Hopkins shoots 1-under 71 to lead Class 6A at Hillcrest CC

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BARTLESVILLE — An eagle and two birdies led to a 1-under round of 71 and a four-shot lead for Bartlesville’s Faith Hopkins after the first round of the Class 6A State Championship on her home course Hillcrest Country Club.

The Oklahoma State signee’s superb effort kept the Bruins in the thick of the team race as well, just three shots behind Jenks (333) and one shot ahead of Edmond North at 337. Bixby, led by Natalie Gough’s round of 75, second best in the tournament, is third at 344.

Hopkins eagled the par-5 seventh hole and added two birdies to overcome strong winds and a fast-running course in which the Bermuda fairways and roughs have only just begun to fill in after a rough winter.

“It’s been my dream since I was little to win a state title and I haven’t got the job done yet,” Hopkins said. “I’ve tried the last couple of years and have fallen short. To win it on my home course with all my family and friends here, it would mean the world to me.”

Hopkins said her extensive experience on the demanding Hillcrest layout was invaluable.

“It means a lot, especially on this course,” she said. “The best thing is knowing where not to miss.”

 “I was completely calm at the start and maintained that through the whole round,” Hopkins said. “Mentally, I composed myself much better than I ever have in previous tournaments.”

Sapulpa’s Makenzie Hughes made a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole.


Class 6A championship

At Hillcrest Country Club, Bartlesville

Par 72


1. Jenks 333

2. Bartlesville 336

3. Edmond North 337

4. Bixby 344

5. Norman 351

6. Broken Arrow 366

7. Union 367

8. Yukon 368

9. Ed. Memorial 380

10. Ed. Deer Creek 390

10. Southmoore 390

12. Owasso 405

Top Individuals

1. Faith Hopkins, Bartlesville 71

2. Natalie Gough, Bixby 75

3t. Madison Smith, Southmoore 79

3t. Mia Pendleton, Choctaw 79

5. Grace Griggs, Edmond North 80

6t. Faith Belmear, Owasso 81

6t. Avery Clevenger, Broken Arrow 81

6t. Madison Foster, Owasso 81

6t. Hayden Meiser, Norman 81

10t. Lilly Whitley, Edmond Memorial 82

10t. Emilie Jackson, Edmond North 82

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