CUSHING — The Ada High School women’s golf team still couldn’t catch Hilldale in the Tara Robbins Invitational Monday at Buffalo Rock Golf Club. But the Lady Cougars are getting closer.
The Lady Hornets — the defending Class 4A state champions and favorites to win the seventh title in school history this spring — won the Cushing Championship with a team score of 345. Cougars — ranked No. 3 in Class 4A — were second at 364.
“It was a great indication of where we are with our 4A completion. Again, Hilldale is the team we are all chasing,” said Ada Girls Golf Coach Ron Anderson “The gap is closing. We were only 19 shots away.”
Wagoner – ranked No. 4 in Class 4A – was hot on Ada’s heels, finishing third with a 365 followed by Lincoln Christian (No. 2 in Class 3A) at 380 and Cushing (No. 6 in Class 4A) at 382.
“It was a good tune-up for the Class 4A state meet,” Anderson said.
It was good news, bad news when the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the regional Class 4A golf pairings last week. The good news: Ada will be able to play at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course in Seminole. The bad news: Hilldale was also sent to that same regional tournament.
Anderson was less than thrilled with the postseason assignment.
“Going to the regional Seminole is no surprise. But, see Hilldale, there are,” he said.
“I just don’t understand why OSSAA continues to not follow the general rules they have set for themselves. The top four teams should be sent to different regions,” Anderson continued. “OSSAA has to find a better way than a few decisions that affect so many people. But we’re going to play the cards we have and do our best.
Freshman Peyton Beans Factor took the medal crown in Cushing with a 73. Wagoner’s Rylie Spaulding was second, seven strokes back with an individual score of 80. Yukon’s Makaylee Cowan, 80, Addy Asmus, of Hilldale, at 81, and Michelle Vermillion, of Hilldale, at 81, complete the Top 5.
“(Hilldale) doesn’t have a player like we have in Beans, but all of their players are all pretty similar in scoring,” Anderson said.
Ada’s Ava Patterson was next for her team with a 96 and Ava Manwell was a hit of that pace with a 97. London Wilson shot a 98 for the Lady Cougars and Natalie Jussely followed at 114.
Regional 4A in Seminole is scheduled for April 26. The Lady Cougars wrap up their regular season on April 19 at the Tecumseh Invitational hosted by FireLake Golf Course in Shawnee.
monday april 11
Tara Robbins invitation
Buffalo Rock Golf Club
1. Hilldale 345
3. Trolley 365
4. Christian Lincoln 380
7. Weatherford 388
8. Perkins-Tryon 395
The best of the rest: Bethel, Elk City, Fort. Gibson, North Rock Creek, Metro Christian, Newcastle and Prague.
Best individual results
1. Bean Factor 73
2. Rylie Spraulding (Wagoner) 80
3. Makaylee Cowan (Yukon) 80
4. Addy Asmus (Hilldale) 81
5. Michelle Vermillion (Hilldale) 81
6. She Standlee (Prague) 83
Ada Individual Results
Bean Factor 73
Ava Patterson 96
Ava Manwell 97
London Wilson 98
Natalie Jusley 114