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April 25, 2013

Area golfers earn state berth after firing lowest rounds of career

NORMAN — Edmond North, Choctaw, Edmond Santa Fe and Mustang ran away with the girls Class 6A regional golf tournament played Wednesday at Westwood Park Golf Course.

Those four teams, led by the Huskies tourney-winning 18-hole score of 320, were separated by only seven strokes.

Additionally, Edmond Memorial (343) and Southmoore (345) rounded out the top six — of the 14-team event — that earned their way to the state tournament, beginning May 1 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond.

And still, the most compelling stories of the day may have been provided by a couple of area golfers, each of which turned in the best rounds of her competitive life.

Norman High sophomore Tess Hartog fired off a 71, three strokes better than any round she’d ever played, and Moore senior Taylor Greteman, one week after shooting 88 at the Mid-State Conference tournament at Willow Creek in Oklahoma City, also fired off a 71 to return to the state tournament after first earning her way as a freshman.

Greteman proved how deep she was into every shot by failing to remember her scores on each hole. She began on the back nine, where she shot 36, then turned around and shot 35 on the front, even par on both sides from the women’s tees at Norman’s municipal golf course.

As for birdies and bogies, well, Greteman could not remember.

“My mental game really helped me out today,” she said.

Headed to St. Gregory’s in the fall on a golf scholarship, Greteman now has reason to believe the Cavaliers will be getting an improving golfer when she arrives.

“For me to come back and shoot even par,” she said, “shows me that if I keep my head straight, I can actually score.”

Hartog still has a long way to go in her prep golf career. Wednesday made it two straight trips to the state tournament, but she has plenty of time to ply her trade after that. And, no longer is she stuck on 74 as her best round.

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