, a stroke better than Carl Albert.
Piedmont was fifth with a 400, while Lawton MacArthur slipped in two strokes ahead of El Reno for sixth place at 416. The Indians were tied for seventh place with Tuttle at 418, while Guthrie (425) and Putnam City (427) rounded out the top 10.
The rest of the team field was Enid (429), Chisholm (429), Community Christian (445), Mustang (452), Mustang JV (475) and Tuttle JV (484).
Ninnekah started with four golfers but one withdrew, leaving the rest of the team to bid for individual honors.
There were 90 golfers who started the day but four withdrew. One of those was in the group with El Reno senior Tori Finnigan.
“She just said she had enough and quit,” said Finnigan.
Finnigan had the low round for the six El Reno girls in the tourney with a 98 and was the lone EHS player to break under 100.
There were only 19 rounds under 100 on the day.
Emily Ryan had the second low score for El Reno with a 106, a stroke better than teammates Brilee Garrett and Kamara Lagaly. Melissa Jones with a 111 capped off the five team scores.
Morgan Holloway, playing as an individual for El Reno, carded a 107.