By Ken MacLeod
Sydney Hermann was ready to reward herself with a trip to Braum’s after a clutch 1-under 71 lifted her to the Class 6A state championship Thursday at Earlywine Golf Course in Oklahoma City.
Edmond North, meanwhile, received equally impressive rounds from its top two players as Grace Griggs shot an even-par 72 and Emily Miller came in at 74, powering the Huskies to a seven-shot victory over Jenks and their second consecutive state championship under coach Brock VanCleave.
Griggs, a senior who is committed to Southern Methodist, had alerted her coach the night before that the tournament had her first round of 80 listed as a 79. Armed with a clear conscience, she played brilliantly Thursday, jumping from well back to fourth overall.
“It shows her character in making it right as soon as she found out,” VanCleave said. “We always say we would rather lose with integrity than win and feel bad about it. But this is just a great culmination for her and how hard she’s worked. She’s coming off double knee surgery and just been getting better and better.”
Miller placed third individually at 150. The Huskies also received big improvements from Claire Ledbetter, who shot 80-76, and Natalie Igo (85-79).
Jenks was led by top-10 finishers Kennedy Maybee (79-75) and Katelyn Bollenbach (81-74).
Hermann overtook first-round leader Emma Shelley of Bartlesville, who struggled with her putter all afternoon to mar an otherwise an otherwise fine ball striking day and shot 77. Shelley had opened with a 71 and Hermann 74. The two friends have been competing since age 11 and embraced afterward.
“The game plan today was to be aggressive and see if I can shoot low,” said Hermann, who will attend Dalton State (Ga.) College on a golf scholarship next fall.
Hermann was just that on the par-5 eighth hole, bombing a drive of over 280 yards and knocking a wedge to 5 feet and converting the eagle putt. She also reached the par-5 18th in two shots and two-putted for birdie. Her only bogeys came on holes 15 and 16, but she never doubted herself.
“This is unreal,” she said. “It’s what I’ve wanted all year and I’ve fought for it. I just said anything that you can go for today, go for it.”
Shelley, who was vying to follow former teammate Faith Hopkins as 6A individual champion, said it was just one of those days where no putts would fall.
Ponca City’s Sydney Hermann shot a 1-under final round 71 to win 6A girls state championship at Earlywine Golf Course in Oklahoma City. Bartlesville‘s Emma Shelley led after one round but fell to second with 148.
Class 6A Championship
At Earlywine Golf Course, Oklahoma City; Par 72
1. Edmond North 321-301—622
2. Jenks 322-307—629
3. Edmond Memorial 322-327—649
4. Broken Arrow 336-341—677
5. Bixby 341-348—689
6. Yukon 340-353—693
7. Norman North 359-339—698
T8. Bartlesville 345-356—701
T8. Owasso 349-352—701
10. Union 358-361—719
11. Westmoore 372-361—733
12. Edmond Deer Creek 395-381—776
1. Sydney Hermann, Ponca City 73-71—144
2. Emma Shelley, Bartlesville 71-77—148
4. Grace Griggs, Edmond North 80-72—152
T5. Alyssa Wilson, Yukon 76-78—154
T5. Kennedy Maybee, Jenks 79-75—154
T7. Lilly Whitley, Edmond Memorial 80-75—155
T7. Katelyn Bollenbach, Jenks 81-74—155
T9. Madison Foster, Owasso 78-78—156
T9. Claire Ledbetter, Edmond North 80-76—156
Bartlesville: Lisa Brown 89-92—181; Madeline Lewis 91-90—181; Presley Parks 94-97—191; Alli Wood 100-108-208
Broken Arrow: Campbell Payne 79-79—158; Halle Bullen 86-83—169; Avery Clevenger 82-89—171; Nina Aills 89-91—180; Kayley McBride 93-90—183
Choctaw: Mia Pendleton 79-80—159
Edmond Deer Creek: Bailey Powell 84-79—163; Leah LaForge 93-99—192; Emma Divine 101-97—198; Caroline Sabolich 118-106—224; Lauren Herd 117-117—234
Edmond Memorial: Olivia Coit 78-79—157, Loren Ogburn 81-80—161; Isabel Hoppe 83-97—180; Ashlee McDaniel 98-93—191
Edmond North: Natalie Igo 85-79—164; Jenna Triplett 91-83—174
Edmond Santa Fe: Ivy Harris 94-93—187
Jenks: Meg Medders 80-81—161; Taylor Hatheway 82-79-161; Adrian Piles 87-79—166
Moore: Olivia Ziebro 83-83—166
Mustang: Macy Walker 82-88—170
Norman: Makenzie Merkley 86-76—162; Kenli Divelbiss 81-83—164; Baylee Samonte 97-84—181; Catherine Sullivan 95-96—191; Ayla Fetters 101-101—202
Owasso: Brianna Maddux 90-79—169; Carly Lowe 85-90—175; Mackenzie Fields 96-105—201; Sadie McDonald 118-110—228
Putnam City: Rebecca Davis 89-83—172
Putnam City North: Sydney Mason 94-87—181
Putnam City West: Carter Russell 92-94—186
Sand Springs: Meghan Charles 80-87—167
Shawnee: Rebekah Epperly 100-89—189
Stillwater: Hailey Parks 98-85—183; Karsan Diel 102-107—209
Union: Jana Tunley 80-81—161; Cierra Tunley 89-89—178; Brooke Carroll 91-98—189; Tessa Gardenhire 98-93—191; Mary Schulte 123-102—225
Westmoore: Peyton Glenn 93-89—182; Savannah Davis 94-90—184; Julia Branum 96-90—186; Morgan Harris 89-101—190; Priscilla Alvarez 100-92—192
Yukon: Ashlyn Acosta 81-84—165; Cynthia DeLoera 88-95—183; Mallorie Gay 95-96—191; Emma Deatherage 107-110—217