|05/10/18 - |
OKLAHOMA CITY — Ada senior Hannah Price recorded a two-day score of 84-93—177 and finished 20th at the Class 4A State Tournament, held last week at the Lake Hefner South Golf Course.
Price really had things going her way on Day 1 and carded a career-low score of 84. But after a two-hour rain delay to start the second round, Price couldn’t retain the same steady pace she opened with.
Her first-day score had her in 11th place overall, despite playing with wind gusts of around 25-30 miles per hour.
“I’m so proud of how Hannah played on day one. Because she’s not the longest hitter on the course, she made adjustments to improve her scores,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “The winds didn’t seem to bother her with accuracy and putting on the green.”
Anderson said the wet course slowed Price down on the second day of competition.
“With the dry and windy conditions on day one, she played a punch-and-run approach,” he explained. “However, on day two, the soggy conditions didn’t play in her favor. It’s hard to punch and run with puddles of water all over the course.”
Sophomore Lauren John, the only returning member of the Ada High girls golf team, finished in the 38th spot (out of over 70 competitors) with a score of 94-96—190.
“Lauren played very well from tee to green. She just simply struggled around the green, most particularly with the putter,” Anderson said.
Class 4A juggernaut Plainview, coached by former Ada High standout Taylor Howard, ran away with the championship with a score of 305-309—614. Hilldale was runner-up at 316-314—630, while Grove was third at 337-347—684.
“Year in and year out, Class 4A dominates girls golf regardless of class size. Our girls competed again in a tough tournament with a lot of good golfers,” Anderson said.
Newcastle’s Chloe Black captured medalist honors, shooting 76-67—143. Hilldale’s Jordan Clayborn was just a stroke behind with a score of 73-71—144. Katie Finley of Plainview was next at 72-76—148.
Anderson said Price, who has signed to play with Mid American Christian College in Oklahoma City, just kept getting better throughout her prep career.
“Every coach should get the opportunity to coach a player like Hannah regardless of sport.
She was coachable, improving each year and, more specifically, each tournament this season,” he said. “Hannah is excited about playing at the next level, and I look forward to watching her continue to play competitive golf.”
Anderson said he looks forward to working with John for two more years.
“Lauren may be the most improved player from freshman to sophomore I’ve had while at Ada,” he said. “If she continues to put the time in and improve during the offseason, she could be a very good player for the Lady Cougars.”
Anderson said he would have loved to have seen seniors Lakshana Ramakrishnan and Karsyn Johnson get the opportunity to compete at state.
“I feel bad that Lakshana and Karsyn missed going to state this year because of us being sent west to the Clinton regional. Had we gone to the Seminole regional, I feel certain the entire team would have qualified,” he said.
Anderson said he’s proud of the accomplishments of the still-young Lady Cougar golf program.
“Many people may have forgotten that Ada’s first-ever girls golf team was only nine years ago. We’ve had a great run, qualifying six teams and three individuals for state,” he said.
“We’ve also had three college signees during the past 10 years. Taylor Howard (OCU), Olivia Pruitt (Seminole) and now Hannah (Mid-America Christian),” he said.
Anderson hopes to see more female athletes at Ada High get interested in competitive golf.
“Losing three seniors this year leaves Lauren the only returner next season. I’ll be hitting the hallways again, trying to convince at least three girls to take a try at golf,” he explained. “Junior golf needs to be a priority with girls, as it is with the boys.”