The Norman Transcript

April 25, 2013

Area golfers earn state berth after firing lowest rounds of career

By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript

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.

She carded one in Ardmore at Lakeview, and first shot 74 last year at the state tournament, when she improved seven strokes between the first and second rounds.

A long hitter — Hartog estimates she hits her 9-iron 130 or 140 yards — she finally has a round in her pocket that proves she’s getting better.

“I think I only missed two or three greens,” she said.

Down the stretch Hartog was only thinking about making pars. She had her eye on a 70 before making bogey on the par 3 17th, but still approached the 18th tee knowing she was on the verge of the best round of her life.

“I was like,” she said, “fairway, green, two-putt.”

That’s what happened.

Though her team failed to qualify, Hartog, like Greteman, is headed to the state tournament. And if this year is like last year, she can come through with yet another career-low round.

“I just tried to make pars and birdies came along,” she said, “and now I have confidence going into state.”

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.