The Territory pounded by 20-minute hail storm Thursday

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Spring weather in Oklahoma threw another curveball Thursday when on an otherwise mild sunny day with no previous warnings a sudden hailstorm formed and pounded the town of Duncan including The Territory Golf Club for a good 20 minutes with hail reaching the size of golf balls or larger.

Danny Holt, superintendent at The Territory, said one of his assistants had a weather app which warned of a fast-forming thunderstorm and they were able to get the golfers pulled from the course about 20 minutes before hail began falling at 1:30 p.m. There was no rain or lightning. Damage to the course was mostly leaves knocked from the trees and indentations in the greens, which Holt said his crew was able to mow this morning and get rid of most. There was actually still some hail in shady spots by Friday morning even though the temperature was 70 degrees.

Those who had cars in the parking lot were not as fortunate in terms of avoiding damage. Holt said one owner of a new truck had his sunroof blown out. All exposed vehicles had hail damage. Hail said the roofs on structures at The Territory had yet to be assessed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Holt said. “We’ve got some cart paths you can’t even see this morning because of all the leaves down.”

The Territory is in the middle of a busy golf season, having already hosted a local U.S. Open qualifier and earlier this week the Class 2A boys state championship, with Korn Ferry Tour qualifying, the OGA’s Red River Cup Matches and more still on the schedule.

The indentations made by the golf-ball sized hail that fell at The Territory Thursday.


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